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The Cinnamon Challenge

Updated on November 13, 2013

If you're here, you've probably been taunted by one of your 'friends' to take part in the Cinnamon Challenge, that or you've recently experienced it and want to commiserate...The Cinnamon Challenge gained popularity in 2010 with numerous YouTube videos popping up of all kinds of fantastic failures attempting this fun little game. I stumbled across it a few weeks after it started going viral and fortunately (or maybe unfortunately) it came to mind during a night on the town and several friends and I decided that we should experience the challenge for ourselves. Typically, it has been defined as a prank or joke played on someone in which the unsuspecting victim will fall for the challenge and the payoff of the prank (the hilarious laughter of the prankster) will come much to the surprise of the person 'taking the challenge'; however, in our case we actually thought it would be fun to try it - we're always up for laughing at each others expense.

You can find a definition for the Cinnamon Challenge in several different places on the web, but the basic idea is this: Challenge someone that they cannot eat an entire tablespoon of ground cinnamon in 60 seconds, which typically requires luring them in with some kind of reward. It's probably also best to refrain from telling them that they can't throw up or they lose when trying to convince them to do it. As I mentioned, in our case there were no misconceptions about what we were going to do and as such there was not a whole lot of convincing that needed to be done...of course that was probably only possible because we'd already loosened up a little during the evening.

A tablespoon of cinnamon is all it takes.
A tablespoon of cinnamon is all it takes.

WARNING: I will talk about vomit in the ensuing description of disaster - steer clear if this will upset you!

Our setup was to have three people do the challenge at the same time and see who could outlast the other. It turns out we had one spit out the cinnamon immediately unsure sure why we were making her eat cinnamon, one puffed out the characteristic cloud of cinnamon smoke associated with trying to swallow the dry cinnamon immediately, and one lasted significantly longer than the others, but ended up losing in the worst way by vomiting her cinnamon up all over the ground!

From my personal experience, the challenge was not that bad. In my case, I did not try to swallow the cinnamon immediately because I'd seen the puff of cinnamon before - I wasn't going to fall for that. So, I waited and held the cinnamon in my mouth thinking that I could swallow it little by little. It didn't take long to find out that the longer the cinnamon sits in your mouth the more your saliva compacts it into a gooey ball that would be nearly impossible to swallow whole without throwing up or choking. Nevertheless, I still attempted to swallow some of the cinnamon ball only to throw it up seconds later.

In the end, it was a fun experience, but I would not want to do it again! The worst parts were the aftertaste of the cinnamon that lasted a few hours, the scratchy throat that also lasted several hours, and the cinnamon that was stuck in my teeth until mid-day the next day. Still, I'd recommend trying it at least once so you can join the ranks of those who have attempted and 'nearly conquered' the Cinnamon Challenge!

The Best Cinnamon Challenge - Not mine, no video evidence still exists


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      xXx-xXx 5 years ago

      I myself had done this cinnamon challenge. I'm sorry for all of you that have failed but I have not lol I did master it. I was quite nervous for the start but during it was simple and easy. It was almost unbelievable. I didn't puke, didn't cough, nothing... Weird? No little puff of cinnamon. It was really easy... I have to say it was probably one of the easier things that I've done in my life haha. How hard can it be? It's all about technique I guess. I didn't swallow it little by little or rather the fact of a giant ball either.

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      Katelyn 6 years ago

      I have conquered the cinnamon challenge too! It's really not that hard

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      Taytay 6 years ago

      I did it yesterday . And threw up 5 times afterwards. Worst idea ever. Never again!

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      liza 6 years ago

      its so funny

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      Kaitlyn 6 years ago

      surprisingly i have mastered the cinnamon challenge with ease....i am very surprised!!!!!!!!!!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      uhhh....I don't think so! But kind of funny that you would all try it even though you pretty much knew what the outcome would be. Cinnamon toast, anyone?

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      MyMastiffPuppies 7 years ago

      I have to say, I have never heard of the "Cinnamon Challenge" until reading this. I would never have thought about how you would swallow cinnamon without liquid, but I see after reading, it is near impossible. All I can say is, "Better you than me!" Voted up and funny...