TORONTO, Canada – A Double-Double and a Boston Cream donut were Canada’s favourite Tim Hortons go-tos of 2020. But while the top coffee orders of 2020 were consistent across the country, the top Tim Hortons donuts of the year differed depending on where you are in Canada. The Apple Fritter was the top donut in Ontario, the western provinces and the territories in 2020, while the Honey Cruller was No. 1 in Quebec.
The Boston Cream was the top Tim Hortons donut across the Atlantic provinces. But it also ranked a very close second in the rest of the country — which pushed it into the top slot as Canada’s top Tim Hortons donut overall.
“Boston Cream donuts are a classic and I’m not surprised it was Canadian Tim Hortons guests choice this year,” says Tallis Voakes, the new Culinary Lead for Tim Hortons who is overseeing quality improvement across the menu in 2021.
“It’s a filled, soft, yeast donut and has delicious chocolate and creamy vanilla flavours. The concept for the donut comes from a Boston Cream Pie recipe that’s over 100 years old — it’s so cool to me to see how dishes evolve over time.”
But for Voakes — whose culinary background includes training at Le Cordon Bleu in Ottawa, working for some of the world’s top chefs, and even cooking for the Queen — there’s another donut that can’t be beat.
“I agree with my friends in Quebec, the Honey Cruller is my jam,” says Voakes. “But it’s like anything else, everyone’s got a favourite and there’s no wrong answers.”
When it comes to the top coffee orders, the results were consistent across the country. The classic Double-Double™ was tops, followed by “regular” — one dairy, one sugar — and then a simple black coffee was the third most popular order.
Across Canada, the top 10 donuts were: Boston Cream, Apple Fritter, Old Fashioned Plain, Honey Cruller, Chocolate Dip, Vanilla Dip, Sour Cream Glazed, Chocolate Glazed, Double Chocolate and Honey Dip.