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McDonald's Canada is Now Selling McCafé Donuts at Select Locations

McDonald's Canada is Now Selling McCafé Donuts at Select Locations

By Thomas Kenzaki

McDonald’s often tries out new menu items but usually they’re just twists on the classics. Sometimes they’ll try something they’ve never done before. Right now, you can purchase McCafé Donuts (yes, you heard that right) at select McDonald’s locations in Canada.

McDonald’s Canada is testing out donuts in select test restaurants. The new donuts can be found in the display case alongside other popular McCafé baked goods which include croissants, brownies, danishes, and more.

The donuts are available for $1.19 each, $1.99 for two, or $5.99 for six. There are 5 different donut flavours being tested:

  • Apple Fritter,
  • Strawberry Jelly Powdered
  • Boston Cream
  • Sprinkle
  • Maple Iced and Caramel Filled

With McDonald’s and Tim Hortons going head to head in the Canadian coffee war, this might be McDonald’s next big move to try to lure the “coffee and donut” crowd over to the golden arches. I mean, name a more iconic duo than coffee and donuts, I’ll wait.

The popular donuts were sold out at multiple GTA locations by mid-afternoon.

With Tim Hortons now selling burgers and throwing off the entire balance of the universe, it only seems right that McDonald’s now sells donuts to try to bring the balance back.

Have you spotted the new McDonald’s McCafé Donuts? Let us know what you think of them if you’ve given them a try.

39 Comments

    • At worst, they'd be par with Tim's since they have frozen crap.

      At best, they'd fry them in house, but I'm not sure that'd make sense.

      I'm genuinely curious as to the production process of these.

      I would 100% laugh if McDonald's of all people made donuts fresh whereas a place that's "known" for donuts uses frozen junk.
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    • ??? Was this McDonald's? Or McCafe?
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    • .... so how was it... 😕
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    • death_hawk wrote:
      Aug 28th, 2019 1:36 am
      At worst, they'd be par with Tim's since they have frozen crap.

      At best, they'd fry them in house, but I'm not sure that'd make sense.

      I'm genuinely curious as to the production process of these.

      I would 100% laugh if McDonald's of all people made donuts fresh whereas a place that's "known" for donuts uses frozen junk.
      Raggie wrote:
      Aug 28th, 2019 8:09 am
      .... so how was it... 😕
      Unfortunately, it was on par with Tim's. Dense and didn't taste fresh at all. I'd be shocked if it turns out they aren't frozen.
      playnicee1 wrote:
      Aug 28th, 2019 3:31 am
      ??? Was this McDonald's? Or McCafe?
      I got it at the drive-thru at Markham and Finch so not sure. There was a big sign advertising them.
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    • Sounds like they're just testing it out to see how sales go.
      Only select locations seem to be offering them so far.
      College and Spadina McCafe is a participating location, and possibly other McCafe locations in Toronto also...
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    • I actually like the baked goods more at McDs. So I would have to try this out.
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    • While i love Tim Hortons for convenience and yes coffee, i absolutely hate the fact they put most other coffee chains out of business and now we're all stuck with frozen / rewarmed shoe leather donuts. I have tried to g out of my way to a specialty donut place but it's just not the same.

      Will try out the McDonald's donuts, doubt they will be fresh and if it's just another frozen prepared item then it doesn't advance the cause.
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    • j8lam wrote:
      Aug 28th, 2019 8:58 am
      Unfortunately, it was on par with Tim's. Dense and didn't taste fresh at all. I'd be shocked if it turns out they aren't frozen.



      I got it at the drive-thru at Markham and Finch so not sure. There was a big sign advertising them.
      So McDonald's wins then because Tim's burgers are absolute trash even when compared to McDonald's or any other fast food burger joint for that matter.
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    • j8lam wrote:
      Aug 28th, 2019 8:58 am
      Unfortunately, it was on par with Tim's. Dense and didn't taste fresh at all. I'd be shocked if it turns out they aren't frozen.
      Honestly... it wouldn't shock me either.
      Donuts are pretty special in terms of equipment need.
      So it's at least par.
      lensbuyer wrote:
      Aug 28th, 2019 9:41 am
      I actually like the baked goods more at McDs. So I would have to try this out.
      Croissants are my favorite example.
      They use *GASP* butter.
      Guess who doesn't.
      kenchau wrote:
      Aug 28th, 2019 11:37 am
      So McDonald's wins then because Tim's burgers are absolute trash even when compared to McDonald's or any other fast food burger joint for that matter.
      It's not even a fair fight because one has cooking facilities while the other doesn't.
      The only real competitor to Tim's food is Starbucks (and related) because they also don't have cooking facilities.
      The difference is that Starbucks is smart enough to provide food within their means and not try to be McDonald's but without a kitchen.
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    • Pro tip: When you order baked goods from McDonald's ask for it "Warmed" it's also a option when placing an app order. Im sure most people don't even know this! But makes it 10x better. 😊
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    • It can't possibly be worse than Tim Hortons donuts
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    • lensbuyer wrote:
      Aug 28th, 2019 9:41 am
      I actually like the baked goods more at McDs. So I would have to try this out.
      I'm not a fan of McDonald's muffins but all their other baked stuff I prefer over TIms. Definitely need to try out these new donuts.
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    • lensbuyer wrote:
      Aug 28th, 2019 9:41 am
      I actually like the baked goods more at McDs. So I would have to try this out.
      Agreed McDonald’s cookies are a million times better than Tim’s
      McDonald’s Muffins are a bit better than Tim’s too
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    • Elsewhere in the world, McDonald's had something good and yet, they refuse to bring the shake shake fries over here. And what do they give us? F**king donuts!!!
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    • I’m tempted to try it but I’m not a doughnut fein. McDonald’s really can succeed when they put their light behind it like the pizza 🍕 but donuts isn’t something I’m hankering for no matter how good it is.
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    • Tims is only selling Beyond Meat burgers, not "real" meat burgers correct? Actually I shudder to think how bad they would do coming up with their own burger patty based on how mediocre to awful the rest of their menu is.
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    • Tim's start selling burgers, McDonald's respond with doughnuts
      I am going to get some people really angry, but IMO Timmies only thrives on Canadian patriotism, there is nothing exceptional about their coffee nor doughnuts other than its not American. For some reason, my daughter, who is born Canadian (I am not), really likes Timmies, must be in the air while growing up or something. When she was away for few months, the one thing she was really looking forward to (beside us of course) was Timmies.

      McD coffee tastes better than Tims to me, but my wife says it's too bitter. I don't eat doughnuts but it wont surprise me if Americans show Canadians how doughnuts are supposed to taste, after all it is their invention
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    • frogger wrote:
      Aug 30th, 2019 2:02 pm
      Tims is only selling Beyond Meat burgers, not "real" meat burgers correct?
      Chicken also:

      Image
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    • playnicee1 wrote:
      Aug 31st, 2019 4:33 pm
      Chicken also:

      Image
      That's all filling, not even remotely chicken looking. McD's chicken nugget looks more like chicken than this burger.
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    • SignedA wrote:
      Aug 31st, 2019 8:22 pm
      That's all filling, not even remotely chicken looking. McD's chicken nugget looks more like chicken than this burger.
      I mean... both are pressed chicken products.
      I'm not going to find "the boot" on a chicken either.
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    • death_hawk wrote:
      Aug 31st, 2019 10:01 pm
      I mean... both are pressed chicken products.
      I'm not going to find "the boot" on a chicken either.
      Yes but this "chicken burger" had air holes in it like it was bread. They may be both pressed chicken products, but one is definitely better than the other
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    • SignedA wrote:
      Aug 31st, 2019 10:05 pm
      Yes but this "chicken burger" had air holes in it like it was bread.
      allmywat.jpg
      TIL that Tim's managed to overrun chicken somehow....
      They may be both pressed chicken products, but one is definitely better than the other
      Yeah I can't argue that. I've seen the ingredients in nuggets. They're not bad.
      I haven't checked the ingredient list at Tim's, but knowing everything else on their menu I have checked, it's probably a dumpster fire.
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    • If these are at least ok, I would go out of my way to buy them at McDs in stead of TH.

      #ABTH

      (Anything but Tim Hortons)
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    • warpdrive wrote:
      Sep 3rd, 2019 8:55 pm
      If these are at least ok, I would go out of my way to buy them at McDs in stead of TH.
      The ironic thing about this is BK & TH are the same company.
      Why serve crap when they can literally mass produce the exact same chicken burger for both places and serve that instead of serving slop at TH...
      (the BK Chicken jr burger is way better than the TH chicken burger)
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    • death_hawk wrote:
      Aug 31st, 2019 10:01 pm
      I mean... both are pressed chicken products.
      I'm not going to find "the boot" on a chicken either.
      Oh my days how you have a way with words. My immediate reaction is to stay away from eating anything I don’t cook myself.

      Just think for a second that a chicken beak or its “boot” would be rather unappetizing wedges between two buns. Now grind it up, give it flavouring, colour and form it into something you’re more familiar with and Consumers are none the wiser especially when they’re hungry and looking for a quick fix to say nothing of the million dollar commercials that make it look completely wholesome.


      What a bunch of shysters!
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    • ramon2 wrote:
      Aug 31st, 2019 4:30 pm
      I am going to get some people really angry, but IMO Timmies only thrives on Canadian patriotism, there is nothing exceptional about their coffee nor doughnuts other than its not American. For some reason, my daughter, who is born Canadian (I am not), really likes Timmies, must be in the air while growing up or something. When she was away for few months, the one thing she was really looking forward to (beside us of course) was Timmies.

      McD coffee tastes better than Tims to me, but my wife says it's too bitter. I don't eat doughnuts but it wont surprise me if Americans show Canadians how doughnuts are supposed to taste, after all it is their invention
      To be honest I didn’t like McDonald’s coffee either, was too strong. Tasted like drinking tar, even Starbucks coffee is similar to tims in strength. I have no clue why people like that, I need 10 splendas to sweeten McDonald’s ice coffee

      I think people go to tims for convience, it’s more of a snack fast food place. Cookies, muffins, doughnuts, timbits. People usually buy it for a group of people.
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    • Tim Horton’s starts selling burgers.
      McDonalds starts peeing in coffee so it compares to tim hortons.

      Heeeehehehehe
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    • Can a fellow donut connoisseur compare these to Krispy Kreme's delicious creations and give a review?
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    • ramon2 wrote:
      Aug 31st, 2019 4:30 pm
      I am going to get some people really angry, but IMO Timmies only thrives on Canadian patriotism, there is nothing exceptional about their coffee nor doughnuts other than its not American. For some reason, my daughter, who is born Canadian (I am not), really likes Timmies, must be in the air while growing up or something. When she was away for few months, the one thing she was really looking forward to (beside us of course) was Timmies.

      McD coffee tastes better than Tims to me, but my wife says it's too bitter. I don't eat doughnuts but it wont surprise me if Americans show Canadians how doughnuts are supposed to taste, after all it is their invention
      Tim's is barely Canadian anyway. It's majority owned by a Brazilian-American company.
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    • meepsheep wrote:
      Sep 4th, 2019 1:24 pm
      Can a fellow donut connoisseur compare these to Krispy Kreme's delicious creations and give a review?
      I haven't tried it, but my bet is Krispy Kreme is going to be better.
      They're a dedicated donut place that frys on site. Freshly cooked donuts vs frozen and reheated.
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    • I'd be happy if Krispy Kreme expanded and eliminated Tims. KK has great coffee, not to mention doughnuts. Their doughnuts just melt in your mouth, even tho they are extremely sweet and fattening. I'd be there every day.

      Even Dunkin Donuts has good coffee, I'd be happy if they eliminated Tims as well.
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    • I think Tim's is on its way out. They have some kind of ridiculous brand loyalty with Canadians but I don't think you can keep serving crap food forever and not have a reaction. Tims seems to be in stiff competition with Subway for the worst fast food chain crown.
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    • nicermog wrote:
      Sep 4th, 2019 9:53 pm
      I think Tim's is on its way out. They have some kind of ridiculous brand loyalty with Canadians but I don't think you can keep serving crap food forever and not have a reaction. Tims seems to be in stiff competition with Subway for the worst fast food chain crown.
      Tim's is to Canadians what Jollibee is to Filipinos. They keep serving crap food but to too many people, it's somehow their patriotic duty to support them....

      Despite the slogan "America Runs on Dunkin" Americans do not consider DD (nor McDonald's, Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A...) as their patriotic duty to support with their money. Not like the blind support Tim's and Jollibee get from their people.

      I'm sure DD would love to invade Canada but they know they'll be sent home faster than Target if they tried. Waffle House would be nice too -- what do we have up here to compete? Sunset Grill?
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    • playnicee1 wrote:
      Sep 5th, 2019 2:58 am
      Oh come on DD! Open up shop here and blame the weather! 😄 https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/tim-hortons ... -1.1250748
      I can tell from your earlier posts we probably lived in the same area in the 80's and 90's. So you should be very familiar with what I'm going to discuss.

      Back then, there were a lot more coffee/donut chains in southern Ontario, and no one player truly dominated. They all put out pretty much identical products (remember, this was pre-Krispy Kreme). Off the top of my head: Coffee Time, Robin's Donuts, Baker's Dozen, Margaret's, Country Style, Donut Diner...

      Fast forward to today. How often do you see any of the above? How often do you eat at any of the above? How often do you see people carrying coffee cups or donut boxes from any of the above?

      Out here in Durham I saw a Country Style in a Shell gas station (that had been there for years) close up shop 5 months after a brand new TH opened across the street.

      If you were in charge of Dunkin would you want to walk into this market?
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    • EastGTARedFlagger wrote:
      Sep 5th, 2019 12:39 pm
      If you were in charge of Dunkin would you want to walk into this market?
      DD is done in Canada: https://dailyhive.com/montreal/dunkin-d ... anada-2018

      As for some other (new?) alternative, it can be done, but not as a stand alone.
      Perhaps while sharing space with another company that could use a break on the rent.
      A drive through would be helpful.

      As for Countrystyle, I think some locations are playing it smart by placing themselves inside convenience stores (seating and all) rather than having to pay rent as a stand alone business.
      However, my favourite example may be moot because the CS @ Spadina & Dupont is practically right next door to a Krispy Kreme that recently opened up.
      It will be interesting to see how much longer the Countrystyle will last...
      https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en&pb ... CnoECA8QCw

      (The Countrystyle is on the corner of Spadina & Dupont while the KK is closer to the Shopper's drug mart, but still, the two are very close together...)

      McCafe's might be the modern competition to TH, but without a drive through, drivers might not bite their bait regardless of quality or whatever...
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    • EastGTARedFlagger wrote:
      Sep 4th, 2019 11:19 pm
      Tim's is to Canadians what Jollibee is to Filipinos. They keep serving crap food but to too many people, it's somehow their patriotic duty to support them....

      Despite the slogan "America Runs on Dunkin" Americans do not consider DD (nor McDonald's, Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A...) as their patriotic duty to support with their money. Not like the blind support Tim's and Jollibee get from their people.

      I'm sure DD would love to invade Canada but they know they'll be sent home faster than Target if they tried. Waffle House would be nice too -- what do we have up here to compete? Sunset Grill?
      Canada has no good breakfast places AT ALL. Sunset Grill is a joke and that's all we have and the like. Bland bland bland crap.

      I was in Chicago lately and had breakfast at Wildberry. A local place. Incredible. It was the best breakfast I have ever had. The pancake dishes come with a stack of 5 pancakes and they just are the most fluffy pancakes ever. If you don't order a pancakes dish no problem as well because guess what? Every other dish comes with a side of 2 pancakes. The place was so nice as well and was packed on a weekday morning! The culture for food is just different in the USA. *

      https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_ ... inois.html

      How are Tim Hortons' breakfast items? Such as egg bites, egg wraps etc? I have never had as I refuse to eat Tim Hortons but a few family members of mine do enjoy it...
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    • EastGTARedFlagger wrote:
      Sep 5th, 2019 12:39 pm
      If you were in charge of Dunkin would you want to walk into this market?
      It's not impossible though.
      Source: Starbucks
      ar2020 wrote:
      Sep 5th, 2019 1:40 pm
      How are Tim Hortons' breakfast items? Such as egg bites, egg wraps etc? I have never had as I refuse to eat Tim Hortons but a few family members of mine do enjoy it...
      Do you have to ask?
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    • ar2020 wrote:
      Sep 5th, 2019 1:40 pm
      Canada has no good breakfast places AT ALL.
      I wouldn't know. I've never tried Eggsmart.
      They're owned by the same company that owns Coffee time.
      Many Coffee time locations have been converted to Eggsmart locations, so they must be doing something right, I guess.

      You won't find doughnuts at Eggsmart though.
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