Dutchie (doughnut)

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A dutchie from Tim Hortons
Place of originCanada
Created byTim Hortons
Main ingredientsDough, raisins, sugar glaze

The dutchie is a Canadian doughnut popularized by the Tim Hortons chain.[1] It is a square, yeast-lifted doughnut containing raisins that is coated with a sugary glaze. The dutchie was one of two original baked goods (along with the apple fritter) that had been available on Tim Hortons' doughnut menu since the chain's inception in 1964.[2] In 1991, the Toronto Star reported that the dutchie and apple fritter were the chain's most popular type of fried dough, and that readers rejected the paper's contrarian taste-test results.[3]

The dutchie was later removed from the chain's permanent menu, along with the peanut doughnut.[citation needed]

In Canada[edit]

In an informal 1988 poll of Toronto Star readers, Tim Hortons was awarded three gold medals, two for its dutchies and one to the banana cream doughnut. The company's double chocolate and honey glazed fared less well with the judges.[4]

In 1995, the Toronto Star had a story reflecting on Tim Hortons "selling out" to Wendy's with "the spectacle of another great Canadian icon, one more priceless chocolate coconut cream-filled dutchie glazed cruller Timbit of our precious heritage, gone to Yankee burgerfat, (rounding) out the menus of the two chains by blending Tim Hortons morning meals and snacks with the strength enjoyed by Wendy's in lunches and dinners; burp; and nobody around to pass the Maalox?"[5]

A 2009 story in The New York Times reported an apparent scarcity of doughnut specialties such as the dutchie at the newly opened New York City Tim Hortons stores. The report contrasted the baked from scratch at stores approach of Krispy Kreme and some Dunkin' Donuts locations compared to the "flash frozen" and shipped Tim Hortons method. Noting that "American visitors tend to flock to the sweets", including the "raisin-studded Dutchie", the Times found redemption among Canadians that the brand is once again a Canada-based company while contrasting the way politicians in the U.S. "woo" soccer moms while in Canada they "go after Tim Hortons voters".[6]

The dutchie is no longer on the chain's permanent menu.[citation needed] It was temporarily re-introduced in June 2017 as one of several "Canadian-themed" products celebrating Canada's sesquicentennial.[7]


Tim Hortons has sold a smaller "donut hole" Dutchie under the Timbit brand. In February 2014, Tim Hortons announced that Dutchie Timbit had been discontinued due to low popularity.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tim Hortons. "Tim Hortons: On Our Menu". Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  2. ^ Tim Hortons. "The history of Tim Hortons". Archived from the original on 2009-11-12. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  3. ^ Marion Kane Tim Hortons fans dunk our results [FIN Edition] May 1, 1991, page B.3 Section: FOOD Toronto Star
  4. ^ David Kingsmill DOUGHNUTS Star drivers steer toward Tim Hortons in informal poll of six brands [FIN Edition] November 23, 1988, page F.1 Section: FOOD Toronto Star
  5. ^ Susan Kastner Simple fairytale takes on whole new meaning [Final Edition] August 13, 1995, page E.2 Section: PEOPLE Toronto Star
  6. ^ Ron Lieber Tim Hortons Arrives in Bits and Pieces July 14, 2009, New York Times
  7. ^ Canadify Tim Hortons Launches Canadian-Themed Treats For Canada's 150th Birthday June 7, 2017
  8. ^ City News Toronto Dutchie Timbit among 24 items cut from Tim Hortons menu February 21, 2014

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Dutchies at Wikimedia Commons