FORK IN THE ROAD: Mrs. Powell's Delicious Cinnamon Rolls

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Mrs Powell’s Delicious Cinnamon Rolls has stood the test of time and is a staple in the Manhattan commuity.

Mrs. Powell’s has served up delicious cinnamon rolls in the little apple since 1988 when owner Jane Strohmeyer and her husband started the franchise.

When the franchise closed, they kept the name but had to create their own special recipe.

“Fortunately, we had K-State here and AIB (American Institute of Baking). They helped us figure what the recipe was. I also had a little inside to what was in it," Strohmeyer explained. "We have some secret ingredients that we have that keeps our recipe our recipe that no one else can get.”

The aroma of freshly-baked cinnamon rolls fills the air at the town center every morning. Strohmeyer starts rolling out the dough at 5 a.m. Most days, everything is made fresh daily right in the shop.

Her secret recipe keeps loyal customers coming back, including morning mall walkers.

Mall walker Alice McFall said, “She has excellent food and fun to be around. Usually we just have coffee then special days we have the rolls too.”

More than cinnamon rolls, they also serve a variety of sandwiches, soups, and cookies too.

“When it was ours and no one else’s we invested into sandwiches we started just with the bierock. One of the mall employees showed me how -- never had made bierock meat in my life but showed me how -- and it’s kinda our staple here now at lunch. We sell more bierocks then we sell anything else,” Strohmeyer said.

She and her employees are passionate about the Manhattan community. For more than 25 years, they’ve donated to the Flint Hills Breadbasket.

Flint Hills Breadbasket volunteer Warren Slocombe said those in need enjoy the tasty treats.

“Excess rolls and sandwiches and things like that and we can take them to the bread basket and as you see these have been in the cooler and we’ve got coolers down there and it’s a yummy treat for them,” said Slocombe.

Sweet gestures, adding to Mrs. Powells sweet success.

Strohmeyer and her employees celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a luau party in June.