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Tim Horton’s, double doubles, and all you need to know about Canadian donuts (1 picture)

Tim Horton’s is a famous chain of Canadian coffee and donut shops. There’s a Timmy’s in pretty much every town with a road. Many offer drive-through or eat in.

Tim Horton's parking lot (photo credit Jill Browne)

Things to know about Tim Horton’s

  • Double double = coffee with double cream and double sugar.
  • Timbits = round balls of donut dough, cooked and decorated the same way as donuts, but much smaller. Sold alone or in boxes of many, they come in the same flavours as the donuts.
  • The coffee is pretty good.
  • The lunches aren’t bad either (soup, bun, sandwich).
  • You can buy travel mugs, coffee makers, and Tim Horton’s ground coffee to make at home.
  • To play the annual RRRoll Up The Rim contest, you roll up the rim of your paper coffee cup and there may be a note saying you’ve won a new Jeep. Or, you may get a note saying you didn’t. I won a free muffin in 2005.
  • It’s a standing joke that you will usually find at least one police car at any given Tim Horton’s in Canada. Well, police need coffee breaks just like the rest of us!
  • Cheaper than Starbucks and fancy latte places, but Tim’s has begun serving specialty coffees as well as their staple brewed coffee.
  • Tim Horton was a real person, a hockey player who played defence for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He died tragically in a car accident in 1974.
  • Tim Horton’s business partner, Ron Joyce, has developed the company and also started the Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation. You can throw some change into the Foundation collection box on the counter and support their good work of providing a summer camp experience for kids who wouldn’t otherwise get one. Tim’s also supports other local charities.
  • While the Tim Horton’s double double is the famous drink, there is no one donut that everyone orders.
  • The old TV and radio comedy program, The Royal Canadian Air Farce used to make Tim Horton’s the setting for some of their sketches.
  • One of the chain’s advertising slogans was, “You’ve always got time for Tim Horton’s”.
  • Any road trip in Canada must include a daily stop at Tim Horton’s.

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