What is the “Cinnamon Challenge”? Well, glad you asked. Basically, it is simply taking one tablespoon of cinnamon and attempt to swallow it. Since the early 2000s, the game has become well-known for its extreme difficulty and thousands of videos with people attempting the challenge have been uploaded onto YouTube. Most results are either the challenger emitting a puff of cinnamon powder, or vomiting. Now, before we go any further, the videos below do not include that latter – I do not particularly like to watch people throwing up, and I’m sure most of you don’t either. In fact, that is what made me turn off Jackass The Movie after about 15 minutes.
The origin? While the challenge became a viral phenomenon on YouTube, its origin precedes the history of the video-sharing community. The earliest known attempt at the game can be traced back to The Cinnamon Challenge 2001, which was hosted by Michael Buffington and played by Erik Goodlad. The result was documented and posted as a blog article on Buffington’s blog. The story was picked up by Jason Kottke on December 22nd, 2001.
The earliest YouTube version was uploaded on April 2nd, 2006 in a video titled “Pipe Attempts the Cinnamon Challenge.” Throughout the rest of 2006, several videos depicting similar attempts were posted on the site. Oh, and here we have a wiener! I mean, winner! Pipe succeeds in the challenge.
Pipe Attempts the Cinnamon Challenge
Next on our list of videos is this compilation featured on The Chive. The music adds to it, and a lot of cinnamon puff clouds, with a grand finale.
Nobody expects to lose the Cinnamon Challenge
Lastly, we have another montage of Cinnamon Challenge losers with a lot of puffing. The last few indicate they couldn’t hold their cinnamon cookies, but no actual spewing occurs in the video. Music is a bit reminiscent of the ending to Caddy Shack….
The Best Cinnamon Challenge
Know Your Meme: Cinnamon Challenge
The Chive: Nobody expects to lose the Cinnamon Challenge (Video)