We’ve all heard of the cinnamon roll, but what about its cousin, the cinnamon crescent? This messy looking croissant acts as a mouth-watering nest for buttery cinnamon filling just waiting for you to take a bite. If you’re looking for an excuse to sink your teeth into some, look no further as today is National Cinnamon Crescent Day!
While it’s not an official holiday, and the origins remain to be seen, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone complaining. They’re probably too busy enjoying a couple of cinnamon crescents! These baked treats are usually drizzled with a white glaze or icing and can be served for breakfast, after school snack, even dessert after dinner. We’ve even seen mention of the cinnamon crescent being associated with holidays like Christmas and, cinnamon being a popular spice in Mexican cuisine, even Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
While you tuck into your flaky crescent roll, you may want to close your eyes and pretend you’re some sort of emperor or empress. After all, ancient nations referred to the cinnamon spice as being a gift fit for monarchs and deities. Don’t relax too much, though, as the spice was also used to embalm mummies in Ancient Egypt.
The spice was so sought after during the Middle Ages that many suppliers and traders kept its origins a secret. One rumour was that cinnamon was collected at the source of the Nile River, and another, perpetuated by Roman naturalist, Pliny the Elder, tells the tale of cinnamon stolen from the nests of cinnamon birds. A cinnamon bird being a mythical oversized bird who would build giant nests out of cinnamon sticks on the side of cliffs. So the stories go, the cinnamon hungry Arabians would leave big cuts of oxen nearby, enticing the cinnamon birds to return to their nests with their meat. The catch? The meat would be too heavy for the nests, which would come crashing down in all their cinnamon glory! Certainly a clever marketing plan and excuse to boost demand for the prized spice.
Thankfully, we don’t have to look far for the prized spice these days. Not only is it located in aisle 4 of your favourite supermarket, but it can be found in multiple baked goods such as cinnamon and raisin bread, custard tarts, apple and cinnamon pies, cinnamon swirls or rolls, and of course today’s pick, the cinnamon crescent. A delightfully versatile snack, how many can you eat today?