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Tim Hortons Actually Introduced a Buffalo-Sauce Latte Because Nothing Matters Anymore

Complete with a “dusting of zesty Buffalo seasoning” on top. Photo: Business Wire

Tim Hortons has a new latte out today that doesn’t just titillate your taste buds — it reaches all the way back and slaps your gag reflex. Coffee purists seeking something not pumpkin-spiced to hate need to look no further than this thing, which Tims is calling the Buffalo Latte. It’s part of a promo only occurring at locations in Buffalo, New York. The bad news, if you were nervous which “Buffalo” the name referred to, is that the drink also contains an unclear amount of the famous wing sauce invented there in 1964. It’s all but certain that the bar where Buffalo sauce originated would never allow it anywhere near dairy that isn’t blue cheese, but the complaint ship probably sailed once the condiment started flavoring soda and kale chips.

Here’s what you get in the drink, according to the chain: “Made from freshly brewed espresso, steamed milk, mocha, and bold Buffalo sauce flavor, the latte is topped with whipped topping and a dusting of zesty Buffalo seasoning.” It sounds like the black sheep of the wellness-latte family. The Buffalo sauce has unusual ingredients, similar to Mexican hot chocolate in particular (salt, butter, chocolate, chili peppers), but the Worcestershire and vinegar could make things rough in the end.

Tim Hortons says the “unlikely” pairing makes for an “unexpectedly delicious sweet and spicy treat,” although Twitter is already full of people who feel it’s probably just as expectedly undelicious as it sounds:

Odds that the Canadian chain is only doing this to troll Über-patriotic Americans: about 50-50.

Tim Hortons Actually Introduced a Buffalo-Sauce Latte