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People Wait For Hours to Get These Cinnamon Rolls
The pastry Miamians covet is available nationwide, for now
Miami is no stranger to the velvet rope. On any Friday evening, it’s near impossible to snag a table at a trendy restaurant or gain entry into one of its exciting nightclubs.
But, some of the longest lines in Miami happen in broad daylight with people queuing up for hours to purchase….cinnamon rolls.
The Redland, located about an hour south of Downtown Miami in the area’s farm country, is the home of Knaus Berry Farm, a small farm stand that sells fresh-from-the-ground vegetables, fruits, ice cream, and baked goods. Along with the pies, jams, and breads, you’ll find Miami’s best-loved treat: freshly baked cinnamon rolls.
The cinnamon rolls are more than a bakery item. To many Miamians, they’re a part of their lives. Ask someone born in South Florida, and they’ll likely share fond memories of making the drive on a Saturday afternoon to get cinnamon rolls and a frosty strawberry milkshake. These people, in turn, take their own children — and grandchildren to Knaus Berry Farm.
In 1956 Ray and Russell Knaus opened a roadside stand to sell their berries. The brothers expanded their inventory to include pies and other baked goods after a fruit broker told Ray's wife, Barbara, that her cookies were delicious. The farm is now run by Ray and Barbara's children and their families. The farm, by the way, is run very much like it was in 1956: Knaus doesn’t accept credit cards and is closed on Sundays. The farm also closes for the summer each May and reopens (Lord willing, as the website reads) in October.
And, although Knaus Berry Farm still grows some of the area’s sweetest strawberries, it’s the cinnamon rolls that people crave.
There’s a reason.
Knaus Berry Farm’s cinnamon rolls are darn near perfect. In a world where cinnamon rolls are generally loaded with sugar, doused with white frosting, and stuffed with preservatives, these rolls are made with honest ingredients that allow the spicy, warm cinnamon to shine. Instead of being coated with white icing, the natural sugars baked into the rolls — melted by the warmth of the oven. Take it from a person who has waited in line in the unmerciful South Florida sun for hours. These cinnamon rolls are worth it.
So do you hop on a plane to Miami, rent a car, drive down to Redland, and wait for your cinnamon rolls? There’s another way.
Knaus Berry Farm now offers cinnamon rolls on Goldbelly. Two dozen cinnamon rolls cost $74.95 and arrive in just a few days. Just pop them in the oven, and they’ll turn out perfectly — and scent your home with the intoxicating scent of fresh cinnamon and butter.
The cinnamon rolls also freeze well, so don’t worry about getting two dozen. It’s amazing how quickly these cinnamon rolls disappear.
The cinnamon rolls are only available from January through mid-April, meaning your window is now open.