Substitution for a Cinnamon Hater? in Pastry & Baking Posted November 20, 2014 While I love this, it almost always contains cinnamon (either the pepper or the ginger are not included). You could try it without, but it wouldn't have that great quatre épices aroma.Yes, Some of the more realdily available French brands (e.g. Ducros) do fold in some cinnamon. I'd stick to the classic mix, which - if fresh - does have quite the quatre epices aroma to me.