REVIEW: Pillsbury Grands! Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Following a temporary stint as the Pillsbury Dough Girl, the Pillsbury Dough Boy has finally re-emerged this winter. Apparently, Poppin’ Fresh spent all fall as an apple farmer and it must have been a pretty good harvest. His first apple-centric creation was the Pillsbury Apple Cinnamon Mini Pie, but we’re pretty sure he just stole that recipe from Ronald McDonald. Now he has enlisted the help of Cinnabon with the new Pillsbury Grands! Apple Cinnamon Rolls made with Cinnabon Cinnamon.

Pillsbury Grands! Apple Cinnamon Buns

Cinnamon Buns are all the rage right now, as we were recently treated to Wise Cinnabon Popcorn and don’t even get me started on Cinnamon Bun Oreos. But tonight we’re going for a unique twist on the real thing with Pillsbury Grands! Apple Cinnamon Rolls. Hey, you may have heard that apples & cinnamon pair pretty well together. Apple seems like the next logical addition if you want to get a little weird with your cinnamon buns. “A Little Weird” was printed under my high school photo, so let’s get weird with it already. 

Pillsbury Grands! Apple Cinnamon Buns

TWENTY FIVE to TWENTY NINE minutes?! I never plan my life that far into the future because I just can’t be certain I’ll still be alive. But that’s how long we have to wait here. Let’s examine the ingredient list and nutritional facts while we wait out this eternity. Hmm…no apples on the ingredient list. Cinnamon, yes. No apples. It must be tucked into the Natural and Artificial Flavor, and who knows what that actually is. But since we’re eating cinnamon rolls, we clearly do not care what we put in our bodies so let’s not worry about this just yet. One Pillsbury Grands! Apple Cinnamon Roll with icing is going to run you the following: (300 cals, 7g of fat, 54g of carbs (LOL), 5g of protein and 23g of sugar). #YOLO or whatever. HOW HAS IT ONLY BEEN TWO MINUTES?

Pillsbury Grands! Apple Cinnamon Buns

23-27 Minutes Later

That’s better. Pillsbury Grands! Apple Cinnamon Rolls make your house smell AMAZING when you open the oven, and then you apply your icing to the five cinnamon buns provided. Ya’ll know what happens first, right? You lick a bunch of the icing by itself. And Sweet Sassy Molassy, this stuff is great. It’s a thick white glaze that tastes like applesauce mixed with vanilla frosting. Yes, please. There’s plenty of sweetness to the frosting (it’s frosting) but with a crisp, slightly sour bite to it like a ripe apple would have. Well done. Oh, right… the cinnamon buns.

Pillsbury Grands! Apple Cinnamon Buns

Oh, MAN. Apply a generous amount of icing onto your Pillsbury Grands! Apple Cinnamon Buns and you’ll be in Heaven. The apple icing shines through brilliantly up against the Pillsbury dough; even better when you get to the portions with cinnamon swirl slathered all over it. I NEED MORE OF THIS ICING. The cinnamon buns are so huge that it’s trying times to get the perfectly balanced ratio consistently as you work through the cinnamon bun. The portions of the dough that don’t have icing or cinnamon (like the outer edges or the bottom) are a tad bland and taste a little like a biscuit that you forgot to put butter on. But let me tell you – you’re going to get enough of those home-run bites to make these Pillsbury Grands! Apple Cinnamon Buns worth your hard-earned money and hard-earned calories. I think the combination of the apple & vanilla flavor in this superb icing make for an experience that easily surpasses the flavor profile in the Pillsbury Apple Cinnamon Mini Pies, and puts these a step above the Pillsbury Grands! Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls. I must be growing up because I only ate one (nearly swallowed it whole), but I really want to eat a second. In the interest of my heart functioning properly, one is all for today.

OH GOD I JUST ATE A SECOND ONE Rating: 10 out of 10
Odds of Me Eating a Third Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Overall Rating: 8 out of 10

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  1. candice says:

    I just bought the last of these they had at my Walmart today I hope they are good! And yes! You must try the orange rolls! They are amazing!! We have them at least once a week they are my kids favorite

    • Junk Male says:

      Really think you’re going to love them, Candice. I had no idea the orange rolls were so popular. It seemed like a weird combination to me… orange and cinnamon. But I promise you – after all the recommendations I’ve read here and on our social media, I’ll be trying orange this year.

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