Tim Hortons’ Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroons Pass the Taste Test

I had the chance to pick up some of Tim Hortons‘ new gluten-free coconut macaroons yesterday. They come in packages of two, for $1.29 per package:

Tim Hortons Macaroons

Tim Hortons Macaroons

Their regular, gluten-containing cookies are 89 cents plus tax, so that is a pretty comparable price. As you can see, each package is individually wrapped and clearly labelled gluten-free, with the Canadian Celiac Association logo on the right. Each macaroon is about the size of a golf ball.

I really liked the taste of these macaroons. Primarily made of egg white and frozen egg whites, they are light and fluffy, with a little bit of drizzled chocolate on the top. I had a really hard time not immediately eating both packages that I bought! There is no flour of any kind in them, meaning no weird rice-y taste or texture. They are definitely rice-free, and I am pretty sure that they are dairy-free as well, since the chocolate topping is made of icing sugar, water, sugar, cocoa, and corn syrup. (Always double-check the ingredients, though!)

Not surprisingly, these macaroons aren’t very good for you. For one, they have some ingredients (like modified palm oil and a pile of chemicals that I can’t pronounce) that will make some people run screaming into the woods. The calorie count isn’t too bad (125 calories per cookie), but each cookie also contains 7 grams of fat (almost all of it saturated) and 12.5 grams of sugar. Ouch!

Right now, Tim Hortons is saying that this is a limited time product. However, they’ve obviously gone to great lengths to create a safe, tasty, if not nutritious gluten-free product. I’m hoping that if these sell well (which they seem to be), Timmy’s will keep them on the menu. So, be sure to let them know how much you love them via their contact page!

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  1. #1 by Terry on July 10, 2013 - 10:32 am

    Tks for the review of these treats. Nice to see Timmies address the GF market. Hope they’re successful enough to warrant other products. My daughter loves the tea there and now she can have a sweet treat instead of watching others enjoy the traditional fare.

    Keep up the great work, I share GFP’s posts with friends and relatives dealing with gluten issues.

    • #2 by glutenfree4hfx on July 10, 2013 - 10:37 am

      Thanks for the kind words, and for sharing us! Hope your daughter enjoys the macaroons 🙂

  2. #3 by Elaine Phinney Bennett on July 13, 2013 - 2:45 pm

    Finally found them this morning and YUM. Nice to have a treat with my tea.:)

    • #4 by glutenfree4hfx on July 14, 2013 - 9:46 pm

      Glad that you liked them! Lets hope that they stick around 🙂

  3. #5 by Serena on July 15, 2013 - 4:35 pm

    Yay! Finally a treat a Tim’s to have with my double double! Tasty and fair priced…but you are right in that the ingred’s make it only an occasional treat. Hope they stay in stores.

  4. #6 by annette Breton on September 11, 2013 - 6:39 pm

    I would appreciate a muffin with my coffee

    • #7 by glutenfree4hfx on September 11, 2013 - 7:01 pm

      That’s a great idea! We’ve heard that if the macaroons are successful, there might be more products coming, so fingers are crossed. 🙂

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