After many debates around the office about the best bakery in the area, and more specifically, the best cinnamon rolls around, we decided to conduct an experiment. I present to you the Tallgrass Title Cinnamon Roll Vision Quest. In providing title services across the Flint Hills region, our staff has gotten into the habit of making pit stops for cinnamon rolls (and cookies and muffins…stay tuned) in the various towns we travel to and from to conduct title searches, perform mobile notary services, or deliver commission checks. We decided to put the debate to rest and execute a super scientific analysis.
Alma Bakery and Sweet Shoppe, Alma
Sugar Creek Country Store, St. Marys
Friendship House, Wamego
Bluestem Bistro, Manhattan
Tasty Pastry, Clay Center
Kawffee Pot, St. George
After sampling each cinnamon roll, our team completed a survey evaluating the specimen in regard to the flavor and quality of icing, roll density and flavor, the element of cinnamon (or lack thereof), appearance, and one’s personal desire to buy this cinnamon roll for their friends.
Best in Cinnamon-tography
Whereas many of the otherwise delicious cinnamon rolls we tested lacked a strong cinnamon flavor, the rolls from St. George’s Kawffee Pot possessed a delightful amount of cinnamon goo. These rolls also had a rich and flavorful icing with elements of vanilla and almond. These were definitely the sweetest of the contenders; if you’re looking for a rich and dessert-like treat, Kawffee Pot is the way to go! The rolls themselves were quite fluffy, moist, and flavorful.
Radina’s and Bluestem Bistro, both located in Manhattan, served up the heartiest rolls we tried – maybe meals in themselves. Both rolls were light, airy, and very fluffy! Both less sweet than their rivals, Radina’s quality bread delivered a cinnamon roll that felt a little more appropriate for breakfast than dessert. Bluestem Bistro’s rolls were by far the fluffiest and most moist of our contenders.
Icing on the Cake!
The Alma Bakery and Sweet Shoppe and Sugar Creek in St. Marys both had such impeccable icing, our data collection resulted in a tie. Thick, buttery, and perhaps sour cream-y, Sugar Creek delivered an outstanding icing that complimented their perfectly sized moist, albeit a bit dense, rolls. Alma has stood out as a fan favorite around the office, in part due to their delicate, natural flavored icing paired with light and airy rolls with a strong cinnamon flavor. These rolls didn’t last long around the office, what did last was the team scheming up reasons to drive to Alma for more.
Best in Show
Perfect and strategically located down the street from Tallgrass Title headquarters. Our old faithful Friendship House cinnamon rolls. Moist, light, and hearty cinnamon rolls with a perfect ratio of rich, buttery icing. And impeccably cute. 100% of respondents said these rolls were just right on sweetness, although there was some disagreement on whether they had quite enough cinnamon.
A Nutty Honorable Mention
A visit to Clay Center brought the Tasty Pastry into the competition. However, they were fresh out of cinnamon rolls that day. Lucky for us, a local advised we check out the Nut Rolls. Covered in scrumptious nuts with plenty of cinnamon, icing, and still in a roll shape! These treats might qualify more as donuts but trust me, they still won us over.
Here at Tallgrass Title, we’re happy to help with all your title insurance needs, it’s our job! Feel free to contact our title professionals with questions arising with a current closing or general inquiries about title and escrow services. We’re also happy to offer our recommendations for the best local treats and eats. …we’d like to think it’s our job!