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“Always fresh” is the motto that Tim Hortons has been following for 58 years since they started the donuts business with an apple fritter and dutchies flavors.

Long story short, Donuts here can cost you up to $2 depending on your selection as there’s a huge variety of tastes. Moreover, the multi-pack donuts can be as expensive as $9. Don’t forget to add any cold or hot beverage to your meal at $2 to $5.

The good thing is that most of the time, the stores remain open except for a couple of holidays. Both Dine-in and Drive-thru options are available in the stores.

Now, let’s get inside to know a lot more about it…..

Donut in Tim Hortons

How did Tim Hortons start its journey?

The history of Tim Hortons is related to hockey because one of the founders was a hockey player. Tim Horton, the hockey player himself along with Jim Charade started the journey in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Here’s a quick recap of the history of Tim Hortons

EventDate 
The first donuts and coffee store17th May 1964
Jim Charade left the companyIn 1966
Ron Joyce becomes the investorIn 1967
Tim Horton dies, and Joyce takes the chargeIn 1974
Addition of Timbits in the menuIn 1976
Introduced muffins and cookiesIn 1981
Inauguration of non-smoking Tim Hortons in HamiltonIn 1983
The first store in the USAIn 1984
Soup and chili are addedIn 1985
Opens the 300th store in CalgaryIn 1987
500th store opened in Aylmer, QueIn 1991
Introduction of sandwiches in the menuIn 1993
Merged with Wendy’sIn 1995
Bagels on the menuIn 1996
2,000th store opened in TorontoIn 2000
“Double-double” word included in the Canadian oxford dictionaryIn 2004
3,000th store opened in Orchard Park, NYIn 2006
Became the subsidiary of Restaurant Brands InternationalIn 2014

Well, it’s basically a Canadian company that has branches in other countries including the USA as well. In the very first store, they used to sell two flavors of donuts only.

  • Apple fritters
  • Dutchies.

It’s the largest quick-service food delivery store in entire Canada that is available in more than 4,900 locations in 16 countries of the world including Canada. The headquarters is in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Tim Horton was a great NHL player, but his donuts business made him the most memorable person in this field.

Although the journey of making donuts started along with Jim Charade, he became alone when Charade left the company in 1966. But soon, a former police constable, Ron Joyce invested in the business in 1967.

Meanwhile, Horton died in 1974 in an auto crash and Joyce took over the charge of the company. Moreover, he also bought Horton’s family share for 1 million USD and expanded the business rapidly as the sole owner.

Everything that happened after Horton’s death was only for the sake of the betterment of the company.

The rapid growth and betterment were well noticeable when the company surpassed every other donuts and coffee shop in Canada in quality and services.

By 1991, Tim Hortons already had 500 stores available all over the country, and Joyce was on the verge of expanding the business abroad as well.

Tim Hortons merged twice

Ron Joyce accepted the proposal of Daniel P. Murphy in 1992 to merge Tim Hortons and Wendy Restaurant two companies and expand the business.

The idea was to set up a combo restaurant merging these two popular ones. However, the idea came into reality as the combo restaurant was set up in Markham, Ontario in 1995.

Later on, Tim Hortons merged with Burger King in 2014. And you all know that Burger King is America’s one of the largest food chain.

But actually, Burger King bought Tim Hortons for 11.4 billion USD. At the end of 2014, Restaurant Brands International, which is an American-Canadian company, took both these companies as its subsidiaries.  

Let’s taste single and multi-pack donuts

Basically, single donuts are available from $1.55 to $1.70, where the taste and designs can be different. However, multi-pack donuts can cost five times more than a single one taking the price up to 9 bucks.

The baked goods including donuts available in Tim Hortons  –

Item nameCost
Donuts$1.62
Donut multi-pack$8.94
Timbits$0.48
Timbit multi-pack of 10$3.87
Timbit multi-pack of 20$7.08
Timbit multi-pack of 40$11.02
Muffins$2.57
Muffin multi-pack$10.69
Bagels$3.33
Bagel multi-pack$7.35
Chocolate chunk cookie$1.72
Cookie multi-pack$7.08
Croissant$2.58

However, what might turn out as a challenge for you is selecting the flavor of the donuts.

Basically, three types of donuts are available here in Tim Hortons with a vast number of flavors.

  • Yeast donuts
  • Cake donuts
  • Filled donuts.

Some of the popular flavors available in yeast donuts are –

  • Apple fritter
  • Chocolate dip
  • Caramel apple fritter
  • Blueberry fritter
  • Honey dip
  • Vanilla dip
  • Maple dip etc.

The following flavors are available in cake donuts –

  • Chocolate mint
  • Chocolate glazed
  • Old fashion dip
  • Old fashion glazed
  • Peanut crunch
  • Chocolate peanut crunch
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Old fashion sugar
  • Sour cream sugar
  • Toasted coconut etc.

You may love to know the flavors found in filled donuts –

  • Boston cream
  • Strawberry vanilla
  • Banana cream
  • Canadian maple
  • Raspberry
  • Lemon
  • Blueberry
  • Cherry etc.

What is the most popular donut at Tim Hortons?

Maybe it’s a bit tough situation for you to find out the best donut from Tim Hortons in town. But what if we suggest the most popular ones? That would be great for sure.

However, by our listing, we didn’t mean to rank any of these donuts; rather we have the intention to suggest to you some of the best taste donuts.

Apple fritter –

The large size and the sweet flavor with baked apples definitely make it a worthwhile addition to your meal. You’ll have the fill of Canadian cinnamon roll while having it for sure.

Moreover, the size is so big that splitting it into two parts can still be enough for a person. Unless someone hates eating apples, there’s no chance of not liking this fruity taste donut.

Sour cream glazed –

The glazed cake is a mixture of a bit sourness and sweetness in it. Whoever is worried about seeing calories on the higher side can make up his mind to taste the donut.

Compared to most other donuts, the texture is here much denser and smoother. The main reason is that thicker creamy layer with higher fat content.

Moreover, to add sweetness to this sour creamy taste, the makers have used sugared glaze.

Honey cruller –

A soft cruller donut is doused in our donut glazed for the right amount of sweetness. It’s a damp donut that is well known as the tractor wheel because of its design and texture.

You can have a mildly crisp bite because of the non-sticky honey glaze. Moreover, it’s quite soft to eat and one of the highest selling donuts in Tim Hortons till now.

Boston cream –

Do you want to have both vanilla and chocolate flavor in the same donut with fluffy custard inside? If the answer is yes, then Boston cream is the best option you have.

It’s a yeast-based donut with soft and fluffy inside. Moreover, the inner portion is chocolate filled and there’s chocolate frosting on top.

However, if you think it’s something with excessive sweetness, you are totally wrong then. The ratio of vanilla and chocolate doesn’t let it taste like an overpowered sweet.

Chocolate glazed –

The donut is covered in a chocolaty glaze with ample chocolaty flavor and smoothness. It’s hard to find such a combo when you don’t want to compromise the taste and quality.

Meanwhile, the use of a sufficient amount of cocoa flavor with sugary glaze makes it a perfect combo, and the enthusiasts are also delighted.

More donuts are available –

  • Chocolate dip – Soft donut dipped in a chocolate fondant
  • Maple dip – Soft donut dipped in a maple fondant
  • Old-fashioned glazed – Soft cake white donut covered in donut glaze
  • Double-chocolate fudge – Chocolate cake donut dipped in chocolate fondant
  • Chocolate éclair – Soft yeast éclair donut filled with creamy whipped topping finished with a chocolate fondant on top
Tim Hortons donuts test

Ranking the healthiest donuts (Calories in these donuts)

Well, it’s obviously hard for one’s part to choose any food after knowing how nutritious it is and what the amount of calories is in it. The same thing happens for Timmies’ customers.

Not all the donuts are fried or baked, glazed or frozen, or have the same amount of sugar. Therefore, the number of calories will vary for sure and that’s what you care before having one.

Check out the following chart that contains the number of calories available in a particular donut.

Donut nameAmount of calories
Chocolate dip220 calorie
Maple dip220 calorie
Apple fritter310 calorie
Sour cream glazed320 calorie
Vanilla dip350 calorie
Strawberry vanilla230 calorie
Sugar loop180 calorie

The lower amount of calories available in a particular donut, the healthier it is. So, you can decide for yourself which donut is healthier here from the above chart.

What do they do with one-day-old donuts?

Donuts aren’t meant to keep on the shelf for a long time and stored. The reason is simple whether it’s cream-filled or cream-less, it will rot consequently and taste bad.

Therefore, Tim Hortons neither stores these items for the next day nor give them to the hungry folk at the end of the working hours at night. Basically, they throw the leftover items in the trash.

But why?

  • Following their motto, “Always fresh”.
  • Notorious people will wait to take it for free at night.
  • It’s an additional job for the workers.

The main story behind this is that their motto is, “Always Fresh”. Serving fresh food items, especially donuts is their main motif, which may not be possible if they store one-day-old items.

Another minor reason is the mindset of the notorious people. From our survey, we’ve got to know that most people living around the store may not purchase these donuts; rather wait for the night to get it free.

This will bring an ultimate loss to their business. However, another reason is to not let the workers for extra hours at night.

If you have to distribute the leftover items among people, this will be an extra job. And the authority doesn’t want the workers to spend their free time doing this.

Therefore, the leftover donuts are thrown into the trash at the end of the day.

How much are beverages in Tim Hortons?

Both hot and cold beverages are available here, where the price starts from as low as $1.60. However, the price can go up to 4 bucks for a caramel macchiato and iced Capp supreme can cost up to $5.

Hot beverages menu with price –

Item nameCost
Original blend coffee$2.46
Dark roast coffee$2.43
Cappuccino$3.61
Caramel macchiato$4.02
Espresso shot single$1.60
Espresso shot double$2.57
Decaf coffee$2.43
Americano$3.19
Latte$3.91
Caramel latte$4.39
Coffee mocha$2.62
Hot chocolate$2.68
French Vanilla$2.65
Specialty tea$2.51

The least expensive cold beverage is iced tea, which can still cost you $1.86. Let’s check out the cold beverages menu with prices –

Item nameCost
Iced Capp$3.93
Iced Capp Supreme$4.84
Iced Capp light$3.87
Iced coffee$2.53
Iced latte$3.81
Iced lemonade$2.96
Iced tea$1.86
Frozen lemonade$3.49
Fruit smoothie$3.94
Timshake$4.12
White milk carton$2.44
Chocolate milk carton$2.44
Caramel macchiato$3.98
Apple juice bottle$2.44
Orange juice bottle$2.44
Sweet tea$2.58
Unsweetened tea$2.58
Frozen lemonade strawberry$3.30
Fruit smoothie strawberry banana$3.92
Strawberry iced lemonade$2.80
Soda (Cola)$2.44
Bottled soda$3.66
Spring water bottle$2.03

What breakfast items are available there?

On average, Tim Hortons breakfast items can cost you from $2 to $5. However, the most expensive item you can have for breakfast is the “Bacon everything bagel” which costs up to 6 bucks.

As a variety of breakfast items are available in there, it’s better to go through the menu first. Also, the prices of these items are stated below alongside the names.

Item nameCost
Biscuit breakfast sandwich$4.22
English muffin breakfast sandwich$4.22
Croissant breakfast sandwich$4.73
Bagel breakfast sandwich$4.27
Bacon everything bagel$6.04
Bagel B.E.L.T.$4.26
Loaded breakfast wrap (Double protein)$5.68
Grilled farmer’s breakfast wrap$4.91
Grilled breakfast wrap$3.88
Breakfast wrap snacker$2.58
Hashbrown$1.67
Greek yogurt parfait vanilla$3.54
Bacon egg and cheese bagel$5.23
Egg and cheese bagel$4.31
Sausage egg and cheese bagel$5.23

Knowing about the lunch items

They have brought to you the lunch items with a huge variety as well. The “Italiano Grilled Bagel” is one of their iconic additions to the lunch menu.

Here are the other items included in the lunch menu:

Italiano Grilled bagel –

The inside of the bagel has a combination of meats, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, onion, crispy lettuce, and roasted garlic mayonnaise on a sundried tomato.

Tuscan chicken Panini –

The outer part is made up of two pieces of grilled white Panini bread. However, it has chicken strips, tomato slices, roasted garlic mayo, mozzarella cheese slices, and red onions.

Grilled cheese Panini –

It has two pieces of grilled white Panini bread as well, but with different inner ingredients. The makers used melted mozzarella sliced cheese and cheddar cheese inside.

Chipotle chicken wrap (Grilled or crispy) –

It’s more like a grilled role that is filled with savory chicken strips, sliced cheddar cheese, onion, bell peppers, tomato, and lettuce in chipotle sauce.

Steak and cheese Panini –

Instead of grilled Panini bread, it has a toasted Panini bun. Inside the two parts, it has savory beef steaks, red onion ring slices, and creamy sliced mozzarella cheese.

Tuna melt –

It’s an artisan-style sandwich, which is filled with tuna chunks, melted cheddar slices, onion, and tomato slices.

Artisan grilled cheese –

The ingredients are stuffed inside two grilled Artisan Panini bread. However, the stuffed ingredients are melted sliced mozzarella, cheddar cheese, and bacon/ pepperoni/ chicken/ steak.

Chicken bacon ranch wrap (Grilled or crispy) –

The stuff is gathered in a grilled tortilla, where seasoned chicken strips, savory bacon, fresh tomato slices, and lettuce with ranch are available.

Note: If you wish to order a combo, then some potato wedges and small iced coffee will be added with each item.

Is there any retail option?

The retail products can cost you as low as $5 and as high as $10. These products are basically available in bags and cans.

You better check out the following chart to get a clearer idea.

Retail itemsSizeCost
Original ground coffee12 oz bag$10.19
Dark roast ground coffee12 oz bag$10. 19
Decaf ground coffee12 oz bag$10.19
French vanilla cappuccino mix16 oz can$8.79
Hot cocoa17.6 oz can$6.39
Earl grey specialty tea bags20ct box$4.89
Green tea bags20ct box$4.89
Chai specialty tea bags20ct box$4.89
Decaf orange pekoe tea bags20ct box$4.89

What’s the opening and closing time?

To be honest, the opening and closing time of Tim Hortons fluctuates a lot depending on the location. However, you can expect an average opening time of 6 a.m. and a closing time of 8 p.m.

Meanwhile, there’re a few stores that remain open for 24 hours and some stores that close at 2 p.m.

  • Opens from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Closes from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Some stores remain open for 24 hours.

What about the holidays then?

They are always open except the Thanksgiving Day and Christmas day. However, the working schedule is impacted during some other holidays.

Meanwhile, some stores tend to open 1 or 2 hours late during the weekends.

Take a look at the following chart at a glance –

HolidaysOpen or close
Thanksgiving DayClosed
Christmas DayClosed
New year’s dayOpen with reduced working hours
Day before ThanksgivingOpen with reduced working hours
Christmas eveOpen with reduced working hours
New year’s eveOpen with reduced working hours
Other holidaysOpen

Tim Hortons near me

Our survey says that Timmies stores are available in more than 4,900 locations throughout Canada and the rest of the 15 countries including the USA.

According to the latest reports, the branches are available in the following countries.

  • The USA
  • The UK
  • Mexico
  • Spain
  • Egypt
  • Bahrain
  • Oman
  • Kuwait
  • Philippines
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Qatar
  • The UAE
  • India
  • China
  • Thailand.

Now, let’s find some stores in the USA and know their opening/ closing time as well.

LocationOpening/Closing time
451 Hamilton St, Geneva, New York, 144565 a.m. to 5 p.m.
12677 Coldwater Rd Fort Wayne, Indiana, 468456 a.m. to 7 p.m.
41 Emerson Commons Blvd Vienna, West Virginia, 261045 a.m. to 9 p.m.
1 Park Place, Washington, Pennsylvania, 153016 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1721 Southgate Pkwy, Cambridge, Ohio, 437255 a.m. to 7 p.m.
57 White Horse Pike Stratford, New Jersey, 080845 a.m. to 12 a.m.
300 W Grand River Av, Brighton, Michigan, 481165 a.m. to 6 p.m.
165 Hinckley Rd, Clinton, Maine, 049276 a.m. to 7 p.m.
2524 Winchester Ave Ashland, Kentucky, 411015 a.m. to 9 p.m.
2401 Knapp St, Brooklyn, New York, 112016 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Is there any mobile app available for Tim Hortons?

Yes, there’s a mobile app for Timmies on both Android and iOS. The download procedure is pretty simple as well.

If you are an iOS user, then go to the Apple App store and search by typing “Tim Hortons”. Then download it and install the app.

The same thing you have to do in the android version as well. The only difference is that you have to search for the app in the Google play store instead.

The reason they introduced the mobile app is to make it a lot more convenient for the user to order and pay for any food item.

Here are the benefits of having a mobile app –

  • Easy to order food any time
  • Scan the barcode in the restaurant and pay
  • Save any particular store location you want
  • Can participate in Tim’s reward program.

The only thing you need to use the app is a cellular data connection or WiFi connection.

Time for “Double-Double”, but what is it?

Don’t you really know what “double-double” means? Basically, most of us are aware of the word, but those who don’t know must taste this coffee once.

So, “double-double” is a coffee with two creamy flavors and two sugars. A huge number of people in Canada spell this word while wanting to enjoy this coffee.

Due to the popularity of the word and its daily usage, it’s now a newly included word in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

Don’t you think it’s fair enough?

Customers’ reviews

Well, if you really want to know how good a restaurant is, the best way is to go and ask people who have been there.

And we did the same thing, and here’s what we have found from our survey.

  • Mr. Patrick was happy to become a part of Tim Horton’s donuts as he said, “I think, I have tasted the best donuts in the world today”.
  • Xavier told us, “You can choose single donut or multi-donut, which I think is a great thing”.
  • Lilly said, “I ordered a combo of muffin and dark roast coffee. And trust me, I enjoyed every moment of the meal”.
  • We asked John about the mobile app, and he told us, “Oh! Man, they literally made the whole process a lot easier with this app”.
  • Ted said, “The store in his area never closes except for thanksgiving day and Christmas day, which is a wonderful thing for food enthusiasts”.

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