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Sour cream glazed and honey dip timbits
TypeDoughnut, doughnut hole
Place of originCanada
Created byTim Hortons
Food energy
(per serving)
45 to 90[1] kcal

Timbits is the name of a bite-sized fried-dough confectionery sold at the Canadian-based franchise Tim Hortons.[2] Equivalent to the American "donut hole," they were introduced in April 1976.[3]

Name and variations[edit]

The word Timbit is a play on the word "tidbit" (a delicate bit or morsel of food).[4][5] As of 2009, they are available in various flavours that differ from store to store. Flavours include chocolate-glazed, jelly-filled, dutchie, honey dip, sour-cream-glazed, old-fashioned plain, old-fashion-glazed, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, lemon, apple cider, orange-tangerine, creamy caramel, cherry cake, birthday cake, honey cruller, pumpkin spice, toasted coconut, and apple fritter.[3] For Tim Hortons's 50th anniversary, "birthday cake" doughnuts and Timbits were sold for a limited time and given out for free on May 17, 2014- the Timbits being available first in the United States.[6]

Other doughnut chains in Canada and the United States sell virtually identical products, often called "doughnut holes". For instance, the American coffee and donut company, Dunkin Donuts, sells munchkins. The majority of Canadians generally use the Timbits trademark to designate the product, while French-speaking Canadians prefer to use the generic term "trous de beigne". In the francophone Tim Hortons locations, however, they are still referred to as Timbits.[4]

Timbits Minor Sports Program[edit]

Timbits also refers to participants in the Timbits Minor Sports Program, a community program sponsored by Tim Hortons for local sports teams involving children aged four to eight years. The program places an emphasis on learning the sport and building friendships among the participants.[7]


According to many Canadians, Timbits are not doughnut holes. When prompted to explain why they believe such a statement, many say something along the lines of "Timbits taste better than doughnut holes". This, of course, is highly subjective. However, if one challenges the taste quality of Timbits, the Canadian they were conversing with would be extremely offended. Some would even end a conversation in defence of national pride, as Tim Hortons is an important Canadian icon.

These conversations don't provide any details on the true relationship between Timbits and doughnut holes and often end in confusion. To better understand said relationship, it is useful to look at the production of both goods. A doughnut hole, by definition, is the leftover (approximately spherical) piece of bread taken from the centre of a donut. Timbits, in fact, are not made using this procedure - they are made "using their own special cutter and are larger than the holes in Tim Hortons' doughnuts".[8] Therefore, one can confidently say that Timbits are not doughnut holes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Timbits". timhortons.com. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Timbit turns 35". Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b Tim Hortons. "Timbits". Retrieved 2009-10-17.
  4. ^ a b "Timbits(MD) Tim Hortons". Tim Hortons.
  5. ^ "Definition of tidbit | Dictionary.com". www.dictionary.com.
  6. ^ "Tim Hortons To Hand Out Birthday Cake Donuts On May 17". Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Minor Sports Program". Retrieved 23 Aug 2014.
  8. ^ "Holey doughnuts, the Timbit is 35". Retrieved 22 September 2019.

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