Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Review of Tim Hortons' Frozen Raspberry Lemonade & Mixed Berry "Real Fruit Smoothie"
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
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.
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
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."
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!
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.
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!