TORONTO - A Toronto man's doughnut idea has been crowned champ in a Tim Hortons contest.
Andrew Shepherd's Tortoise Torte beat out London banker Jason Flannery's Oreo Borealis to capture the Duelling Doughnuts title.
The 39-year-old wins $10,000 for his chocolate, caramel and pecan pastry.
Entries to the contest were not actually baked by the creators, but submitted online through a form that allowed them to pick different doughs and toppings.
Tim Hortons received more than 63,000 entries. Of those, eight were selected to be tasted by a panel of judges, which included Jason Priestley after his appearance on How I Met Your Mother where he said he once stuffed a Timbit into a strawberry-vanilla doughnut which he named The Priestley.
The eight finalists included Monkey-C Donut, Monkey Do-nut, Dark Chocolate Cherry Chunk, Mr. Velvetere, S'more Of It, Tortoise Torte, Oreo Borealis, The Sweet and Salty, and Don't Touchie My Dutchie.
Donna Finelli, Tim Hortons' vice-president of food marketing, said she's aware of how "passionate our guests are about our donuts, but we were amazed with the number of entries we received for the Duelling Donuts contest."Follow @CanoeLifestyle