Jenn Veenvliet is hoping to enjoy the sweet taste of victory.
The elementary school teacher’s Ice Cream Sundae donut is one of the four finalists in Tim Hortons Dueling Donuts contest.
“It’s a chocolate yeast donut with banana filling, pineapple frosting, and a strawberry fondant drizzle. It is topped with whipped cream, waffle bits, and sprinkles,” said the Barrie resident, who grew up in Caledonia.
Her parents are John Kinrade and Janice Kinrade; John and his wife Kathy moved up north after retirement, but Janice and her husband, Mark Talbot, are still in town.
“I moved to Barrie when I got married in 2001,” said Jenn, whose husband, Brad Veenvliet, grew up in Lynden, near Ancaster.
“My kids and I heard about the contest and they enjoyed “playing” it – they both thought it was a video game,” said Jenn.
Entrants designed their donuts online, and those with the top ideas were brought in to pitch the donut ideas to the judges, Jason Priestley, Jann Arden, Anna Olson, and Ben Mulroney.
“My 4.5-year-old daughter, Charlotte, came up with the idea for the donut, and she, my almost 7-year-old son Sam, and I created the Ice Cream Sundae donut using all the flavours of our favourite ice cream sundaes. We had a great time!”
Twenty donut designers were selected to create a video pitch; the Veenvliet family’s can be seen here.
“While on vacation in Ottawa on Auguest 5, I found out I was in the top eight,” said Jenn. “I got picked up in a limo on August 12 and taken to Oakville to spend the night in a hotel with the other contestants and prepare for my pitch to the judges.”
Jenn said that finding out she was in the top four was “Crazy!”
But now she needs help from the community- to win the contest, her design has to garner the most votes online; as of the writing of this article, Jenn’s donut was in second place for votes.
Visit www.duellingdonuts.com to view the pitch videos and cast your ballot; voting closes Wednesday, August 27.