August 20, 2015 // Franchising.com // OAKVILLE, ON - From maple crème filling to strawberry icing to brownie crumble topping, the judges of the Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts contest had a sweet day. But it wasn't a cakewalk for the judges – Jann Arden, deadmau5 and Sophie Tweed-Simmons had the difficult task of narrowing down the field to four semi-finalists, who would proceed to the online voting round of the competition. They managed to pick their top four, and today the donut polls are officially open at DuellingDonuts.ca for Canadians to have their say.
"We tried eight incredible pieces of heaven, and heard the fun stories behind each one," said Jann Arden. "Narrowing the field to four was almost impossible. Each donut was so good in its own way and all eight contestants showed a true passion for their family inspired recipes."
Starting today until August 31, 2015, Canadians are encouraged to visit DuellingDonuts.ca to vote daily for their favourite donut, and the two donuts with the most votes will advance to the finalist round. The semi-finalist donuts are:
After the 12-day voting period, votes will be tallied and the two finalists of the Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts contest will be announced on September 1, 2015. In spring 2016, the two donuts will be sold in Tim Hortons restaurants across Canada for a limited time, where Canadians can vote with their taste buds. The most popular donut among guests will be crowned champion and its creator will receive $10,000.
"We're excited to see which two donuts will be brought to life in our restaurants next spring," says David Clanachan, President & COO, Tim Hortons Canada. "The great news is that all four finalist donuts are delicious, so whatever the outcome, our guests won't be disappointed. I want to say thank you to all of the eight finalists who came out to spend the day with us. They were passionate about their donuts, and we're happy that they were able to taste the delectable baked version of what they had imagined."
Tim Hortons fans can watch and share videos of the four finalists in action on DuellingDonuts.ca, and they can also stay up-to-date on #DuellingDonuts by visiting Facebook, Facebook.com/timhortons, or following on Twitter @TimHortons and Instagram @TimHortons.
Tim Hortons, part of Restaurant Brands International, is one of North America's largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Founded as a single location in Canada in 1964, Tim Hortons appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks (including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots), specialty teas and fruit smoothies, fresh baked goods, grilled Panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, soups, prepared foods and other food products. As of July 27, 2015, Tim Hortons had more than 4,700 system wide restaurants located in Canada, the United States and the Gulf Cooperation Council. More information about the Company is available at www.timhortons.com.
Restaurant Brands International Inc. is one of the world's largest quick service restaurant companies with approximately $23 billion in system sales and over 19,000 restaurants in nearly 100 countries and U.S. territories. Restaurant Brands International owns two of the world's most prominent and iconic quick service restaurant brands – TIM HORTONS® and BURGER KING®. These independently operated brands have been serving their respective guests, franchisees, and communities for over 50 years. To learn more about Restaurant Brands International, please visit the Company's website at www.rbi.com.
SOURCE Tim Hortons® Overview
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