Temperatures are dropping, footballs are flying, and Pumpkin Spice is in your face everywhere: fall is definitely upon us. For me, the epitome of the changing of the seasons has to be the transition of ordering iced coffee to hot beverages.
We know shops are prone to really roll out the theme of a season change - again, your Pumpkin Spices, your Halloween themed groceries; you may even have see some Thanksgiving stuff knocking about. I know the Christmas stuff has already been dished out at some crazy-premature establishments, but we won't talk about that.
In terms of actual Autumn, we definitely have a solid image in our heads and expect several things from our corporate overlords. But what distinguishes the good and the quizzical, from the real masters when it comes to autumnal food?
Enter Tim Hortons. While some people may go all-out with pumpkin-flavored hot drinks, the Canadian coffee connoisseurs have unveiled a jaw-dropping new menu item to welcome in the cooler months - a Buffalo Latte.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Canada-based company has introduced a spicy Buffalo-sauce-flavored latte to wake you up and get your stomach rumbling (in a good way, they promise).
Whether the mere thought of combining buffalo wings with coffee makes you salivate or induces a bit of nausea, one thing is for sure: this is perfect for early morning tailgating. Though it doesn't come close to replacing actual Buffalo Wings, of course.
According to a press release from the company, the Buffalo Latte will only be available at two Tim Hortons locations in Buffalo (I wonder if that's done on purpose), NY, made with "freshly brewed espresso, steamed milk, mocha, and bold buffalo sauce flavor". The latte is then topped with whipped cream and spicy Buffalo seasoning.
As for how it tastes, Stephen Goldstein, regional president of Tim Hortons US, said: "The unlikely pairing of sweet mocha and tangy buffalo sauce come together to create an unexpectedly delicious sweet and spicy treat we hope our guests will enjoy."
This isn't the first time Tim Hortons has had a go at mixing savory with sweet. A while back in 2014, they released a ‘Buffalo Crunch’ Donut, that consisted of a pull-apart yeast donut that was dunked in Buffalo sauce and then topped with crushed up chips.
It was sold at the New York State Fair and whilst combining a staggeringly high number of junk food influences, the donut managed to make sense, in two different flavors I should add.The corn-chip strips in the
The corn-chip strips in the center were decorative, and the donut comes in mild and hot varieties — mild is “toned down” with Ranch dressing. It was going for two dollars but only at the time of the fair.
Tim Hortons has pretty delicious coffee (don't forget the donuts either) anyway, but this crazy hybrid sounds like it may only appeal to those die-hard Buffalo chicken fans. Or that weird moment in life when you're craving sticky, spicy meat with roasted beans and cream. Still, be sure to get your hands on a cup of the concoction if you can.