May 23, 2012

Review: Papa John's - Cinnapie

Papa John's Cinnapie is a dessert option at the pizza chain and is basically a baked pizza crust topped with cinnamon and brown sugar streusel and drizzled with sugary icing.

One Cinnapie set me back $4.00.

Opening the box, my Cinnapie was really not what I expected when I first read the description. For one, I thought it would be more bready and thicker. Instead, it was thin, overcooked, and chewy. Like, really chewy, and dry to boot.

Secondly, I imagined "streusel" as the stuff you find on a coffee cake which is little clumps of brown sugar, flour, and butter. Here, I got a little brown sugar and cinnamon mashed and melted into the pizza dough... and oats?! Why are there bits of rolled oats?! They don't really add anything to the Cinnapie and are just kinda there.

Basically, when it comes down to it, I would rather have toast a piece of bread with butter and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top over Papa John's Cinnapie. I would also rather have an untoasted piece of bread with butter and cinnamon sugar over Papa John's Cinnapie. Sufficed to say, I did not enjoy the Cinnapie.

Nutritional Info - Papa John's Cinnapie
Serving Size - 4 sticks (167g)
Calories - 560 (from Fat - 150)
Fat - 19g (Saturated Fat - 6g)
Sodium - 540mg
Carbs - 90g (Sugar - 39g)
Protein - 8g


  1. Kendall_ann_allenThursday, May 24, 2012

    Yup. When it first came out, the Cinnapie was the bee's knees. It's gone waaaaaay down hill I've learned.

  2. Ah. I should have liked to try it back then to see the difference.

  3. ummm...lots of
    streusel recipes have oats.  All the Cinnapie's I've gotten from Pappa Johns have been good.  

  4. I work at Papa Johns, the cinnapie had not changed in about three years, so if yours sucked recently, call and complain, more than likely the workers made it wrong.

  5.  To be fair, it has been a while since I've had a Cinnapie... more than a year, probably... but I've always liked them.  Will have to try one again and see if anything has changed.

  6. I hope it has pieced of apple in it, I will be trying it for the first time tonight

  7.  They have 2 different dessert pizzas at Papa John's: the "Cinnapie" and the "Applepie".

  8. I had a Cinnapie last night that was delicious!  It had more streussel and icing than your picture does, and was cooked perfectly (yours looks overcooked).  I happen to LOVE the oats in it!  I'm sorry you taste tested a poorly made Cinnapie.  Maybe try a different location and try it again.  It is seriously one of my favorites!

  9. I got gypped! Haha, I don't even remember which Papa John's I got it from (there are two nearby) and I don't want to risk getting another bad one...

  10. I'm a cinnapie addict I eat them all the time and trust me you got a bad one.  That's my only complaint is that they are inconsistent but when you get a good one you will know it.  

  11. I got a cinnapie last night at your description is perfect!!! I was curious as to why there was oatmeal on it and why the manger of the store tried to convince me that it was suppose to look burnt. Not only is this desert not pleasing to the eyes it is overcooked and gross as well.

  12. You must've gotten a bad one... I just had one for the first time last night, and it was fabulous! There was a lot more icing and streussel than the one you pictured, and it was cooked perfectly... The outside crust was just a tiny bit firm, and the inside was just a bit gooey. I ate the leftovers cold for breakfast today, and they were almost as good as when it was "fresh".

  13. Hm... I wonder if I should try it again...


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