Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ornament Review: Season's Treatings #8 - Cinnamon Roll Reindeer - 2016 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Creative idea
Cons: Execution just slightly off
The Bottom Line:
These cinnamon rolls
Make Christmas morning taste great
Needed tweak or two

Festive Cinnamon Rolls for Christmas Morning

Some ideas work a bit better on paper than in execution.  That’s the case with the eighth entry in the Season’s Treatings series from Hallmark.  The idea of a display of cinnamon rolls shaped to look like a reindeer is smart, but it just doesn’t quite work out.

The background for this ornament is a silver baking tray.  Someone is hard at work on it, too, since there are a lot of cinnamon rolls here.  There are six that make up the main part of the reindeer face.  Two cinnamon ovals form his ears, and some cinnamon sticks form the antlers.  There are three smaller rolls, one to form the nose and two more for the eyes.  I think these might be Danishes or just mini cinnamon rolls.  These three pieces have frosting on them, and the two eyes have red centers.  Around this creation is a measuring cup full of frosting, a rolling pin with 2016 on it (the year of the ornament’s release), and a clean looking knife for spreading the frosting.

This is one ornament that definitely looks better in person than in the picture.  The picture doesn’t capture the way the nose and eyes pop off the rest of the face.  That added dimension really does help sell the face.  Of course, there is the fact that they are giving the reindeer red eyes, just like the snowman cake from a few years back.  I think it works here, but many people found that an issue in both ornaments in the series.

As I said earlier, this is a great idea that doesn’t quite work.  I think making the eyes and nose more distinct would have really helped sell the illusion.  Don’t get me wrong, I really do like this ornament.  It’s just not quite as good as it could have been.

Because these rolls are on a sheet, you can easily set it out on any surface.  The downside?  It easily blends with other things since it is mostly a flat piece.  It just cries out to be hung.

You’ll find the loop for doing that in one of the corners of the pan.  It hangs at a fun angle, however, I’m a bit surprised that the year on the rolling pin isn’t straight when you hang the ornament.  That’s a detail they’ve gotten right in years past, but here, it’s upside down.

Since this ornament is part of a series, you’ll find an 8 in a Christmas tree on the back of the baking tray.

While not the best entry in the Season’s Treating series, I still find the eighth entry to be fun.  A few small tweaks would have made it absolutely perfect.

Enjoy more delicious ornaments with the rest of the Season's Treatings series.

Original Price: $12.95

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