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Skor brownies, Reese's Pieces among proposed Tims' doughnut toppings

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TORONTO - Doughnuts flavoured with Skor brownies, Reese's Pieces and cheesecake could be coming to a Tim Hortons near you.

Eight finalists have been announced in the company's annual Duelling Donuts Contest. More than 76,500 submissions were received.

The short-listed contestants will be flown to the Tim Hortons head office to pitch their concoctions to a panel of judges including actor Jason Priestley.

They are vying for a $10,000 prize and, of course, boasting rights that come with having their confection on the Tims menu.

Priestley made doughnut headlines last year after an appearance on TV's "How I Met Your Mother." In a fake documentary, the Los Angeles-based actor claimed he had invented "The Priestley," a strawberry-vanilla doughnut with a chocolate Timbit nestled inside.

Tim Hortons then created a batch of the fictional pastry, and the contest followed soon after.

Rounding out the judging panel is singer Jann Arden, personality Ben Mulroney and famed baker Anna Olson.

The eight finalists are:

— Isabelle Scantland Lebel of Gatineau, Que., creator of The Pistachio & White Chocolate

— Judd Mah of Edmonton, creator of The Lumberjack

— Nikola Kostic of Toronto, creator of The Big Canadian Red

— Lauren Armstrong of Toronto, creator of The Lemmy Tell Ya About Cheesecake

— Jennifer Brown of Glencoe, Ont., creator of The Love Reese's To Pieces

— Danny Hawtin of Waterdown, Ont., creator of The Cookie Jar

— Nancy Angus of Oro-Medonte, Ont., creator of The Skor Brownie Points

— Jennifer Veenvliet of Barrie, Ont., creator of The Ice Cream Sundae

Said Priestley in a statement: "Last year was a blast, but Tim Hortons has definitely raised the bar with this year's Duelling Donuts contest ... By inviting the eight finalists to defend their dough in person, there's going to be a whole new level of passion and excitement in the air."

Four finalists will be chosen on Aug. 18 and the public will then vote on the winner.

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