On August 12, the contestants travelled to the Tim Hortons headquarters in Oakville, Ont., with their creations to be judged by Jann Arden, Deadmau5 and Sophie Tweed-Simmons. Based on flavour, name and marketability, the judges chose “Key Lime to my Heart,” “Donut Pass on this Banana Bread,” “French Toast Deluxe” and “Mint Brownie Cheesecake” as the semi-finalists.
The eight quarter-finalists included the following:
- “Brownie Batter Up and Skors” by Kristy Tamaki of Barrie, Ont., is a chocolate yeast-based donut with brownie batter filling, chocolate icing, chocolate stripes, topped with chocolate sprinkles, Skor bits and pecans.
- “Key Lime to my Heart” by Francine Robinson of Napanee, Ont., is a traditional yeast-based donut with key lime filling, cream cheese icing and chocolate drizzle, topped with white chocolate curls.
- “Donut Pass on this Banana Bread” by Deryck Kirchner of Sherwood Park, Alta., is a banana ring donut with banana filling and chocolate icing, topped with dark chocolate crispy pearls and pecans.
- “French Toast Deluxe” by David Maguire of Wolfville, N.S., is a cruller with maple crème filling, dark chocolate icing and maple drizzle, topped with pecans.
- “Carnival Explosion” by Rachel Keays of Moncton, N.B., is a traditional yeast-based donut with a cheesecake filling, strawberry icing and strawberry drizzle, topped with cotton candy pieces.
- “Le Tim brûlée” by Jessica Martineau of Boucherville, Que., is a traditional yeast-based donut with crème brûlée filling, topped with white chocolate stripes, Skor bits and waffle cone pieces.
- “Jam Session” by Kirsten Brown of Burlington, Ont., is a traditional yeast-based donut with strawberry rhubarb filling and cream cheese icing, topped with chopped strawberries, strawberry drizzle and whipped topping.
- “Mint Brownie Cheesecake” by Corrie Repko of Oshawa, Ont., is a chocolate donut with cream cheese filling, mint icing and chocolate drizzle, topped with brownie crumble.
Starting today, the public can vote for the two finalists, who will be announced on September 1. The winning donuts will be sold in Tim Hortons franchises across Canada in early 2016 and the most popular recipe will win the grand prize of $10,000.