Review: New! S’mores Donut from Tim Hortons

Drive around upstate New York or Canada, and you’re just as likely to come across a Tim Hortons at every intersection as you are the ubiquitous Dunkin’ Donuts which dot the landscapes of the Northeast. Like Dunkin’ Donuts, Tim Hortons has an almost cult-like following of patrons, which swears by their combination of coffee and innovative breakfast and lunch menu concepts. But at their core, both restaurants trace their roots back to the humble donut – America’s first and, in my opinion, best breakfast value menu item.

I stopped at a Tim Hortons on a recent Sunday morning to grab one of their new S’mores Donuts, although it was without substantial internal debate. You see, I have a love-hate relationship with “designer” cake donuts – a relationship not unlike my love-hate relationship with Pop-Tarts. Maybe it’s me, but has anyone noticed how the seemingly awesome combination of flavors which the latest donut and Pop-Tart flavors seek to deliver upon end up never actually meeting expectations? It’s not that they aren’t good, but that they’re trying to do too much, and relegate the essence of the “plain” concept of a donut or toaster pastry to second-rate status. And that’s a dang shame, because a simple powdered cake donut can be a great thing, especially when dipped in black coffee.

But then again, you knew that, didn’t you? And you sure as heck don’t check into GrubGrade to read about one dude’s thoughts of a powdered cake donut, so let’s get back to this S’mores donut:

a new way to enjoy a classic camping treat without any of the fuss! Now everyone can have s’more of this yummy delight, made with a chocolate cake donut, chocolate fondant and a delicious marshmallow & honey crumb topping

First off, a deduction of points to the employee here for not using wax paper to separate the donut from other treats I had gotten in my order, as cross donut and/or pastry combination can be disastrous if not rectified immediately by a greedy pair of chompers. Fortunately I was starving, and with a six hour car ride in front of me, I snatched the donut away from my sisters’ croissant faster than this thing will send your blood sugar spiking.

As for the 290 calorie donut, it’s your standard cake donut size – dainty – and had a deep cocoa flavored cake base which was a little dry but not off-putting. The sweetness level seemed right – coffee like and subservient to the cocoa flavor – and the crumb didn’t crack as if the donut had sat around very long.

The topping was good but not mind-blowing. I thought it was certainly more pronounced than the flavor of a S’mores Pop-Tart, but it carried with it the same kind of chocolate chip and graham flavor that was intertwined with distinct marshmallow spikes in sweetness. I got a taste of the honey, but somehow, it seemed out-of-place given the marshmallow and chocolate. It tasted what I would like a S’mores Pop-Tart would taste like, which, interestingly enough, is not really the actual S’mores flavor of my memory, but a more chocolate intensive flavor of a S’more.

One element that is kind of lost in the topping – which does a decent job of providing some crunchiness – is the chocolate glaze on top. This is supposed to provide the rich milk chocolate counterpoint to the cocoa donut, but it’s overwhelmed by the graham, ‘mallow, and oddly placed honey combination on top. Still, at a buck it’s not a bad buy, although who are we kidding, a single donut for breakfast isn’t going to satiate anyone. No matter, I guess that just leaves more room to go back for that classic glazed yeast donut or Old Fashioned Cake.

14 comments on “Review: New! S’mores Donut from Tim Hortons

  1. Manavee says:

    Man, the promotional picture for that donut looks awesome. It makes me hungry just looking at it.

    Your actual picture of the donut? Not so much. In fact, it looks like you dragged a chocolate donut in some sandy gravel and are about to eat it.

    • mitchery says:

      hahaha man I couldn’t agree more. That promo picture is way to deceiving. That or the person who gave Adam his donut is one of his worst enemies and thinks he is allergic to sand.

  2. ChrisLad says:

    Well written review Adam.

    Promotional picture sets expectations too high for sure. I like your sentiment about designer donuts aiming too high. A Smores donut sounds like a great concept because those two items seperately a really good, but combinated into one item they are pretty weak. I do love Tim Hortons though.

  3. Darkestdesire says:

    On the whole designer donuts thing, I must concur. I went to my neighborhood donut shop and purchased a double chocolate and a red velvet cake donut. The good thing was that it was afternoon and BOGO applied. Both donuts although very popular appear to be ambitious attempts that fell short, and now I just stick to classics.

  4. Chuck says:

    I find it funny that its marketed as being easier than a smore… like when did smores become difficult?

  5. Ray says:

    Tim Horton’s is all over the place in Ontario Canada. No big loss to those who don’t have one in their city, their doughnuts SUCK!!

    • Allokago says:

      Their coffee isn’t all that great, either, IMO. Their iced coffee tastes like flavored water. Was not impressed. Their regular food, from what I’ve heard, is apparently awesome, but to me that’s not enough good stuff at the base of their product line to warrent a visit. Their hot apple cider was amazing, but our local TH dumped it.

  6. Rhiannon says:

    The promo picture is amazing.

    However the picture of your actual product is sad 🙁

  7. Jesse says:

    If you really want a treat from Tim Hortons, I suggest you try the new “Maple Cinnamon French Toast Bagel”, it’s amazing. Hopefully it’s not only available in Canada..

  8. missouri says:

    I had to scroll back up to see the promo pic – I was certain that after I saw what you were getting ready to eat I must have been reading a different post. Sad…

  9. Ken says:

    You should have returned that donut. Any that I have bought look like the promo picture more or less