The mountains, prairies, and arctic tundra of Canada might be vast, but wherever you find Canadians, you’ll find Tim Hortons.
Affectionately known as Tim’s or Timmies, this restaurant chain has practically become elevated to the status of a national symbol. It stands with maple syrup and ice hockey as a characteristically Canadian icon and can be found across the entire nation.
Today, we’ll be looking more closely at the history of this fast-food phenomenon, from its humble Ontario origins all the way to the international, billion dollar franchise we see today. We’ll also be surveying their current menu, so first time Timmies customers can get a sense of what’s on offer before they even walk through the door!
A Brief History of Tim Hortons
Just the origin story of this popular food joint is about as Canadian as it gets. It was set up in the 1960’s by a professional hockey player with a successful career in the National Hockey League. Tim Horton, along with investor and ex-police constable, Ron Joyce, went into business together and established the first flagship store in 1964, based in Hamilton, Ontario.
Tragically, Tim Horton died following a car accident in 1974, at which point Ron Joyce took over the operations of the entire business. It was at this point that the restaurant’s meteoric ascent from popular, local doughnut shop to multi-million dollar franchise really began.
Ron Joyce expanded the company rapidly, establishing stores up and down the country. Whereas the first Tim Hortons sold just doughnuts and coffee, subsequent expansions led to a broad lunch menu, bakery items, and breakfast options. It changed the face of the Canadian casual-diner experience, often causing smaller, independent stores to struggle in the wake of affordable, delicious, and predictable meals served via a trusted formula.
Today, there are roughly 5000 restaurants operating throughout the globe, with recent expansions into the UK and Europe. In August 2014, the chain was purchased by the fast food giant Burger King for a whopping $11.4 billion, one of the largest mergers in North American food business history.
Its popularity has hardly waned in this time, particularly amongst Canadians. In fact, after operating successfully for five strong decades, Tim Hortons now claims that around 80% of Canadians visit a Timmies every month at least once!
So what’s the secret to their global success? And how does their menu compare to the wealth of other casual dining and coffee options out there today? Let’s take a look at what’s on offer and how it stands up to the competition.
What’s on the Menu at Tim Hortons
The items we’ve looked at here are those traditionally sold throughout Canadian outlets. Prices quoted are in Canadian dollars.
It’s worth bearing in mind that Tim Hortons menu prices can vary slightly depending on which province and store you’re visiting, but the following information are estimates taken from a survey of various Tim Hortons restaurants currently operating across Canada. The menu items quoted are items that you’ll likely find at most outlets, allowing for a bit of regional variation.
If you want to check exactly what’s on the menu and what’s in stock at your nearest Timmies, your best bet is to check out your local menu here!
Let’s kick things off with the brew that put Tim Hortons on the map. Back in the beginning, Tim’s built its reputation on serving good coffee and good doughnuts to blue-collar workers and working families. Though they’ve expanded a great deal beyond this, they still pride themselves on getting the traditional basics right.
- Flagship Tim Hortons Original Blend (4 kcal / $1.83)
A simple cup of their signature coffee, no frills. It’s a delicious dark roast sure to get you going in the morning. If you’re buying for the office, you can ‘Take Twelve’ for $19.99. Decaf options are also available.
- Roasted Hazelnut Latte (210 kcal / $3.79)
If you’re looking for something a little fancier, why not go for a sweet, smooth, nutty lift to your morning.
- London Fog (160 kcal / $2.79)
An interesting twist on a hot English classic, combining Earl Grey tea with smooth, frothy milk.
You’ll also find all your established classics
- mocha (140 kcal)
- cappuccino (120 kcal)
- hot chocolate (280 kcal)
- lattes (140 kcal) with optional syrup or additional espresso shots for around $3.49 to $4.49
As well as sodas, water and traditional iced coffee, Tim Hortons have recently introduced some new kids on the block.
- Biebs Brew (150 kcal / $3.19)
A collaboration with another Canadian superstar, Justin Bieber, has resulted in this French Vanilla cold brew coffee.
- Hershey S’Mores Iced Cappuccino (540 kcal / $3.99)
To satisfy a sweet tooth, why not try a heady mixture of Hershey’s chocolate syrup, marshmallow flavoured topping and Graham crackers.
- Passionfruit Tea Lemonade Quencher (150 kcal / $2.69)
For those looking for a refreshing, summer sip, this is likely to be just the ticket ($2.69), particularly for iced tea lovers. There are also Strawberry Watermelon and Peach Real Fruit flavours as well.
- Strawberry Smoothie (310 kcal / $3.19)
Keeping it fruity and healthy. Ideal for when you’re on the way to or from the gym.
- Creamy Chills (520 kcal / $3.99)
Tim Hortons’ take on the classic American milkshake. Comes in strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla.
- Iced mocha (500 kcal)
- iced cappuccino (320 kcal)
Tim Hortons’ breakfast fuels millions of Canadians a year. Warm, tasty, and filling, this is a great shout for when you’re early to the office or out on the road. All the following can be upgraded to include coffee and hash brown (120kcal) for an additional $2.30.
Much of the breakfast menu revolves around muffin-type sandwiches with a range of classic breakfast fillings, as well as breakfast wraps.
- Steak and egg homestyle biscuit sandwich (510 kcal / $5.39)
This is a popular favourite for meat lovers. Sizzling Angus steak strip topped off with seasoned eggs. If you’re going mountain climbing, this isn’t a bad protein and calorie kick to start your day.
- Bacon sandwich (410 kcal / $4.89)
A more traditional breakfast number, also popular with Brits travelling to Canada and needing a little taste of home!
- Egg and cheese sandwich (350 kcal / $4.49)
An option for vegetarians looking to warm up their morning and soothe a grumbling stomach.
- Turkey sausage with spinach sandwich (390 kcal / $4.89)
Not necessarily what you’d expect to find on a breakfast menu, but this sandwich swaps out traditional fare for some lean protein and a portion of greens.
- Bagel BELT (490 kcal / $4.79)
Bacon, egg, lettuce, and tomato bagel. Fresh but also very filling.
- Spicy Habanero Sausage Bagel Sandwich(650 kcal / $4.79)
A new and exciting flavour combo that has been introduced to various stores quite recently. Keeping the bagel breakfast theme but adding a bit of spiced sausage to the mix.
- Greek yogurt or homestyle oatmeal (250 kcal / $2.99)
If you’re looking to cut down on the calories whilst still fuelling yourself the right way, Timmies also have a few healthier, lighter breakfast options.
For vegetarians looking for a meat-y taste, the simply harvest farmer’s breakfast options swap out the meat for an ‘Impossible’ meat option, vegan-friendly and protein packed.
Lunch and dinner menu
Moving onto the rest of the day, Tim Hortons have built a popular lunch menu around fresh, hand-made sandwiches and wraps. To make it a meal, with chips and a soft drink, add an extra $2.
- California Turkey Bacon Club sandwich (520 kcal / $5.89)
A dose of lean protein with fresh salad and a salty piece of pork. A classic and popular Timmies offering.
- Crispy chicken craveable (410 kcal / $5.89)
Taking the deliciousness of fried chicken and putting into a sandwich, you can’t go wrong with this feel-good treat.
- Ham and swiss sandwich (480 kcal / $4.79)
A European classic combo that has stood the test of time.
- Avocado BLT sandwich (490 kcal / $5.49)
There’s a reason the creaminess of avocado often gets paired with the salt-crispiness of bacon. This sub is a shining example of that reason.
- Angus steak with cheese sandwich (530 kcal / $6.79)
If you thought you were only getting treated to steak strips on the breakfast menu, think again. The lunch menu at Timmies wouldn’t be complete without this crowd-pleasing classic.
- Chicken or Steak Fajita wrap (490 kcal / $5.49 – $6.49)
Looking for a bit of a South American twist to your lunch? We recommend going for one of these lightly spiced fajita wraps – fresh and sizzling.
- Classic chili with cheddar (310 kcal / $3.79)
- Warming soups (150 – 270 kcal / $2.49 – $3.49).
You can often substitute chips for a small soup for a dollar or two more.
Just as Tim Hortons built its reputation on good coffee, it also built its name on doughnuts. In fact, Canada as a nation has more doughnut shops per capita than any other country on earth! Many people ascribe this fact to the rapid expansion and national success of the Tim Hortons brand, after it spread to every city and town throughout the Canadian provinces.
Today, Tim Hortons still offers a range of classic donuts and pastries, for those looking for a sweet bite on the go. They also cater to people picking up for the family or the office.
- Old Fashioned Sugar Donut (300 kcal / $0.99)
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This straightforward Timmies classic is one of the things that’s kept customers coming back the longest. You can also take away batches of 6 or 12 at a discounted rate.
- Classic bagel, with or without cream cheese (290 – 390 kcal / $2.49 – $2.99)
What if you want something more savoury? Bagels with cream cheese are about as North American as you can hope for, loved by Canadians just as much as New Yorkers. Timmies also do a variety of bagel breads, plain or otherwise.
- Timbits (60 kcal / $1.99)
Finally, no survey of the Tim Hortons menu would be complete without taking a look at Timbits. These signature pieces of the Tim Hortons chain are small, bite sized doughnut balls, perfect for sharing or just for guzzling on your own in the truck. Timbiebs are also a thing – you guessed it, a Justin Bieber collab again!
They come in batches, given their size. A small pack of 10 will set you back around $1.99, but if you want to bump the numbers and please your friends why not go for 20 or 40 packs?
Round this all off with a good selection of cookies, muffins and croissants (each costing around $1.49) and you have yourself a well-rounded bakery menu for all occasions.
Next time you find yourself in the stunning, mountainous land of Canada, why not grab a bite at the nation’s favourite food chain? Tim Hortons is a real Canadian success story – from national hockey star to local doughnut sensation, small town coffee shop to international fast food phenomenon.
And if you’re not in Canada any time soon, why not hop over to the Tim Hortons site to see whether or not there’s an outlet near you? You’ll find them across the world, so there might be one closer than you think!
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I have a nut allergy and was wondering what is in a French vanilla?