Store-bought cinnamon cannot even hold a candle to this stuff, seriously. The texture, taste, and smell of this cinnamon are all incredible. Frontier Natural carries a lot of really great stuff - this cinnamon is just one fantastic example of their usual standard of quality. Love love love this stuff. Absolutely worth the "hassle" of ordering it online and worth the [short] wait.
This stuff is certainly potent, at least it is to me. One pill wakes you right up and keeps you energized for a good seven hours, with a very gentle tapering off at the end (you don't even really realise it's wearing off, unless you pay a lot of attention). This is certainly helping me get through many long nights of school work followed by long days of classes.
This xanthan gum is just as good as any others I've tried, so I haven't got much to say on that front, I guess. It definitely does its job well. It works wonderfully in ice cream, baked GF goods (the ones that need it, at least), and - of course - smoothies. A pinch goes a long way!
I have heard others complain that the chocolate taste from this isn't as strong as it should be, but I don't find that to be the case - probably because I use it more to *enhance* the flavour of chocolate. I add it to products made with cocoa powder and it adds just enough sweetness for my tastebuds. No bitter aftertaste, at least not in my experience with this flavour and with this brand. A few drops are all you need for a single serving of whatever it is you're making or eating. A great product, overall, and one that I've ordered again. (Though, one bottle lasts so long that I've only had need for two for the past year... and that is including some serious baking!)
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