Rodelle Cinnamon – What’s the Difference?

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We’re already ramping up production for fall baking and cooking at Rodelle! And, we’ve been busy launching our line of Organic Ground Spices, including Turmeric, Ginger and Cinnamon. Because Rodelle now offers two types of Cinnamon, we wanted to demonstrate some of the unique characteristics of each product in this post.

Let’s start with the basics. All varieties of cinnamon are obtained from the inner bark of trees from the genus Cinnamomum – the majority of the world’s cinnamon is produced in Indonesia, China, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Cinnamon has many uses in sweet and savory foods, and has been used in many different ethnic cuisines for centuries. Many people also have relied on cinnamon for its antioxidant, healing and health properties. You can read more about the health benefits of cinnamon in this article!

The two primary types of Cinnamon in the United States are Cassia and Ceylon. Most of the cinnamon you will find on the shelves is cassia cinnamon which has a notably strong, spicy flavor. Rodelle’s Gourmet Cinnamon Sticks are from the cassia genus and perfect for several baking, cooking and lifestyle applications. Because the cassia cinnamon is much thicker and stronger than ceylon cinnamon, if you want to grind Rodelle Cinnamon Sticks at home, we recommend working in very small batches with a high-powered spice grinder. That being said, we definitely prefer recipes that take advantage of the whole length and unique beauty of the whole cinnamon sticks. Some of our favorite ways to use whole cinnamon sticks: garnish on cupcakes, brewed into a comforting mulled wine, as part of a DIY scent freshener, and simmered in recipes like Apple Butter!

Ceylon Cinnamon is known by many as “true cinnamon” – it is distinctive because of its lighter color, sweeter flavor and lower levels of coumarin – which can be detrimental when consumed in very high quantities. Cinnamon has long been demonstrated to be beneficial when used in moderation for medical purposes (under the guidance of your physician), and many people seek out ceylon cinnamon for this reason. Rodelle Organic Ceylon Cinnamon is conveniently ground and easy to add to your oatmeal, smoothies, cookies, soups and more! We recommend having both types of Cinnamon, whole stick and ground, in your pantry to use in different applications. You can find both products seasonally at select Costco stores, and we’ll have the products available in our Amazon store by the end of the summer!

 

Rodelle + KitchenAid Summer Sweetstakes

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Rodelle is so excited to announce our 2017 Summer Sweetstakes contest with our friends at KitchenAid! We’re running the cool contest from now until July 26th and encourage you to enter as often as you like to increase your chances to win! We’ve designed the contest with more than 10 chances to win all summer long, and there are some great prizes you won’t want to miss! You can enter in many ways – just get started with your email address or Facebook account in the widget on our giveaway page.

In addition to a Rodelle gift basket with all you need to whip up your favorite baked goods and frozen treats, grand prize winners (US-only) will receive and a new 5-Quart Artisan Series KitchenAid Stand Mixer (in your choice of color) and a KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment! We’ve got the website contest up and running now and we hope you will stay tuned for an extra special Instagram contest that will be rolling out in the next week – giving you even more chances to win with Rodelle and KitchenAid!

The Rodelle Summer Sweetstakes is definitely focused on Ice Cream this year, and what a better way to indulge a little this summer than with a scoop of homemade vanilla bean old fashioned ice cream? Our favorite recipe has an easy custard base that is sure to freeze up perfectly each time. And, we throw in a bonus recipe for a homemade vanilla bean ice cream cone. You can save this recipe for later in the summer when the winning prizes have been sent out. If you do that, we definitely recommend this no-churn recipe for homemade blizzards so you won’t miss out on the fun in the meantime! With an edible peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough, you will definitely not miss any of the flavor!

Enjoy, enter often and good luck to you!