CINNAHOLIC: Your next new addiction coming soon to Westfield

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CINNAHOLIC: Your next new addiction coming soon to Westfield

Cinnaholic baby buns

Cinnaholic baby buns

Photo by cinnaholic.com

Cinnaholic baby buns

Photo by cinnaholic.com

Photo by cinnaholic.com

Cinnaholic baby buns

Kayla Butera

Imagine a Saturday afternoon, shopping and hanging out with friends in downtown Westfield on a sunny day. You stop by a store and pick up a warm, delicious treat: cinnamon rolls. You bite into the pillowy soft and delightfully spiced cinnamon rolls as frosting drips down your fingers. But these aren’t your typical cinnamon rolls. Welcome to Cinnaholic, a gourmet cinnamon roll bakery that is expected to open at the end of April at 18 Elm Street right here in Westfield.

Vikas Mittal, the owner of the Westfield location, said in an interview with the Hi’s Eye, “[The mission of our store is] to tickle our customers’ taste buds with our variety of delicious flavors of cinnamon rolls, which, in addition to being 100% vegan, are all made with the highest quality ingredients which are dairy and lactose-free, egg-free and cholesterol-free.”

Customers are encouraged to personalize their cinnamon rolls to their favorite flavor combinations. To coat their rolls are 18 mouthwatering frosting options ranging from a classic maple to more unconventional flavors like cake batter and banana cream.

When it comes tot toppings, you can choose from a list of 23 options, including bananas, caramel sauce and chocolate chips. All of which are, once again, (surprisingly!) vegan. If a customer is overwhelmed by the number of combinations, they can choose a specialty roll–like “Rocky Road.”

The “Old Skool Roll”– a cinnamon roll with vanilla frosting–is typically 480-500 calories, which is about half the calories of a Cinnabon classic roll. For special occasions, Cinnaholic caters cinnacakes, which are 6-12 rolls baked together and glazed in your chosen frosting. Cinnaholic also offers mini cinnamon rolls, along with other treats like brownies, cookies and cookie dough. The “old skool” cinnamon rolls are priced at $5.25, and customers can upgrade to premium frosting flavors for an additional $0.25 and $0.50 per topping. The mini cinnamon rolls are $1.25 and require a minimum purchase order of 12 of the same flavor. The cinnacakes range from $40-$60 depending on the size.

According to the company’s website, the founders, Shannon and Florian Radke, are committed vegans looking to make a positive change for animals, people and the world. The website boasts that the buns are “a craft of love, passion and dedication.”

In 2010, the first Cinnaholic opened in Berkeley, California, and now there are 35 locations in the U.S. and Canada, which consistently rack up positive Google reviews. Mittal believes “the brand will continue to grow rapidly as more people become aware of the vegan lifestyle and try our cinnamon rolls.”

Cinnaholic has long been praised by media outlets like The Huffington Post and Fortune. In 2014, the company was on the ABC show “Shark Tank”–where the investors devoured the cinnamon rolls–and the creators accepted a deal with Robert Herjavec with the focus on nationwide shipping.  However, Cinnaholic later declined his offer to concentrate on expanding storefronts. Nonetheless, Cinnaholic was featured as one of Forbes’ “10 Best Franchises to Buy from ‘Shark Tank’” in 2018.

In a couple of weeks, these delicious, gooey cinnamon rolls will be coming to Westfield. Be sure to check out Cinnaholic’s impressive list of frosting flavors and toppings on cinnaholic.com and go to vimeo.com to see them on “Shark Tank.”