Tim Hortons vs. Dunkin’ Donuts

Tims arrival in Manhattan prompts a taste-off


Describing “Canadian mega-chain Tim Hortons” as a “kind of hybrid of Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s and Howard Johnson’s,” New York Times blogger Julia Moskin marks the donut emporium’s first Manhattan location with a little competitive taste-testing. The results, dollars to donuts, rips Tims a new bit. Americans really do know nothing about donuts.

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Tim Hortons vs. Dunkin’ Donuts

  1. What are these donuts of which you speak?

    It's quite true that Americans know zilch about doughnuts, which for them are mere undercooked sugary dough. Dunkin' Donuts is particularly tasteless — and the coffee is from the Dark Ages — but the king of perversion is Krispy Kreme.

  2. Krispy Kreme had a store here in Kitchener. It failed to thrive and closed abruptly. Good ridance.

    Meanwhile, the Tim Horton's nearest to me – and also close to the police station and the courthouse, is doing extremely well.

  3. Tim's has small donuts that do not even taste the best in Canada (that would be coffee time as they are big but still baked in house).

  4. Who want's Tim in the States anyway? It's ours, if they don't want it we'll keep it.

  5. The conclusion of the test was actually pretty sound:
    "Mass-produced doughnuts are achieving total global mediocrity."

    Tim's success has not been about doughnuts for some time. Where they dominate the market is in quick, tasty, "seemingly" healthier lunch options, like thier soups, sandwiches and chili.

    Their success in Canada is also based on a massive branding of themselves as a "integral to Canadian culture" which was really not the case prior to about 1998. Interested to see how they market themselves in the U.S

  6. Please don't go to the states Timmy, you are the intransigent final bastion of my sense of Canadian identity…

    … hey, remember when we invented the Canadarm? *sigh*

  7. Who cares? Compared to Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland OR, everything else is dreck.