Cinnamon rolls, chili: K-State students tweet on school lunch goes viral

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To some, they’re just a couple of tasty comfort food items. For others, it’s a sweet and savory taste of the past – and many are reminded of it, thanks to Hannah Gill.

The K-State student tweeted earlier this past month about the lunchroom combo she crew up with in Topeka.

She writes, “for years I've thought that cinnamon rolls and chili were something that just went together; finding out it's just a KS thing & I'm baffled.

The message has since gone viral online, but that wasn’t exactly Gill’s intent. The college junior was speaking with her sorority sisters, when one of them had put cinnamon rolls and chili on the menu. Some of the out-of-state students were shocked by the selection. Gill explained to them that it’s quite common to eat in Kansas. The rest is social-media history.

Her post has nearly 800 retweets and more than 4,000 likes – not including the thousands of shares on Facebook.

“It was a Tweet. I didn’t think anything of it,” Gill said. “I just Tweeted it and it blew up. All of a sudden, I have all these new followers and stuff, and I’m like ‘What in the world?’ People are texting me, like Hannah, did you see your Tweet? Dude, you’re going viral and all this stuff, and I’m like, ‘Uh, that was the stupidest Tweet. I don’t know why people are freaking out.“

Gill said this isn’t the only instance where she’d had cinnamon rolls and chili. A daycare she works for will serve it as well. A co-worker who never had the combo said the meal is growing on her.

“She really likes it, and I was just so mind-blown that she never heard of it.”

Now, even a couple weeks later, Gill said she continues to get messages from people who’ve seen her post. A restaurant has even made a cinnamon roll and chili day after her Tweet went viral.

In a funny twist, Gill said she couldn’t even enjoy the whole meal. She’s severely allergic to cinnamon, but she appreciates how some have become sentimental over school lunch. She does add, however, that she hopes more serious topics go viral – not just reminiscing about days in the cafeteria.

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