How to successfully complete the cinnamon challenge without hacking your brains out

If you are reading this post then you are part of 3 categories…either

A. You have been challenged by your friends to do the cinnamon challenge and want to not look like a complete ass

B. You have tried the challenge several times and have failed at it

C. You’re drunk and you should go home

Either scenario you want to show your friends that you are the man (or woman) that you are no woose and can man up and do it. Either way you need to have a plan ahead of time.

I can tell you how to do it.

First you need to know a couple of things about cinnamon (like most other spices) that can cause you to fail at the challenge.


First of all cinnamon is a spice, and with most spices they can induce vomiting very easily. The reason for this is because of the concentrate of whatever spice you are trying to ingest. Spices are A LOT of find ground of whatever it is in a concentrated amount. Do you sprinkle an entire bottle of garlic salt? or maybe cumin on your chicken or choice of meat? No…why?

Because it would taste terrible, we all know that a little goes a long way when it comes to spices.


Cinnamon comes from a tree bark. What do you think is going to happen if you ingest fine ground wood? Imagine going to a wood shop class and picking up a handful of powdered wood off the ground? Yeah exactly what you think.

So how do you defeat the cinnamon challenge?

If I told you it was simple I would be lying, either way you do it, it’s going to hurt. The only way you are going to beat the cinnamon challenge is by remembering a few tips and cross your fingers.

Not to much

The biggest mistake you can make is to try and look like the man and take a huge serving spoon size of cinnamon. You need to keep it simple and realistic. No more than a tablespoon with about a 1/4 inch above the rim of the spoon at the center. Anything more is begging for failure.

Mind over matter

Ever have a case of the hiccups and concentrate to breathe slowly and deep to get rid of them? Same thing goes with this. You have to resist every signal your body is telling you to cough it out and start to gag.

Do not cough

The number one thing that gets everyone in trouble with the cinnamon challenge is that they cough. Once you cough…it’s over. You’re done.

The reason is that once you cough you immediately breath in right after. Once you breathe in, finely ground wood goes into your lungs you have no hope of recovery, it’s over.

You have to resist every temptation to cough.

It’s all in the tongue

If you want to win the cinnamon challenge you have to take control of your tongue. What I mean by this is that once that cinnamon hits the back of your throat (usually from coughing) you are done for. If you can prevent that then you are golden. The trick is to place your tongue in your mouth so that it can prevent the cinnamon from getting to the back of your throat.

If you can do that, you are smooth sailing.

Please give me some other tips and tricks if you have any.