Each Tim Hortons Double Double coffee contains two shots of sugar and two of cream. A Tim Hortons Double Double's calorie count can vary, based on the size of the coffee you order and any modifications you make, such as using milk instead of cream or skipping the sugar.
What's a Double Double?
Tim Hortons is a cafe, bakery and coffee shop that originated in Canada. It became famous for its Double Double, which is a coffee with two sugars and two creams added. However, "two" is a relative amount and varies based on the size of coffee ordered.
Though coffee may be good for your health overall, at least according to a November 2017 study published by the British Medical Journal, add-ins like cream, sugar or other flavors are not. They can add unwanted calories and fats that may be harmful to your health.
A Double Double's calories vary based on the size of the coffee you order and options you select when ordering. Tim Hortons offers four sizes, ranging from small to extra-large.
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According to Tim Hortons, a small Double Double using the original blend coffee contains 140 calories, with 74 of those calories coming from fat. A small Double Double also contains 16 grams of sugar. An extra-large Double Double contains 318 calories, 174 of those from fat, as well as 30 grams of sugar.
There is no significant difference in a Double Double's calories count if you choose the original blend, dark roast, or decaffeinated varieties of coffee. The calorie count only varies based on the size of the coffee ordered. Sugar and cream amounts added are based on the size of the coffee and are not a standard, one-size-fits-all serving across the Double Double size spectrum.
Tim Hortons Other Options
According to Tim Hortons, the small, original blend coffee starts at just 5 calories. However, adding cream and sugar boosts the calorie count to 75, with 37 calories coming from fat. If you opt for just cream, the calorie count drops to 47, with 37 coming from fat and only 1 gram of added sugar.
If you choose just sugar, you will get 33 calories with 7 grams of sugar. Choosing just milk will give you 25 calories, with 7 coming from fat and 2 grams of sugar. If you choose cream, milk and sugar, your drink will provide 95 calories, with 45 coming from fat, as well as 10 grams of sugar.
By comparison, Tim Hortons' extra-large, original blend coffee also has about 5 calories with no milk, cream, or sugar added. However, if you do add cream and sugar, the extra-large coffee will contain 164 calories, with 87 coming from fat, as well as 18 grams of sugar. If you add just cream, you'll end up consuming 105 calories, with 87 coming from fat, as well as 3 grams of sugar.
If you order just sugar, you will get 64 calories and 15 grams of sugar. If you take just milk in your coffee, you'll end up with 53 calories, with 17 coming from fat, alongside 5 grams of sugar. With milk and sugar, you end up with 112 calories, 17 coming from fat and 20 grams of sugar. With cream, milk and sugar combined, your extra-large coffee will contain 212 calories, with 104 coming from fat and 23 grams of sugar.
Choosing more sugar or cream will add additional calories and fat. However, Tim Hortons offers customization options such as adding milk, adding soy milk, or adding Splenda, for those looking to limit their saturated fat or sugar intake.
According to Harvard Health Publishing, limiting your sugar consumption to less than 10 percent of your daily caloric intake can greatly decrease your chance of dying from heart disease. Skipping the sugar is beneficial for your overall health.
According to an April 2017 study published in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, saturated fat intake, such as that from the cream in Tim Hortons Double Doubles, does not increase your risk of heart disease. However, increasing the amount of unsaturated, fatty acids can help reduce the risk.
- Tim Hortons: "Original Blend Coffee"
- Harvard Health Publishing: "Eating Too Much Added Sugar Increases the Risk of Dying With Heart Disease"
- Tim Hortons: "Original Blend: Nutrition Information"
- Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism: "Saturated Fat Consumption and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease and Ischemic Stroke: A Science Update"
- British Medical Journal: "Coffee Consumption and Health: Umbrella Review of Meta-Analyses of Multiple Health Outcomes"