Review: Tim Hortons Maple Glazed Donut is packed with Maple Flavoured Nuggets

When Tim Hortons decided to scrap both the Dutchie Timbit and Dutchie donut — a product that has been on the menu since its inception in 1964 — executives were most likely perplexed with what they can replace this iconic item with. They needed a quick solution and the Maple Glazed donut took direct aim at Canadian hearts.

This donut screams Canada as it has maple in the name and in the donut. This is a yeast ring-shaped donut that joins the Maple Dip Donut, Maple Swirl Donut and the Canadian Maple Donut, but now has the inclusion of carefully picked Maple Flavoured Nuggets!

Did Timmies really need to bring this to market? Probably not, but the company is testing several new ideas and this is one of them.

The Maple Glazed Donut is light and delicate. When holding it you want to raise it up in the air and praise the Timmies gods for creating this gift, but on the other hand you want to demolish it like a beaver would take down a tree. The outside has a dark golden brown colour to it and is smothered with a sugary glaze that is present on many other donuts. Upon first bite, the Maple Glazed Donut performs well. Immediately the maple hits you in a subtle manner and it honestly feels like you’re eating a pancake.

There is piece de resistance that the chefs at Tim Hortons included. At first glance it seems that the leftover raisins from the Dutchie were carefully placed, but in actually the little blobs are “Maple Flavoured Nuggets.” These are scattered throughout the breaded Maple wonderland and add another level of flavouring that brings you one step closer to hugging a maple tree.


Here is the long list of exact ingredients of the actual donut portion (a bunch of long words and the bottom line is that this blend has real maple flavouring and maple ‘sugar’ in it):

Enriched Wheat Flour, Water, Shortening [Palm Oil, Modified Palm Oil, TBHQ (Preservative)], Corn Starch, Maple Flavoured Nuggets [Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Corn Flour, Natural and Artificial Flavour, Corn Starch, Caramel Colour, Colour (Yellow No 5, Yellow No 6)], Yeast, Maple Sugar, Whey Powder (Milk), Wheat Gluten, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Skim Milk Powder, Emulsifiers (Mono and Diglycerides, BHT and Citric Acid (Preservatives), Sodium Stearoyl-2-Lactylate, Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Ester of Mono and Diglycerides), Potato Flour, Salt, Corn Flour, Soybean Flour, Dextrose, Vegetable Oil [Canola Oil and/or Soybean Oil, TBHQ (Preservative)], Silicon Dioxide (Free Flow Agent), Soybean Oil [Soybean Oil, TBHQ (Preservative)], Ascorbic Acid, Colour (Yellow No 5, Yellow No 6), Wheat Flour, L-Cysteine Hydrochloride, Tricalcium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Enzymes (Amylase, Xylanase, Wheat Flour, Salt, Dextrin), Azodicarbonamide

The donut glaze has these fine ingredients: Sugar, water, guar gum, modified potato starch, potassium sorbate (as a preservative), citric acid (pH control) agar, xanthan gum.

What this boils down too is wheat, sugar, maple flavoured nuggets, love and pride. The Maple Glazed Donut is only available in Canada and costs a loonie. Is it worth it? Sure is. Couple this with a Double Double or a Steeped Tea and your day is made. For good measure, one can even add more impact by dipping the donut in actual maple syrup.

Tastes like licking a maple tree The Maple Glazed Donut rounds out the family of other maple delight, but this beauty has "Maple Flavoured Nuggets." Yes, nuggets o' maple. Dig into this gem and eat it up. The maple flouring is subtle and slightly addictive.

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.