Review: Cream of Potato Leek soup has about 500 potatoes in it

When wintertime arrive many of us hibernate. It’s natural and 100% okay. There’s nothing better than to chilling on couch, gaining a few pounds and eating some heart-warming food. Tim Hortons wants to help in this experience and recently came out with a new soup item called Cream of Potato Leek.

The Cream of Potato Leek soup has been around for centuries. This blend of potato and leeks was concocted in Wales and Ireland of years past, but most recently the credit was given to Louis Diat, a chef who worked at the Ritz-Carlton in New Your City. Apparently Diat wanted to “invent some new and startling cold soup” in 1917 and ended up with this timeless treasure.

It’s now arrived safely at Tim Hortons and they declare that it’s ‘velvety.’ Personally, I wouldn’t go that far, but it does taste smooth going down your throat. Upon first look, the Cream of Potato Leek looks like it’ll sink you right into that couch and help you pass out until the winter is over. It’s thick, just like you’d want it to be. The soup has a beautiful creamy white colour with hints of green leeks.

Digging into this bowl of genius presents a challenge for the spoon to scoop up as many potatoes as possible. Honestly, it’s an understatement how many potatoes are packed into this bowl. It’s carb heaven. The soup seems to have an entire potato farm and certainly adds to the value that Timmies put into this bowl. I can’t vouch for what you’ll receive when/if you purchase it, but mine was loaded.

Cream of Potato Leek tastes like it should. The leeks are not overpowering, nor is the creamy soup base. If you’re a fan of salt then you should ask for some at the counter as it might need a sprinkle or two. However, it should be noted that some of the potatoes I bit into had a ‘grainy’ feel to them and just might have been cooked too long.


Overall the Cream of Potato Leek is a great addition for the winter months. I cannot see this selling well in the spring or summer, but by then lighter menu options will be available. As for ingredients, a small (284ml) has 230 calories, 11 of fat, 5 grams of protein and as expected 26 grams of carbs. I also have the complete list of ingredients for the Cream of Potato Leek, some of them you’ll recognize and some ingredients you won’t:

Cream of Potato Leek: Water, dehydrofrozen potatoes (sodium acid pyrophosphate), leeks, cream, yellow onions, skim milk powder, modified cornstarch, soybean oil, butter, dehydrated potato flakes (potatoes, mono and diglycerides, sodium acid pyrophosphate, citric acid), salt, roasted onion puree, colour (titanium dioxide), artificial potato flavour, onion powder, sugar, emulsifier (distilled monoglycerides, distilled propylene glycol, citric acid, ascorbic acid), white pepper, garlic powder, dehydrated parsley, disodium inosinate and guanylate.

Timmies also gives you a soft bun to dip into the soup. That was a class act and a welcomed addition.
The cost comes in at $3.00.

This potato and leek soup has a 100-acre potato farm in it One thing that can be said about the Tim Hortons Cream of Potato Leek is that it's packed with potatoes, then splashed with a hint of leeks. This hearty gem is perfect for winter.

About Ian Hardy

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I'm obsessed with Tim Hortons. It runs through my veins and I've probably spent enough money downing Steeped Tea's that I could have purchased my own franchise.