When it comes to Tim Hortons, I think it’s safe to assume the Canadians know best. After all, the brand is a quintessential staple of Canadian culture, having been around since 1964 (even before Starbucks was founded).
Over the past few years, Tim Hortons has expanded internationally to places in the U.S., the U.K., Spain and even the Philippines. One of its most recent openings occurred last week in Indianapolis and people there went crazy over it, which made sense since it was the first Tim Hortons location in the state.
Even James Hinchcliffe, Canadian race car driver and former Dancing With The Stars alum joined in on the fun by working the drive-thru on opening day:
Guys, it’s finally happening. The day is here. @TimHortonsUS is coming to Indy! This is one happy Canuck! So happy that I’m gunna swing by and work the drive thru tomorrow at noon! Come see me and buy some timbits! We’re raising money for charity, too! Win/win! 8301 Rockville Rd.— James Hinchcliffe (@Hinchtown) January 21, 2018
In honour of the store’s opening, Indiana-based publication IndyStar wrote a feature on the coffee shop and its products. The author, Nate Chute, who is the only Canadian on staff, picked out five items Americans must order at Tim Hortons.
Here’s what he picked:
1. Double Double
This was a given — Chute explained that this was the classic Canadian order, a cup of coffee with two creams and two sugars.
“If you want three of each, say you’d like a ‘Triple Triple,’ and so on,” he explained. “‘Regular’ is one of each.”
He also stressed that the term only applies to cream. Milk is a different story.
2. French Vanilla Cappuccino
Chute swears by this beverage, saying that other chains tend to water it down too much.
“Not Tim’s,” he assured. “It’s a very smooth hot beverage that packs a delicious — albeit artificial — flavour.”
He also suggested that the drink could be mixed with coffee if it was too sweet
3. Tuscan Chicken Panini
Chute’s top food suggestion was the Tuscan Chicken Panini. He claims the onions work well with the chicken and sun-dried tomato sauce.
“Most people probably associate Tim’s with breakfast, but lunch is an underrated offering,” he said.
He also mentioned that Tim’s has a great offering of soups, chilis and wraps.
“You might feel obliged to call these doughnut holes, but resist that urge,” Chute warned. “At Tim’s, they’re Timbits, no ifs ands or buts about it.”
His favourite Timbit? Sour Cream Glazed. Though he does suggest to mix and match since there are so many flavours to choose from.
5. Honey Crueller
Surprisingly, Chute picked the Honey Crueller over the Boston Cream and Raspberry Filled doughnuts. He particularly loves its soft texture and rich flavour.
“It's perfect for pulling off into smaller pieces and dipping into your Double Double,” he added.
Iced capps and chocolate dip doughnuts failed to make the list, but we’ll forgive him for that. Chute also encouraged Americans to get creative with their Times orders. To read his full feature, click here.