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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Tim Hortons

To mark National Donut Day on June 1, we’re highlighting 10 fascinating facts about the iconic brand that landed “Double Double” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

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Tim Hortons apple fritterPhoto: Tim Hortons

1. This is how much a donut originally cost at Tim Hortons

When Tim Hortons first opened its doors in 1964 in Hamilton, Ontario, a donut would set you back a dime. The first Tim Hortons donuts ever made were classic Canadian favourites, including the Dutchie and the Apple Fritter (above). Here are 10 more must-try Canadian classics—and where to find them.

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These are the rarest Tim Horton's donutsPhoto: ShutterStock

2. Some Tim Hortons donuts are harder to track down than others

How common is your favourite donut? The rarest varieties at Tim Hortons tend to be Maple Cruller, Maple Swirl, Chocolate Snow, Chocolate Éclair and Long Johns. If your local serves up those hard-to-find delicacies, count yourself lucky! Don’t miss these 10 Canadian delicacies that Americans need to discover!

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Lloydminster, Alberta, is the donut capital of CanadaPhoto: ShutterStock

3. This is the donut-eating capital of Canada

If there was an award for the donut capital of Canada, it would likely go to Lloydminster, Alberta, where you’ll find the most donuts consumed per capita. (This sounds like a challenge to us…)

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CN Tower, TorontoPhoto: ShutterStock

4. A towering achievement

In 2017, Canadians ate so many Tim Hortons donuts that if you were to stack them horizontally on top of one another, it would reach the height of the CN Tower. You may never look at the Toronto skyline the same way again…

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Canadians eat the most donutsPhoto: ShutterStock

5. These are the two most donut-obsessed countries on Earth

Canada is the number one donut consumer in the world at around 1-billion annually, followed by Japan in a close second. (Here are 12 more fascinating things you didn’t know about Japan.)

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Donuts consumed in Canada each dayPhoto: ShutterStock

6. A whopping 43-million donuts are served per month in Canada

In case you don’t have your calculator handy, that’s 10 million per week, and 1.4 million per day. Although we definitely love our donuts, these other stereotypes about Canadians aren’t necessarily 100 per cent true

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Timbits from Tim HortonsPhoto: ShutterStock

7. The Timbit is 42 years old.

The Timbit celebrates its 42nd birthday in 2018, making it the same age as fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds. If you lined up every Timbit ever eaten, the string of bite-sized deliciousness would stretch to the moon and back—five times.

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What the four donuts in the Tim Hortons logo really meanPhoto: ShutterStock

8. There’s a secret meaning behind the original Tim Hortons logo

Founder Tim Horton had four daughters, represented by the four donuts in the company’s original logo. Don’t miss these quirky secret messages in other company logos you see all the time.

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The shape of a Tim Hortons donutPhoto: ShutterStock

9. Everyone knows donuts are round, right?

Well, not really. Technically, the shape of a donut is referred to as “toroid.”

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The Jason Priestley donut at Tim HortonsPhoto: ShutterStock

10. There’s such a thing as a “Priestley” donut—and yes, it’s named in honour of Canadian actor Jason Priestley

After the Beverly Hills 90210-alumnus stuffed a chocolate Timbit into a strawberry filled donut on an episode of How I Met Your Mother and named it “The Priestley,” Tim Hortons decided to actually make a batch. Cobie Smulders was so envious of her co-star’s eponymous treat that Tim Hortons granted her a donut of her own—the “Robin Sparkles.” Don’t miss these other quirky facts you didn’t know about the origins of your favourite foods.