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Sweet Smell of Success

It all started with a father, a son, and a mission to create the world’s greatest cinnamon roll from scratch. Add in one master baker, months of trial and error, hundreds of different recipes, and—BOOM!—you’ve got the sweet, cinnamon-spiced perfection that soon became the calling card of Cinnabon®.

In 1985, Cinnabon® transformed that passion into its first Bakery in Seattle, and it was an instant sensation. Since then, Cinnabon® has grown into one of the most sought-after brands around the world, and we’re just getting started.

Image of cinnamon bun on left, original Cinnabon kiosk on right.
Image: coffee on left, Mini-Bons on right
Image: modern Cinnabon sign on left, three drinkable treats on the right

1985
First Bakery opens in Sea Tac Mall, Seattle, WA
Introduction of Classic Roll

1986
First franchise Bakery, Philadelphia

1987
Introduction of MiniBon®

1991
First Airport Bakery opens at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport

2003
Introduction of the first brand presence in stores with:
Cinnabon® Lip Balm, Seattle’s Best Coffee®, Orville Redenbacher® Popcorn, Easy-Bake® Mix

2015
Cinnabon® turns 30!

2016
Introduction of BonBitesTM

Happy young couple sitting on a car hood and eating Cinnabon treats

Media Love

Our fans don’t just love to eat Cinnabon®, they love to talk about us too! And the industry couldn’t agree more. See where Cinnabon® has been recognized as a favorite sweet treat and franchise to own.

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2014-2019

Ranked in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500®

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2018-2019

Ranked #1 in Entrepreneur’s Top 200 Food Franchises in the Baked Goods: Cinnamon Rolls category

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2018

Ranked in Franchise Direct’s Top 100 Global Food Franchises

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2013-2018

Ranked in Franchise Research Institute as World Class Franchisor

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2017

Ranked #1 as the consumer’s pick for Nation’s Restaurant News’ Most Craveable Restaurant Brand

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2014

Ranked in CNN Travel “Golden Chains: 20 Best Franchises for Travelers”

“Cinnabon® is a global brand because of its universal appeal. I’d say anywhere where they appreciate dessert, anywhere where they appreciate home-baked goodness, they’re going to love this product.”

Bill Gellert

Franchise owner of 5 Cinnabon® locations

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