Category Archives: Bakery rolls

New Moon Bakery and Cafe (Nederland, CO)


Just outside of Boulder, Colorado, along the beautiful Peak to Peak Highway, there is a town called Nederland. The air is refreshingly crisp at 8,300 ft in elevation, and every March you can celebrate Frozen Dead Guy Days with the jovial townspeople. Not there in March? Then perhaps you can celebrate with a cinnamon roll from the New Moon Bakery and Cafe.

New Moon Cafe and Bakery cinnamon roll

Cinnamon roll from the New Moon Bakery and Cafe in Nederland, Colorado

I got a cinnamon roll at New Moon based on an earlier experience with their muffins. Although I wouldn’t consider myself a muffin connoisseur, I have to say that the blueberry muffin I had at New Moon might be the best I’ve ever eaten, anywhere. I had high hopes for their cinnamon roll.

Sadly, the roll was… OK, I guess. Not great, not awful. The flavor was well-balanced. Not too much cinnamon, not too much sugar, and neither of them overpowering the flavor of the bread. The icing was fine.

What I noticed more than the flavor was the texture. The interior was doughy, in a “Is this underbaked?” sort of way. As a result, the bread was chewy and dense rather than light and airy. Not sure what happened there, but it’s possible that the butter used for the cinnamon seeped into the bread and altered the bread’s texture as it cooled. The roll was purchased in the late morning, so perhaps it would have been better earlier.

In short, a decent cinnamon roll, but I’d recommend going for their muffins instead. 7/10

Where to get it:

New Moon Bakery & Cafe

1 West 1st St.

Nederland, CO 80466

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Whole Foods Denver cinnamon roll

Quick review:

I have discovered that the cinnamon rolls vary from Whole Foods to Whole Foods.  I suppose that isn’t surprising, given that they bake them on site, but still, it was a matter of changing an assumption.   The one today comes from a Whole Foods in Denver; compare it to the Whole Foods roll I reviewed from Minnesota and you’ll see quite a bit of difference.

Cinnamon bun from Whole Foods in Denver on Hampden Avenue

This is a very large bun.  The bread is sweet with a nice texture: soft with a relatively open crumb.  Similar to the innards of a properly baked yeast-leavened doughnut.  I would have preferred cream cheese frosting, but the icing that is pleasant is well-executed and does not overwhelm the rest of the roll.

Overall, a good cinnamon bun.  8/10

Where to get it:

Whole Foods
7400 E. Hampden Ave, Unit D
Denver, CO 80231


Price paid:


Paradise Bakery cinnamon roll

Quick review:

Although the look of the roll says “flakey” (like a croissant), the bread actually has the consistency of a dinner roll.  Light frosting works well with the cinnamon and sugar between the spirals.  A decent roll. 7/10

Paradise Bakery cinnamon roll

Where to get it:

Paradise Bakery

Regional chain in the southwestern US.