Cinnamon, Ceylon, Bark

Did you know there are actually two main types of cinnamon?

You're probably familiar with the one commonly found on supermarket shelves called cassia cinnamon. Cassia has a bigger more intense and singular flavor.

And then there's the less common type called Ceylon cinnamon. The special stuff. The crème de la cinnamon. Some call it true cinnamon or Mexican cinnamon.

Ceylon cinnamon is the one that many bakers and chefs seek out. It's the variety we've sourced for you.

So what's the difference?

Both are harvested from the inner bark of evergreen trees. But the two varieties are grown in different countries and have different chemical compounds. 

Then there's the taste.

Someone said that tasting Ceylon cinnamon is like listening to your favorite vinyl record on a $4,000 stereo system, while Cassia cinnamon is like listening to an mp3 version in the car. I don't have a stereo like that, but I can imagine. 

With Ceylon cinnamon you will notice nuance - lighter, brighter citrus and floral notes. Ceylon is ideal for pastries, cakes, drinks, soups, and desserts. It charms without overpowering.

We recommend our Microplane Spice Mill for grinding our Ceylon cinnamon bark. But no worries If you prefer not to do your own grinding. We also offer ground Ceylon cinnamon. 

My partner on the ground in India, Mr. Divakar, sources our Ceylon cinnamon from a storied 250-year-old cinnamon estate in his hometown. Like all of our spices, Divakar ships to us directly, so nothing sits around getting old and stale.

While Ceylon cinnamon costs a bit more than cassia, just think how much you'll save on having to buy a $4,000 stereo.

  • Ceylon Cinnamon, Bark
  • Non-GMO, Non-ETO, Non-Irradiated. No funny business.
  • Our spices are used by top chefs around the country. You get the same lots.
  • Grown in Kannur, India
  • Bark looks like sticks, each around a few inches long
  • From a 250-year old estate
  • Considered "True" cinnamon also called "Mexican cinnamon"
  • Subtle, mellow, complex and sweet
  • Milder flavor than cassia cinnamon, the more common variety
  • Spice sealed in food-grade mylar bag
  • Packaged in resealable kraft tube
  • Product is prepared and packaged using machines that may come in contact with wheat and or gluten, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, eggs, milk and soy.

We normally ship within 1-2 business days after receiving your order.

Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays are not business days for us. We need some rest too. ;-D

We put together a Shipping FAQs page if you’d like more details on what to expect.

Due to the pandemic, FedEx is no longer guaranteeing Overnight and 2 Day services, though they should arrive more quickly than other options. Remember, these items too require processing time, but we will ship these out first each day.

Your satisfaction is guaranteed. Would hate for you to be unhappy. The world has enough unhappiness. We're here to make you happy. Okedoke?

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Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
Elles Belles , Grosse Pointe , MI
Cinnamon Ceylon

Love this Cinnamon so fresh & tastes so good in my morning coffee .
Love the telicherry pepper too ❤️

Sheila Saunders

All I can say is yummmm. So sweet and tasty. I add it to so many things because of the goodness of the components as well as the taste. So glad the reluctance did not hold these guys back.

Sheila Saunders

I absolutely LOVE this cinnamon! Not like any other I have tasted. I actually take bites of the bark and eat it up just because it is so yummy. It has a gentle but definite taste. I will be ordering again....hopefully the ground powder will be available . I am excited to try that.

Best cinnamon EVER

LOVE the new cinnamon from Reluctant Trader. Very flavorful, easy to use. Especially like it in my home-made chai... “Try it, you’ll like it”

Barbara Pothier
Whole new level of cinnamon

When Reluctant Trading adds a new spice to their collection, pay attention. They add product because it’s truly outstanding. Their Ceylon cinnamon is just that: outstanding. It has a far more subtle and interesting flavor than the cinnamon stick you’ve had from the grocery store that can often be sharp and overwhelm other flavors.
I used this cinnamon bark in an apple pie along with some Reluctant Trading green cardamom. I used Fuji apples and the whole thing blended into the most delicious pie. I also used a small stick when I cooked oatmeal. Again, the subtle lovely flavor enhances without overwhelming. I used it in some spiced hot rum and in hot cider. Excellent! I’ll never use any other cinnamon. Thank you yet again, Scott.