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Cinnamon Bun Day: Just another manic bun day

The Local · 4 Oct 2010, 12:41

Published: 04 Oct 2010 12:41 GMT+02:00

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Because today is October 4th, which can only mean one thing - it's National Cinnamon Bun Day.

In springtime, everyone talks about the semla, a delicious wheat bun spiced with cardamom, filled with almond paste and topped with lashings of cream. But now it's October 4th and that can only mean one thing - it's National Cinnamon Bun Day.

Walk into any bakery or convenience store in Sweden and you will find baskets teeming with cinnamon swirls, or 'kanelbullar' as they are called in these parts.

While popular every day of the year, on October 4th the bountiful buns sell like, well, hot cakes.

Somewhat surprisingly, the tradition of National Cinnamon Bun Day isn't all that old.

In 1999 staff at Sweden's Hembakningsrådet ('Home Baking Council') scratched their collective heads and tried to think of ways to celebrate the organization's fortieth anniversary. Perfectly gauging the tastes of a nation, the Council announced the introduction of an annual feast day.

"We found that the cinnamon bun was the best symbol for Swedish home baking. I don't think there are any Swedes who don't like them," project manager Birgit Nilsson Bergström told The Local back in 2007.

The sense of security associated with the buns may also go some way towards explaining their enduring popularity.

"I think we remember them from the time when we were children. Cinnamon buns have been baked at home for the last four or five generations," she said.

Swedish bakers first began putting their cinnamon buns in the oven at the beginning of the 1920s. But it was not until the 1950s that the popular pastry really made its way into the home.

The bun really knew it had arrived when a recipe was published in early editions of Vår Kokbok ('Our Cookbook'), a tome considered required reading in the decade of the ideal housewife.

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Topped with a sprinkling of cinnamon and nib sugar, the bun initially appeared in many shapes and sizes.

But according to cinnamon bun expert Gunvor Fröberg, formerly of Gothenburg University, most bun-baking women cut out the fancy stuff in the 1960s as they began spending more time in the workplace.

As the years rolled on and time became an ever more precious commodity, the no-nonsense swirl established itself as the cinnamon bun of choice for the masses.

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Your comments about this article

19:59 October 4, 2010 by ap
I blew it. I celebrated cinnamon butt day instead. so much is lost in translation!
20:08 October 4, 2010 by d_s
I had mine with a glass of milk, fresh from the oven. Fantastic.
20:43 October 4, 2010 by mikewhite
Wasn't the milk a bit scalding ?
21:17 October 4, 2010 by Raisa
What a great idea to have a Cinnamon Bun Day!

Could some one please tell me if the Swedish cinnamon bun is in any way similar to the Finnish Korvapuusti?
22:29 October 4, 2010 by Tdye
man y'all have all the good "days" i thik here in the states it like taco day or oppress the people day...but its oppress the people everyday here..enjoy your cinnamon folks someone wanna send me some to america? ill pay hahah
11:51 October 5, 2010 by Dr. Dillner
I have GOT to put this on my calendar for next year!
16:36 October 6, 2010 by Soft Boiled
Lets see more buns on The Local... er, I mean more puns... very funny headline TL :)
14:39 October 8, 2010 by Ron Pavellas
I admit to being addicted to kanelbullar. There has got to be something in cinnamon that the body finds essential. I had a great bun at Thelins near Fridhemsplan.
22:06 October 4, 2011 by Token-not-found
Nice pic, not trying to deconstruct swedish identity , like most official webpages do through pictures.

The most prominent and blunt example i can think of are the university website and related pages.

For ever 1 swede there are portrayed 3-4 black/hispanic/middle eastern people.

Why is this happening on official , public funded websites?

The typical picture consists of one swede (usually girl) and 2-3-4 non-western (usually male) students.

That's just offensive and wrong.

Not just in Sweden, many countries also do this, like the UK...
01:00 August 25, 2012 by Supermog
I love cinnamon buns, I must note the correct day, and overdose on a few!
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