The 8 Best Cinnamons of 2019

Add this versatile spice to both sweet and savory dishes

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Burlap and Barrel Cinnamon Verum at Burlap and Barrel

“A high-quality and versatile cinnamon to use in the kitchen.”

Best Ceylon: Simply Organic Ground Ceylon Cinnamon at Amazon

“Users praise the subtle flavor of this ground cinnamon.”

Best Organic: Frontier Co-op Ground Ceylon Cinnamon at Walmart

“Not only is this cinnamon organic, but it’s also non-GMO and kosher.”

Best Basic: McCormick Ground Cinnamon at Amazon

“This is the cinnamon that you’re probably most familiar with.”

Best Cinnamon Sticks: Frontier Organic Cinnamon Sticks at Amazon

“Offers a more robust and rich flavor compared to powdered cinnamon.”

Best for Beverages: Organic Korintje Cinnamon Sticks at Amazon

“Contains 100 cinnamon sticks that you can incorporate into beverages.”

Best Cinnamon Sugar: FreshJax Maple Cinnamon Sugar at Amazon

“Boasts a subtle maple flavor for a unique (and delicious) twist.”

Best Splurge: Burma Spice Ground Ceylon Cinnamon at Amazon

“Packaged the day it is ground for maximum freshness.”

  • 01 of 08

    Best Overall: Burlap and Barrel Cinnamon Verum

    Burlap and Barrel Cinnamon Verum
    Courtesy of Burlap and Barrel.

    Cinnamon is a highly versatile spice that can be used in both savory dishes (like soups and stews) and sweet recipes, like pies, cookies, and even your breakfast oatmeal. If you're looking for high-quality and versatile cinnamon to use in the kitchen, Burlap and Barrel's Cinnamon Verum is our top pick.

    Sourced from the Zanzibar Islands off the coast of Tanzania, this cinnamon is hand-cut and sun-dried in order to preserve its freshness and complex flavoring. It's grown organically in the hillside, with notes of sea salt, brown sugar, raw honey, and citrus peel in the flavor profile. It's considered cinnamon verum (or "true" cinnamon) which means that it comes from the bark of the Ceylon cinnamon tree. There are two main types of cinnamon, and Ceylon cinnamon is the healthier variety.

    If you haven't heard of Burlap and Barrel, they're the only importer of Zanzibar spices to the United States, and they maintain a highly respectable reputation in the culinary world.

    Available in a 1.8 ounce glass jar or a 14 ounce plastic container.

  • 02 of 08

    Best Ceylon: Simply Organic Ground Ceylon Cinnamon

    Ceylon cinnamon is one of two main types of cinnamon and it has a distinctive color and taste that sets it apart from cinnamon cassia—the more common variety typically found in the supermarket or dollar store. Ceylon is healthier and free of coumarin, which makes it a popular choice for those who consume a lot of cinnamon in their diet. For a well-reviewed option with plenty of fans, we recommend Simply Organic's Ground Ceylon Cinnamon.

    Users praise the subtle flavor of this ground cinnamon, although a few noted that it was much milder than the cassia cinnamon they were used to. "I like the aroma and softer flavor of this version (Ceylon) compared to the more pungent 'traditional' cinnamon (Cassia) which can be a bit bitter by itself," wrote one reviewer online. "It's a new staple in my cupboard." A shaker top makes it easy to sprinkle onto foods, or you can take the shaker off to measure the correct amount for your baking needs. It's also non-GMO, organic, and kosher.

    If you bake often, make sure that you have a good set of measuring cups to help with exact measurements.

  • 03 of 08

    Best Organic: Frontier Co-op Ground Ceylon Cinnamon

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    Courtesy of Walmart

    Another Ceylon cinnamon worth considering is the Frontier Co-op Ground Ceylon Cinnamon. Not only is this cinnamon organic, but it’s also non-GMO verified, non-irradiated (free of carcinogenic chemicals), kosher, and it's Fair Trade Certified, which means that you're supporting farming families and fair wages through the purchase of this product. It's sourced from Sri Lanka and has a sweet and warm flavor that lends itself well to cookies, cakes, and other baked goods. Many customers noted that the flavor was better than grocery store versions, and agreed that the taste of "true" cinnamon is well worth the price.

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  • 04 of 08

    Best Basic: McCormick Ground Cinnamon

    McCormick is a trusted name in the food industry and their company has been around for more than 125 years, so this is the cinnamon that you’re probably most familiar with. Because their ground cinnamon is classified as cinnamon cassia the flavor profile will be much stronger and sweeter than Ceylon cinnamon. According to reviewers, this spice has a wonderful smell and the sweet flavor evoked childhood memories of trips to the mall for giant cinnamon rolls. Several reviewers also said that this cinnamon works as an ant repellent in their garden or even around the house. Sprinkling ground cinnamon where ants usually congregate may deter them from coming back.

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  • 05 of 08

    Best Cinnamon Sticks: Frontier Organic Cinnamon Sticks

    Fragrant, warm, and deliciously spicy, Frontier Organic Whole Cinnamon Sticks are a great item to keep stocked in your kitchen. These cinnamon sticks, also called quills, offer a more robust and rich flavor compared to powdered cinnamon and will last much longer. For added flavor, toss one of these sticks into a bowl of oatmeal while it’s cooking or place into a steaming mug of herbal tea for a comforting bedtime drink. You can even add one of these sticks to your slow cooker with different meats to add heat and spice to your dish. These sticks are certified organic, non-GMO, and kosher, and reviewers call these "the best cinnamon sticks ever," noting the bright flavor and aroma.

  • 06 of 08

    Best for Beverages: Feel Good Organics Organic Korintje Cinnamon Sticks

    Warm beverages garnished or sweetened with cinnamon offer a pleasant alternative to tea that's sweetened with sugar. Cinnamon also carries many health benefits (it's loaded with antioxidants), and the smell of cinnamon is said to boost your alertness and concentration. If you're looking to incorporate cinnamon sticks into some of your favorite beverages, we recommend using the Feel Good Organics Organic Korintje Cinnamon Sticks. This Indonesian cinnamon is Cinnamomum burmaniia, which has a smoother taste compared to other varieties. The bag contains 100 hard cinnamon sticks which are cut to 2.75 inches long, so you can add them to your tea, coffee, cocktails (like a hot toddy or mulled wine), and hot chocolate with ease.

  • 07 of 08

    Best Cinnamon Sugar: FreshJax Maple Cinnamon Sugar Topping

    Not your average topping, this sweet alternative to cinnamon sugar boasts a subtle maple flavor for a unique (and delicious) twist. You can use it the same way you'd use regular cinnamon sugar, but it lends itself to different dishes since the flavors are more complex. You’ll get the sweetness of coconut sugar along with the familiar flavors of maple and cinnamon, plus a hint of salt to bring it all together. Mix it into your egg mixture when you whip up French toast, sprinkle it onto muffins before you slide them in the oven, or incorporate it into meat rubs for warmth and richness. Customers call this a great new flavor addition and love that it's gluten-free and kosher.

    If you're craving a more basic topping, it's easy enough to make cinnamon sugar at home using ingredients you already have in your pantry. Just make sure to store it properly so it stays fresh!

  • 08 of 08

    Best Splurge: Burma Spice Ground Ceylon Cinnamon

    Customers rave about this boutique ground Ceylon cinnamon that's sold in an attractive container. It’s certainly more expensive than most, but Burma Spice grinds their cinnamon several times a week to make sure it’s fresh for their customers, and it’s packaged the day it is ground. Their "true" cinnamon is sourced from Sri Lanka and contains zero additives. No harmful preservatives, colors, or cassia cinnamon powder are mixed in. It's also gluten and dairy free, vegan, and non-GMO. And if you're looking for unique gift ideas for the foodie or baker in your life, this 1.4-ounce glass jar with toggle closure would make a beautiful addition to any gift basket.

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