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Cinnamon Bun and Chocolate Mint Coffee Make Mornings Less Awful

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What’s a good reason to get loaded up on caffeine way too early in the morning? There’s never a good reason, but if you’re gonna do it, it might as well be with dessert in a cup. We recently tried out Eight O’ Clock’s new Cinnamon Bun and Chocolate Mint coffee on a morning when we all needed the extra boost.

However, the Cinnamon Bun flavor tasted like cinnamon buns in the same way orange soda tastes like oranges. It was tasty, yes, but it definitely wasn’t cinnamon or bun. Same went for the Chocolate Mint — definitely got some interesting sweetness in there, but again, neither chocolate nor mint were detected.

Still, it got the job done and by the end of our cups we got that jolt of energy we were looking for. A surprise, seeing as both brews featured a gentle taste that left you wondering if you ingested any caffeine at all. Still, we’d take cinnamon buns and chocolate mint in our cup o’ Joe any day.

Photo Courtesy of Peter Pham

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Cinnamon Bun Bark

Those folks who make Cookie Dough Bites are on to something with their newest creation: Cinnamon Bun Bites. I don’t think I agree that they taste “fresh from the oven,” but I’m sure we can all agree that they taste good.  They taste so good, in fact, that they were the inspiration for my latest candy bark creation: Cinnamon Bun Bark. Yum!

 

Cinnamon Bun Bark

Ingredients

  • 12oz white chocolate chips
  • 3oz chocolate covered raisins
  • 3oz yogurt covered raisins
  • 3oz Cinnamon Bun Bites
  • 1/2c cinnamon drizzle (recipe below)

Directions

  1. Ready a cookie sheet with wax.
  2. Cut Cinnamon Bites in half, and combine with both kinds of raisins in a bowl.
  3. Melt white chocolate chips and spread out on baking sheet.
  4. Drizzle most of the, uh, drizzle over the melted chocolate.
  5. Sprinkle the raisins and bun bites over top of that.
  6. Top everything off with the the last bits of drizzle.
  7. Pop it in the freezer to set and then break apart.

I gave about half of it away and ate pretty much all of the rest. (It was hard to resist, kind of like me!)  The drizzle doesn’t actually set fully, and it melts quickly so I suggest that you either a) store the bark in the freezer, or b) mix the drizzle into the chocolate before you spread it out on your cookie sheet.  If you go with option B, I’m sure it will taste just as amazing but make less of a mess.

Cinnamon Drizzle: 1/2c powdered sugar, generous 1/4t cinnamon, 1/2t of vanilla and 2-3T milk (or, if, like me, you are out of milk, you could use vanilla-flavored coffee creamer instead of the vanilla and milk).

I’m totally into taking a dessert and turning into candy bark, so you’ll probably see more like this from me soon. In the meantime, make this Cinnamon Bun Bark, your friends, your family and your taste buds will thank you.