1 Suzie the Foodie: Review of Tim Hortons' Frozen Raspberry Lemonade & Mixed Berry "Real Fruit Smoothie"

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Review of Tim Hortons' Frozen Raspberry Lemonade & Mixed Berry "Real Fruit Smoothie"

Tim Hortons Frozen Lemonade & "Smoothies"

Since that super chilly day I went and tried McDonald's blueberry and pomegranate smoothie I had been waiting for a much warmer day to go to Tim Hortons and compare. The day came but I was intrigued (and sidetracked) to see that Tim Hortons had frozen lemonade for only $1!

The women at the counter were talking to themselves as I read the sign but I did overhear them making fun of the smoothies they sold there. It was all under their breath so I have no real specifics to share but going up to the counter to ask for a smoothie suddenly was uncomfortable. But I did it.

They looked at each other for a second. One woman pointed to the frozen lemonade sign and asked if I wanted to try that instead. To be honest? I did. I relented because I love lemonade! And, I knew I would be back.

Frozen Raspberry Lemonade

Tim Hortons Frozen Lemonade & "Smoothies"

It was hard to say no to this treat that was on sale for just $1. I was happy with my choice. I had been walking for a very long time and wanted something tart and refreshing.

Tim Hortons Frozen Lemonade & "Smoothies"

Which it was, I have to admit. I do not know how "real" the flavours are though but for this kind of frozen treat, I was not expecting it to be 100% authentic. I still loved the raspberry and lemon combo.

Not healthy but definitely a treat. Totally worth $1! I give this product three and a half out of five wooden spoons.

Fascinating to see that McDonald's is now trying to one-up Tim Hortons with their frozen strawberry lemonade.

Mixed Berry Real Fruit Smoothie

Tim Hortons Frozen Lemonade & "Smoothies"

Then it took a long time for it to get warm again, warm enough to want a smoothie on my walks around here. The day eventually came and I ordered the Mixed Berry Real Fruit Smoothie. I noticed on the sign that for 70 cents extra (a small was $1.99) I could have low fat yogurt in it. Wait... What?

At the counter, as the woman there was taking my order, I asked her if there would be yogurt in my smoothie at all if I did not pay the extra 70 cents? Would there be yogurt in my "smoothie"?

She said, "No."

I asked, "What is in the smoothie?"

She said, "Fruit and... slush."


Tim Hortons Frozen Lemonade & "Smoothies"
I make smoothies every day and they never look all weirdly broken up like this one.

She showed me how she made it and I saw her pour the "fruit" out of a beverage container (looked like syrup to me) into a slushie machine and then added yogurt, which I think was also out of a beverage container (that part is a little foggy).

How did it taste?

Holy crap, this drink is sweet! And it sure did not taste "real" to me. It was like one step up from a regular slushy and it cost me $2.69 for a tiny container of it.

How on earth do they have the gall to say this drink without yogurt is a smoothie?! And focusing on the "real food" element is a joke because it is obviously a syrup. No wonder those women at the counter made fun of it. I would too!

Tim Hortons Frozen Lemonade & "Smoothies"

I am not a fan of Tim Hortons. Mostly because their crap is all over my neighbourhood. Their customers are the worst litter bugs ever and to be honest, I hate them and do not want to be associated with them but I thought I would give it a shot since the place is obviously "so popular" here.

Tim Hortons Frozen Lemonade & "Smoothies"

The company does try to reform them and has all sorts of charitable programs but I can not help it. When I think of the company, I think of garbage.

Their "smoothie" made with "fresh fruit" qualifies. False advertising. Far from healthy or real. I give this product zero out of five wooden spoons and wag my finger of shame at them!


AvaDJ said...

Oddly enough if you look at the nutritional stats for the drinks, the lemonade actually has less sugar than the smoothie...weird! I'm with you regarding the smoothie, it shouldn't look like lumpy yogurt bits, kind of un-appetizing.

We're not big fans of Timmy's either, but we did try the lemonade and found it to be nothing special. Honestly, if you want a sugary, frozen treat you're better off to get a giant Slurpee or Froster from 7-Eleven or Mac's Milk, that is the ultimate summer experience and sugar rush lol!

Suzie Ridler said...

It is probably less calories because it is all water! Yes, the smoothie th the yogurt did not look very smooth to me! I agree, the lemonade was OK but if I am going to go for a treat, I would get a slurpee too Ava. Probably just as healthy.

Rana said...

I concur with you on associating "Tim's" with litter and littering. I'm sure this summer I'll get to try their lemonade. Thanks for the review and head's up.

Kay Johnson said...

Suzie I feel the same way you do. Tiho litter everywhere we go. Store selves, side of the road, walking trails, curbs and in the middle of the bush!! Seriously, how lazy are these people?? FIND A GARBAGE CAN!!

Anyway, thanks for the incite on the drinks ... have tried one yet but the McDee's Yogurt one looks good!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Oh no! NOT THE FINGER OF SHAME!!! Hahahaha. Seriously though, at least in regard to the lemonade, what else can you buy for a buck these days?

Mississauga Mike said...

Does anyone know what the frozen lemonade is sweetened with...I'm diabetic and am looking for something that isn't full of sugar

Suzie Ridler said...

MM, this has got to be sweetened with 100% sugar syrup, at least that's how it tasted. As a diabetic, you should probably stay away from it. The McD's smoothie might be a bit better because it has real fruit and yogurt in it so it isn't just 100% sugar.