How To Make Hot Cinnamon Tooth Picks by Infusing

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When I was growing up one of my favorite things to make were cinnamon toothpicks.  We would buy the oil and make our own.  All the kids loved them.  Here is a tutorial on how to make these flavored toothpicks.  They make nice party favors as well as handing out to the older children at Halloween.  You could do this same thing with hot peppers for a gag gift.  But remember paybacks are 10 times worse!  After making these it sure brought back the good ole times!  I am not sure where you even buy these retail.  I live in a small town and have never seen them.  I found one place here that sold the oil and it was at an Independent drug store.  The herb store here did not have the oil.  

WARNING: The oil is hot and care must be used while handling this product and storing it way from the children!
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Step 1: Supplies

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This is what you will need:
  • Round toothpicks.
  • 1Small glass vial or wide mouth glass jar
  • Cinnamon oil, or Mint oil
  • Stickers
  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors
  • Plate
  • Wax paper
  • Altoids can
  • 1 More mini tall thin glass vial or plastic sterilized medicine bottle
  • Stapler 
Please note: The pharmacist told me not to soak the cinnamon in a plastic jar.  He also mentioned not to place wet toothpicks into the plastic jars for storing.  You may store the toothpicks in the plastic jars IF they are dry.   

Step 2: Soaking The Tooth Picks

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Instructions for soaking:
  • Pour a very small amount of the flavored oil into the bottom of a glass jar.
  • Place the tooth picks in the jar.
  • Seal with the lid.
  • Let them soak over night.
  • While they are soaking you can decorate the Altoids can.
Please note: The toothpicks act as a wick and that is how they are flavored.  

Step 3: Decorating The Altoids Can

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  • Trace the lid on construction paper.
  • Cut out the shape.
  • Tape it to the can.
  • Decorate it with the stickers.
If you do not have time to make your own cinnamon toothpicks you can buy real Ceylon cinnamon toothpicks from
sunshiine (author)  Chloe Anderson2 years ago
Thanks for sharing and have a splendorous day!
pierogi2 years ago
I remember these from Jr. High in the early '60's. We just put the toothpicks in the bottle and let them soak. We sold them for 10 cents. Of course, the longer they soaked the stronger they became. After a few days they were painful. To 12 year olds, that just made them more attractive.
sunshiine (author)  pierogi2 years ago
Thanks for sharing! I loved the heat! Sunshiine
una_amor3 years ago
Scraped some knee skin from falling...just trying to chase the icecream man down who sold these. No more chasing that mean ol' truck. I think he did it on purpous. LOL
Thanks for the instructions. Great Job!
sunshiine (author)  una_amor3 years ago
I am really chuckling about your comment! That is sooo funny! Thanks so much for sharing and have a super day!
I remember in Elementary School, one kid brought a few cinnamon toothpicks from home and he held a contest to see who could keep it under the tongue the longest. Man, I remembered the sting of intense Cinnamon, and the tears coming to the eyes as young tastebuds were anxiously trying to get me to not keep it in the mouth any longer. Ahhhh, another stupid thing to cross-off the 'bucket list'.
sunshiine (author)  Gary Viveiros3 years ago
LOL, does placing them under the tongue make them much hotter? I have not heard of that before. I am not sure I would want to try that! They can make your eyes burn but oh they are so good! I have a high tolerance to hot stuff although one year we grew some peppers that even I could not eat. I have no idea what kind they were but there has never been a hot pepper I could not eat until that one year I tried these. Sure wished I knew what kind they were. I want to stay away from them LOL. Thanks for sharing and have a Happy Halloween!
Creativeman3 years ago
Wow! I did this about 60 years ago. This is absolutely the first time I have thought about this in all this time . Isn't that amazing! Thanks for posting it.
sunshiine (author)  Creativeman3 years ago
Thanks for commenting! Have a super day!
Hi sunshiine: Curiously, I was looking at your avatar picture and something rang a bell, i.e., that sign looked familiar to me for some reason. I thought about it and then remembered that I had a picture of that very sign...I had gone through that part of Oregon in 1981 I believe. Anyway, thought you might enjoy the attached picture. I grew up in a small town in that part of Oregon.
sunshiine (author)  Creativeman3 years ago
Kewl! Yes, it is a small world. Oregon is beautiful country! My picture was taken about 8 years ago while we were visiting that area. Thanks for sharing! Sunshiine
kthompson13 years ago
I always LOVED cinnamon toothpicks! We used to store them in a metal Sucrets can. And I remember having to go up to the pharmacy counter to buy the cinnamon oil. Thanks for the memories!
sunshiine (author)  kthompson13 years ago
Thanks so much for sharing! I enjoyed them so much. It is amazing how food can spark those childhood memories! Have a super day!