I’m told I have to start this post off with a disclaimer: I work at Tim Hortons head office. However, I’m also Canadian, so the fact that I happen to work there really has no influence on the fact that I’m totally addicted. Anyone who knew me before I started working at Tims 8 months ago can attest to that fact. Moving on.
I had a pretty typical Canadian childhood, which means it should come as no surprise that I was raised like this:
In fact, legend has it that my first words were “Double Double”. Not even joking.
My tastes have evolved over the years, but my love of Tim Hortons has been unwavering. I know people can have some seriously polarizing opinions on the menu at Tims, so I’ll just say that these are my favourite products, and you’re welcome and encouraged to share your own in the comments!
10. Café Mocha with Milk
You’ve got the coffee for the buzz, the hot chocolate and whipped topping for the sugary treat, and the milk to smooth out the bitterness of the black coffee. This drink was my go-to winter semester study treat when looking at equations for hours in the library made me want to tear my hair out.
9. English Muffin Sausage Breakfast Sandwich
My university was three hours away from home, so returning to school to school was a bit of a trek. The highlight of that drive was always stopping at the ONroute in Port Hope to get a breakfast sandwich. So even though it’s just three bucks and there’s nothing particularly special about it, this breakfast sandwich always feels like a treat.
8. Sundried Tomato Asiago Bagel (RIP)
I love sundried tomatoes. And cheese. And bread. This bagel was everything I could ever dream of in a bagel. Then Tims discontinued it, and my heart was shattered into a million pieces. I can only hope that someday, the outcry of millions of Sundried Tomato Asiago Bagel lovers will warm the cold hearts of the product team so that my bagel and I can be reunited.
7. Spicy Thai Soup
This soup is seasonal, so when I heard it was coming back in November, I got really excited. It’s tasty with a kick, it has lots of variety in flavour and texture, and it really fills you up. It’s a great “comfort food” for the winter.
6. Roasted Red Pepper Gouda Soup
So I had this soup for the first time today, and I immediately decided that it was better than my previous favourite soup, the Spicy Thai. It’s got a great consistency – creamy with just a bit of hearty chunkiness – and it tastes great. Unfortunately, it’s also seasonal.
5. Chocolate Chip Muffin
You can’t go wrong with a chocolate chip muffin. I’ve actually noticed that Tim Hortons lightened up on the sugar topping on these muffins, which, in my opinion, made them better now than before. In general, this is my go-to baked good if I’m looking for a snack.
4. Strawberry Strudel
I love these strudels for three reasons: they’re tasty, they’re small, and they’re cheap. Lots of sugar without much perceived guilt. And it’s great that you get a discount if you order them with a coffee or tea!
3. Filled Sugar Cookie
This cookie just came out this winter, and oh my gosh, it’s delicious. But it’s horrible for you. It’s basically just sugar. Proceed with caution.
2. Iced Capp with Milk
This drink brings back many memories of my previous job… (More on that later.) The Iced Capp has been a staple in my summer diet for years. I almost never went into work without one. Just make sure you stir the deliciousness regularly so it doesn’t separate!
1. Small Double Double with Milk
This coffee gets me through the day. I think I honestly decided on this particular combination of modifiers because I wanted to be able to order a “Double Double” but I just don’t like cream in my coffee. I’m specifying small because even though I know the ratios are constant, I find I like the taste of a small better than any other size. It’s probably just a psychological thing. Plus, if I drink more than a small at one time, I get a little jittery… As a wise man once said, “Coffee coffee coffee.” This is my mantra.
Wow, that was harder than I thought – I don’t even have any donuts on this list! To be fair, though, my favourite donut changes so often that none of them really outrank what I’ve listed here. (Right now, it’s Chocolate Dip…though there’s also Sour Cream Glazed, and the sorely missed Blueberry Fritter and Birthday Cake Donut…)
One thing I’ve learned from working at Tim Hortons is that everyone has an opinion on it. So have at it: Do you agree with my list? What are some of your favourites at Tims?