$5 says your reply triggers a debate about who makes the best donuts.
The example was just that, an example to explain myself.
I chose one you might be a bit familiar with and heard previously which illustrated how different people reacted to and expressed simialer positions, but in different ways.
It did express my opinion however on what has happened to Tim Hortons. I am so old that I remember when the stores actually were bakeries and you could order and get good fresh baked cakes from them. This was back in the day when they also we're,still using Rogers syrup.
Currently if I want a good donut I can't just stay in my small town and go to the local Timmys. Instead it's a 15 mile drive to get to a real bakery called Schneiders which makes them in the style of a Berliner. Not quick, or easy and at $1.10 a roll, not cheap, but my wife agrees,well worth it.
And now to digress further. I don't mind when a large corporate chain such as Tim Hortons comes to town and sells a franchise, provides a good product and hastens the demise of a local competitor which is selling an inferior product at a higher price. What I mind is when they do the first part and then, once they have established themselves lower the quality of the product they sell while keeping the price up. By then their competitors are long gone and given the entry cost they can and do not have competitors. It technically is not bait and switch, but it feels like it.
Now, back to the first digression. Does anyone know of any chain which makes a great donut? Please do not restrict yourself to the North American market if you are familiar with one not there. And as a matter of background regarding the Tim Hortons situation, it is an Ontario, Canada originated coffee shop which a venerated Hockey player was involved in the formation of, thus having his name on them. It has been franchised and has spread across Canada and the parts of the U.S. adjoining Ontario as well as some other places in the U.S. They used to have professional bakers at each shop who went in vey early in the morning to freshly bake donuts and other baked goods. They used very high quality ingrediants such as Rogers Syrup, a Canadian liquid sugar product. A few years ago The Tim Hortons Corperation in an effort to increase profitability required the purchase of prepaid frozen donuts produced by or for the Corperation by central bakeries. This created a significant cost to franchisees who subsequently sued Tim Hortons. The result was an elimination of all actual baking at each Tim Hortons store in favor of the thawing and preparing of previously frozen donuts as the other products were also dropped. The problem for consumers is the donuts that result taste like what they are, thawed frozen donuts. In particular the dough is not good in too many ways to describe here and in some markets Timmys had long before not only eliminated the local coffee shop, they had eliminated the local bakery and so there also was no longer a local source for a fresh baked cake.
Edited by Parker51, 09 August 2020 - 13:13.