Throughout the 2010s, beloved Canadian coffee & donut chain Tom Horton’s had its sights set on expansion in the U.S. Americans familiar with the chain – generally considered higher quality than Dunkin’ but less expensive than Starbucks – welcomed Timmy H’s with open arms and wallets, and today there are over 500 locations across the US.
There are many reasons for the popularity of fast food. Unconscious mashups, incorrect holiday respects, and irreconcilable deviations from the restaurant’s main products are just a few ways fast food chains around the world embarrass themselves and make customers sick Bon Appetite.
But in October 2017, Tim Horton’s forced a square idea into a round donut hole. To celebrate openings across Buffalo, NY – the birthplace of buffalo sauce – the company introduced an absolutely repulsive buffalo-flavored latte.
Two hypotheses exist concerning this limited-time menu monstrosity. The first posits it was simply a bad idea; that a coffeehouse which also offers a variety of breakfast sandwiches could have honored Buffalo with a buffalo-flavored sausage, egg & cheese biscuit (or, at the very least, something that wasn’t milky… definitely a gross-out line crosser).
The other theory is that Tim Horton’s never intended to sell a single cringe-inducing cup of the Buffalo Latte, but instead was engaging in a publicity stunt. While making potential customers gag isn’t typically recommended, there’s a bit of buffalo-flavored brilliance to that.