Is there a stick as beloved as the cinnamon stick? The walking stick, yes, or maybe a stick that a dog likes. But is there a stick as widely used in food preparation? Maybe some sort of skewer, sure, or a stick for stirring. But is there a stick that tastes as much like cinnamon when you put it in a simmering pot of wine, or when you throw it in with hot toddy ingredients and then tell your friends to just add the whiskey themselves, however much they want, you don’t like it anyway, and you just bought it for this party? No. That’s just the cinnamon stick thing.

Cinnamon Sticks and Other Spices

Cinnamon sticks are not necessarily expensive, but they can be priced higher than some other spices because they are made from the inner bark of trees in the Cinnamomum family. The bark is stripped from the tree, dried, and rolled into sticks. The process of cultivating and harvesting cinnamon is labor-intensive, which can contribute to the cost of the final product. In addition, certain types of cinnamon, such as Ceylon cinnamon, are more expensive than others because they are considered to be of higher quality and have a more delicate flavor. The demand for cinnamon can also impact its price.

Get Ready to Pay More Than You Expect

If you’ve ever purchased cinnamon sticks, I imagine you’re nodding your head in agreement or at least agreeing in your mind without any outward motion, which is your choice. They are too expensive. A quick survey of three grocery stores near my apartment offered these prices for McCormick ground cinnamon and McCormick cinnamon sticks: $3.49 for ground cinnamon (2.37 oz) and $7.49 for cinnamon sticks (.75 oz). Outrageous. A survey of the fancy grocery store near my apartment offered these prices for Simply Organic ground cinnamon and Simply Organic cinnamon sticks: $7.99 for ground cinnamon (2.45 oz) and $6.99 for cinnamon sticks (1.13 oz). Outrageous. As you can see, the cost per ounce of the cinnamon stick compared with the cost per ounce of ground cinnamon is: outrageous.

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