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A definitive list of Tim Hortons doughnuts ranked worst to best

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Ian Hunter Nov 02, 2018 6:00 am 23,526

It’s safe to say that if you live in Canada you’ve had a Tim Hortons doughnut at some point in your life, and it’s also safe to say you probably have a favourite kind.

Whether it’s first thing in the morning, a mid-day pick-me-up, or a late-night sugar rush, there’s never a bad time for your go-to doughnut, especially a familiar Tim Hortons one.

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There may never be a bad time to have a doughnut, but that doesn’t mean all Timmies doughnuts are created equally.

Some are far more worthy of your daily calories than others. To help you choose which one’s the best, we’ve created a definitive list of Tim Hortons doughnuts ranked worst to best.

 

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17. Chocolate Eclair

Picture a sub bun filled with whipped cream and topped with chocolate icing. In theory, it sounds delicious, but in reality, it’s messy as hell and not worth the calories.

16. Old Fashioned Plain

This is the doughnut equivalent of a plain cheese pizza. There’s nothing wrong with the Old Fashioned Plain, but it’s lacking in the ‘pizzazz’ department.

15. Honey Cruller

Certainly, the most uniquely textured doughnut available at Tims, also known as the tractor wheel. Not sure if this is by design, but mine always seem underbaked and the dough is typically borderline wet. It was an odd sensation to eat a damp doughnut.

14. Sugar Loop

An extremely rare Timmies doughnut. If you ever encounter a Sugar Loop in the wild, don’t pass up the chance to try it. It’s basically the honey dip doughnut with a granulated sugar coating instead.

13. Double chocolate

 

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In case you ever wanted a chocolate dip/chocolate glazed hybrid, this is the perfect compromise. However, chocolate icing doesn’t really make up for the lack of glaze on the doughnut. This double chocolate dealie feels like it’s missing something.

12. Raspberry-filled

The enjoyment of this doughnut is entirely dependant on the amount of filling. If they pipe in the proper amount of filling, this is a near top 10 doughnut. But if there’s a lack of raspberry goodness in the middle, this just ends up being a powdered puck of disappointment.

11. Strawberry Vanilla

Eating one of these is like getting slapped with a bag of sugar. It’s sweet on sweet on sweet – sprinkles on top of icing on top of strawberry filling. These are great but are borderline sickly sweet.

10. Maple Dip

 

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It’s the Chocolate Dip doughnut taken down one peg because the Maple Dip isn’t quite a universal favourite, unlike its aforementioned chocolate doughnut brethren.

9. Old Fashioned Glazed

Essentially this is vanilla cake ring covered in a glaze. The Old Fashioned Glaze is as basic of a doughnut as it gets, but it’s a well-rounded treat.

8. Chocolate Dip

Close your eyes, picture the typical Timmies doughnut and the chocolate glazed doughnut comes to mind. A box isn’t complete without one of these in the dozen. Let’s be honest…the icing is the best part of this doughnut. The dough is merely a vessel to consume more chocolate in your day.

7. Honey Dip

The issue with the honey dip doughnut is it’s so light that it’s easy to down three of these before even noticing it. They’re light and airy and at 190 calories, it’s a relatively guilt-free option. Honey Dip is always one of the last few doughnuts snatched up after somebody brings in a dozen to the office, but it’s a technically sound doughnut.

6. Chocolate Glazed

Chocolate is by far one of the best Timbits, which is the abridged version of the chocolate glazed doughnut. Cakey goodness, sugary glaze, sufficient amount of cocoa-like flavour, knock back a few of these and you’ll be in doughnut heaven.

5. Canadian Maple

The Canadian maple is the love child of a Boston Cream and a Maple Dip doughnut. If you’ve ever thought your Maple Dip doughnut needed a custard component, the Canadian Maple has you covered. The maple/custard combination isn’t the most complementary pairing in the world, but the icing/filling contrast is stark enough that the doughnut isn’t dripping in maple-ness.

4. Boston Cream

 

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The Boston cream is one of the longest-tenured members of the Timmies doughnut family for good reason; it knows what it is. Yes, the custard might, in fact, be straight up vanilla pudding. Sure, there’s nothing sexy about its presentation. Yet, the Boston Cream is the familiar and nostalgic voice. It’s hard not to imagine the Timmies of yesteryear when people used to sit at a stool by the counter and indulge in a Boston Cream. That’s classic Canadiana right there.

3. Vanilla Dip

 

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This is Tim Hortons’ answer to the quintessential jolly Homer Simpson doughnut. Light, colourful, sugary. This is everything a doughnut should be.

2. Apple Fritter

The Apple Fritter is like biting into pillowy, cinnamon-flavoured goodness. By far, the largest (and heaviest) doughnut on the list, it’s almost worth splitting an apple fritter with a friend…almost. Bonus points if you can get your hands on a blueberry or caramel filled fritter, which takes this doughnut up to an 11. Otherwise, the basic fritter checks all the boxes.

1. Sour Cream Glazed

 

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Everything about the premise of this doughnut seems wrong. How does a dessert with sour cream somehow taste good? One of the key ingredients is the same thing you put on your tacos? Props to the chefs who found a way to make a cultured cream product work well in a doughnut. This morsel has a melt-in-your-mouth quality that other doughnuts wish they could achieve, making it the top doughnut on our Tim Hortons ranking.

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Ian Hunter
Toronto Blue Jays blogger and writer, GIF maker, baseball moustache aficionado, runner, beer admirer, proud dad.
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