In my house, weekends are the time for hot cooked breakfasts or brunch. On these mornings when we have more time and aren’t constrained by school or work schedules, we enjoy making omelets, egg sandwiches with cheese and bacon or sausage, pancakes, hash browns, waffles, casseroles, and more. Cinnamon rolls make a frequent appearance on our table on the weekends, and like most of our breakfast food, we buy them at Aldi.
Bake House Creations Cinnamon Rolls cost $1.19 for a 12.4-oz. tube at the time of publication. With eight rolls in a tube, that comes out to about 15 cents per roll.
For comparison, I recently picked up a similar-sized name-brand tube of eight original Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls on sale for $2 (25 cents per roll) and a tube of five Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls for $3.99 (about 80 cents per roll) at a local large grocery store, so the Aldi cinnamon rolls are competitively priced.
The Aldi cinnamon rolls are a Regular Buy, which means Aldi sells them year round.
These rolls should be kept refrigerated before preparation, and the tube says not to freeze them. They have a best-by date on the bottom of the can, and they are good for quite a while. The most recent tube I purchased in late November is good until late January.
Preparation is easy. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Open the tube and separate the rolls. Place them with sides touching in a greased 8-inch or 9-inch round cake pan. Bake for 13-17 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven, and cut the tip of the icing packet with scissors and drizzle icing over the hot rolls. Do not heat the icing packet in the microwave.
In terms of ingredients and nutrition information, these are pretty similar to name-brand Pillsbury original cinnamon rolls.
Ingredients include enriched bleached flour, sugar, water, vegetable oil, leavening, corn syrup, cinnamon, salt, corn starch, modified wheat starch, gums, polysorbate 60, mono- and diglycerides, eggs, natural and artificial flavors, sorbic acid (preservative), and beta carotene (color).
If you’re watching out for allergens, these contain eggs and wheat.
There are eight servings per container, so one cinnamon roll makes one serving. One roll has 150 calories, 5 grams of total fat (7% DV), 2.5 grams of saturated fat (12% DV), 300 mg of sodium (13% DV) 23 grams of total carbohydrates (9% DV), and 11 grams of added sugars.
We make these cinnamon rolls every few weeks in our house. They’re your classic traditional cinnamon rolls from a can. They’re of average size, not jumbo-sized like some of the varieties you can get from larger grocery stores, so if you want giant rolls you’ll have to buy a brand like Pillsbury Grands or make your own. They have lots of cinnamon flavor, soft doughy interiors and slightly crispy exteriors, and plenty of gooey icing that my kids like to scrape out of the cake pan after the rolls are gone.
I recently bought some original Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and Pillsbury Grands cinnamon rolls to compare, and there are some noticeable differences:
- Original Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls are slightly fluffier all around compared to the Aldi rolls, and my family likes that the Pillsbury rolls have a soft consistency no matter where you bite into the roll, whereas the Aldi cinnamon rolls have a crispier outer edge and are soft in the middle. However, some of us like to be able to unravel our cinnamon rolls as we eat them, and the original Pillsbury rolls don’t really unroll. They almost appear to be a solid piece of dough with some swirly lines stamped onto them. My family is split on whether they like Aldi rolls or original Pillsbury rolls better, but that had to do with texture rather than taste. In terms of taste, we feel both brands are similar.
- Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls are very similar to Aldi cinnamon rolls, but bigger. One Pillsbury Grands roll is equivalent to probably one and a half or even two Aldi rolls. Like the Aldi cinnamon rolls, Pillsbury Grands are true cinnamon rolls that you can unwind (if you want to), and the edges bake up a bit more firm or crisp while the centers come out soft. Again, both brands taste similar.
In short, cinnamon rolls from Aldi taste a lot like Pillsbury, and the Aldi rolls are actual cinnamon rolls with dough that is rolled flat, rolled up, and sliced into rolls with distinct swirls. The Aldi rolls are like smaller versions of Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls, and they’re great if you want some easy and quick cinnamon rolls on a budget.
Bake House Creations Cinnamon Rolls bake up with good cinnamon flavor and tender doughy centers. We won’t turn down a Pillsbury roll — or any kind of cinnamon roll, for that matter — but these are good in their own right.