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Timbits for Thought

Tim Hortons is a Canadian staple, so much so, that the term “double-double” (a Tim Hortons coffee with two creams and two sugars) is now in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. One of Tim Hortons products is the famous Timbit, a round ball of doughnut goodness, and today, the consumption of these delicious goodies got us thinking here at the office!

We had an unusually large amount of Timbits on the Studio Engagement side of the company and this led to asking some hard questions. Is there a set record for Timbits eaten in a set amount of time? We scoured the internet and found that professional speed-eating champion Takeru Kobayashi has the only set record of 85 Timbits in 2 minutes. That’s approximately 0.7 Timbits per second! Doing some quick maths (3+3-2 thats 4), if he keeps up that pace he could eat around 61,200 Timbits in 24 hours. If we assume that he isn’t actually some eating deity and that he actually sleeps an average of 8 hours a day, it would be a much more reasonable 40,800 Timbits per day. I think it’s safe to say that his record is safe for some time.

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After seeing such a huge amount, the natural train of thought would bring us to question the nutritional value of such a meal. Looking at Tim Horton’s nutrition information shows us that Timbits average between 40 and 90 calories per 25g, or one Timbit. This means that Kobayashi’s original meal of 85 Timbits was an astounding 7,650 calories, enough to fill the daily recommended calorie intake for three whole people. If he ate the additional 40,715 Timbits, he could probably power a small country for an hour. This leads us to the last question…

With such a large amount of calories in that many Timbits, how much would this weigh and exactly how would you transport them anywhere? Such a large amount of Timbits would be quite heavy. At 25 grams per Timbit, this equates to 0.05 pounds per Timbit. Calculating it out, that many Timbits would weigh over 2,000 pounds. That’s half the weight of the average north American car! The Timbits definitely sound tastier though.

From this we can draw two conclusions.

One: Takeru Kobayashi might be some kind of demi-god.

Two: We have too many Timbits, come get some.

Kelsey Laviolette, Studio Engagement

Sources:

http://www.timhortons.com/ca/en/menu/nutrition-and-wellness.php
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eaORYCZ6FI
http://mentalfloss.com/article/70560/11-very-canadian-facts-about-tim-hortons
http://www.savingsguru.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/timbits.jpg
http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/uQi2hlm-XqW/Takeru+Kobayashi+Challenges+2011+Nathan+Famous
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timbits

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