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The definitive ranking of the best Timbits—but would your kid agree?

Chocolate glazed? Honey cruller? Or maybe birthday cake? Chatelaine staffers ate a whole bunch of Timbits to crown the best one.

By Amy Grief, Chatelaine

The definitive ranking of the best Timbits—but would your kid agree?

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Nothing says road trip like a double-double and a box of Timbits. But when Tim Hortons’ iconic cardboard box lands in front of you, which mini-doughnut should you reach for first?

The answer’s not so clear cut—at least according to our esteemed colleagues at Chatelaine. While their Timbits Taste Test wasn’t so fancy as to be randomized or double-blind, they ate whole bunch of Canadian fried dough balls, and have strong opinions about them.

Timbits first made their debut in 1976. Flavours vary across Canada, but the most common options include: birthday cake, sour cream glazed, toasted coconut, honey cruller, honey dip, apple fritter, strawberry-filled, chocolate glazed, old fashion plain, old fashion sugar and old fashion glazed.

After visiting three different Tim Hortons locations, they found most of these flavours (except toasted coconut and strawberry-filled), as well as some elusive varieties, such as Venetian cream. So which one came out on top? Spoiler alert: if you love old fashion plain, you won’t be happy with these results.

Here’s their totally subjective ranking, starting with the least popular.

The Definitive Ranking of Tim Hortons Timbits

Old Fashion Plain

This unadorned Timbit didn’t have too many fans, and most thought it was the most boring of the bunch. “It tastes like bread.” — Diana Duong, assistant editor. (A different staffer, however, praised old fashion plain’s texture and quaint simplicity.)

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Old Fashion Sugar

Not even a coating of literal sugar could make this Timbit stand out.

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Chocolate Snowball

This is a chocolate Timbit covered in icing sugar. It’s hard to find, it looks pretty—and it tastes meh.

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Chocolate Glazed

Many instinctively reach for this Timbit because, chocolate. If you end up disappointed, you’re not alone—sadly, this dough ball isn’t all that chocolatey. “It’s dry.” — James Resendes, video editor. (Other staffers disagree and say that chocolate is always a winner in their book.)

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Old Fashion Glazed

Out of the old fashion trio, the old fashion glazed came out on top. “It’s sweet and just right.” — Carolyn Chua, senior associate food editor.

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Honey Dip

No one had strong opinions about this yeasty ball. If you blindly grab this Timbit from the box, you won’t be disappointed—but you probably won’t be rewarded with an explosion of flavour, either.

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Birthday Cake

With the popularity of rainbows, sprinkles and funfetti, this is probably the trendiest Timbit of the bunch. “It might be cloyingly sweet, but I still love it.” — Amy Grief, associate food editor.

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Raspberry-filled

This powdery, fruit-filled Timbit is like a little flavour bomb. Filled Timbits are a nostalgic treat and kids love them.

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Apple Fritter

The apple fritter is a perfect fall treat, but really, it’s delicious any time of year. This apple and cinnamon-flecked Timbit is also covered in a thick, sugary glaze, making it a perennial favourite.

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Honey Cruller

The light and airy honey cruller was a contentious little doughnut. Some called it soggy, but others loved its fluffiness. “It felt the most fancy and sugary and melt-in-your-mouth.” — Sue Riedl, editorial director, food.

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Venetian Cream

This hard-to-find Timbit is pretty much a miniature Boston cream doughnut. Chatelaine staffers appreciated its novelty—and loved its rich chocolate glaze. “[It] tastes like a dessert in Timbit form.” — Alexandra Gater, home editor.

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Sour Cream Glazed

And the winner is … sour cream glazed! This cake-style Timbit came out on top because it’s undoubtedly the best of the bunch, no questions asked. If you’re looking for a small indulgence on the road, mid-afternoon or anytime at night (thank you 24-hour Tims!), this is the Timbit to go for. “It was the most flavourful with a sweet tang.” — Gillian Grace, senior managing editor, digital.TI

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