I have found what could quite possibly be the world’s largest cinnamon roll. I’m not counting the cinnamon rolls that are made as part of a stunt to get into some sort of world record book or in honor of National Cinnamon Roll day (if there is such a thing, which I’m sure there probably is). I’m just talking about your everyday, average, run-of-the-mill cinnamon rolls served at diners, cafes and restaurants on a regular basis.
I encountered this behemoth, butter-laden pastry at the Rocking Chair Cafe in Conway, Missouri which is smack-dab between Springfield and Lebanon along I-44. I’d read the cinnamon rolls were big here, but I was not fully prepared for what I saw as the waitress approached my table. When she saw my face she guffawed. Other patrons whispered and tittered as I whipped out my camera to take a photo (little did they know that I take pictures of lots of food).
It was so big it was spilling off the plate. This cinnamon roll was 7 inches across and 3 1/2 inches high in the center and about 3 inches around the outside (yes, I actually used a ruler). And DAMN was it ever good. Sometimes big food can be really disappointing, but not this time. They way I figure it, it was at least 147 cu. inches of scrumptiousness. And I know I’m a hypocrite the way I go on about this cinnamon roll because I’m the first to complain about how gargatuan portion sizes doled out at restaurants are making Americans fat, but in my defense I had to struggle to finish half of it.
I googled for photos of what other people consider the “biggest cinnamon roll” and found a few examples here and here that pale in comparison to the monster at the Rocking Chair. Are there any other cinnamon rolls out there that can beat this one? I’d love to see it if there is.