Bakers from seven different Tim Hortons stores participated in creating a doughnut for the contest. Amber Sawicki, pictured in-costume in the middle, won the contest with her store’s creation, a caramel apple crunch doughnut.
Employees from several area Tim Hortons restaurants gathered in Derby last Wednesday (March 27) to show-off their takes on the ever-popular doughnut.
A panel made-up of executives from Tim Hortons judged the participants on several aspects of the sweet treats, including taste and appearance.
Contestants were only allowed to use ingredients on-hand in the restaurant they work in.
Doughnuts on display included a doughnut combining expresso with vanilla fluff, a banana cream pie doughnut and a doughnut with broken up pretzels sprinkled on top.
“I call it the doughnut duel in Derby,” said Tim Bricault, director of business development in the eastern U.S. and one of the judges.
Tim Hortons stores from Blasdell, Hamburg, Lackawanna, Elma, East Aurora and Derby participated in the challenge. All of the individual doughnuts are on sale at the location where the doughnut was created.
For the employees involved, the contest offered a chance to get creative with the food they make, Bricault said.
“Everyone has been like, ‘I can do that? Sign me up,’” he said.
The Lake Shore branch of Tim Hortons, located on Route 5 in Hamburg, won the contest, winning $100 for the employees at the store. Their creation, which was developed by the overnight staff at the store, featured a doughnut with apple filling dipped in vanilla and peanuts with swirled caramel on top.