Tim Hortons now offers Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroon

via Canada Newswire

Tim Hortons introduces its first menu item certified by the Canadian Celiac Association Gluten-Free Certification Program. The Tim Hortons Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroon is a delicious meringue-style cookie made with real coconut and drizzled with milk chocolate. It’s available in a pre-wrapped two-piece package at all Tim Hortons restaurants for $1.29. (CNW Group/Tim Hortons)”. 

macaroonFor the estimated one in 133 Canadians affected with celiac disease, grabbing a quick prepared snack when they’re on-the-go is not a simple task, as hidden sources of gluten in product ingredients are always top-of-mind. To help make that choice easier, Tim Hortons is now offering a new Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroon – the first menu item in a Canadian quick service restaurant to be certified gluten-free through the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) Gluten-Free Certification Program.

“We’ve made a commitment to our guests to provide balanced menu choices, and the new Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroon is an example of that,” says Donna Finelli, Vice President Marketing, Food and Merchandise, Tim Hortons. “Given the growing number of people who have celiac disease and gluten intolerance, we’re making it just a little bit easier for friends and families to enjoy eating together at our restaurants. And the new macaroon tastes fantastic, which makes it a great snacking option for everyone, not just those with gluten intolerance.”

The Tim Hortons Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroon is certified through the Canadian Celiac Association Gluten-Free Certification Program, Canada’s only voluntary certification program designed for manufacturers of gluten-free products. The CCA’s Gluten-Free Certification Program trademark assures Canadians with celiac disease and gluten intolerance that products are safe to consume.

“Living gluten-free can be challenging, especially when it comes to dining out,” says Peter Taylor, Executive Director, Canadian Celiac Association. “The new Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroon is a clear example of Tim Hortons’ leadership in the quick service restaurant industry for offering a high quality, high value product to a growing segment of the population.”

The new Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroon is a meringue-style cookie made with real coconut and drizzled with milk chocolate, and is sold in a pre-wrapped two-piece package to avoid cross-contamination. It’s available at Tim Hortons restaurants across Canada for $1.29.

About the Gluten-Free Certification Program 
The Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) is a voluntary certification program designed to help brand owners differentiate their gluten-free products from the increasing clutter of gluten-free claims, by displaying the GFCP trademark. Based on a robust third-party audit certification process at the manufacturing facility, the GFCP verifies their ability to regularly meet stringent requirements when managing gluten as part of their food safety programs.

The GFCP is endorsed by the Canadian Celiac Association and was developed so consumers can shop with confidence by selecting safe, reliable and gluten-free products displaying the GFCP trademark.


  • Coconut
  • Icing sugar
  • Frozen egg whites (egg whites, sodium citrate, thriethly citrate, guar gum)
  • Water
  • Chocolately drizzle (icing sugar, water, sugar, cocoa, corn syrup)
  • Canola oil
  • Palm Oil
  • Caramel colour
  • Vanilla extract
  • Natural flavour
  • Almond flavour

Nutritional Info (per package):

  • Calories – 250
  • Fats – 14g
  • Sodium – 25mg
  • Carbohydrates – 30g
  • Fiber – 4g
  • Sugar – 25g
  • Protein – 3g

Editor’s Note:

We’ve had a few unsolicited reviews since the macaroons were released:

  1. One of my daughters is a step ahead of us – she actually tried the product with the following reaction:  NEGATIVE – so, save your money and tell Hortons their effort is appreciated but the have failed – back to the drawing board.
  2. The coconut macaroons come in a package with a due date. Taste like sh*t – full of sugar and preservatives.
  3. We picked them up today and we all had a look and try. Blech. I am with you. Yawn and yuck.
  4. Let us bring out the band and have a parade – mighty Tim Hortons labours for years and produces a gluten free coconut Macaroon – their first gluten free menu item. Pretty weak stuff and we are customers of Timmy’s Nothing to get excited about if one is a celiac and for someone who hates coconut macaroons – yawn!

What are you thoughts on the new macaroons?  Use the comment form below.

Video: Gluten-Free Certification Program

By Paul D. Vader, Gluten-Free Certification Program

If you are Canadian and either suffer from celiac disease or are gluten sensitive, you need to view this video.

If you manufacture or are thinking of manufacturing gluten-free products, you need to view this video.

Gluten-Free Certification Program – Newsletter

Welcome to the first issue of the GFCP Newsletter where we will share the latest news and information regarding the program including recognized companies and their products, industry news, and upcoming events. 



New GFCP Website Launched

We have updated the look and content to www.glutenfreecertification.ca.  The new site has a significant amount of new information on the program including industry resources and tools to outlining the benefits of partnering with the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA) and their Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP).

Check-out some of the new content here:

Lay’s Potato Chips Officially Certified as GLUTEN FREE with Same Great Taste!

The Lay’s brand is thrilled to announce that many of its potato chips have now been officially certified gluten free through the Canadian Celiac Association. The claim Gluten Free can be found on the back of Lay’s packaging which means that the production of these potato chips meets the requirements of the Canadian Celiac Association’s ‘Gluten-Free Certification Program’. Lay’s potato chips are the first product to be certified by this program.

“At PepsiCo Canada, listening to and understanding the needs of our consumers is a top priority for our brands given the increased level of awareness of the ingredients in the foods we eat,” said Lori Alexander, manager of nutrition science and regulatory affairs, PepsiCo Canada. “We are so excited to have obtained official recognition for the Lay’s brand through the Canadian Celiac Association’s ‘Gluten-Free Certification Program’ so that Canadians can continue to enjoy their favourite potato chips without hesitation.”

Read complete article here

Photo by Gerry Thomas / Courtesy Calgary Flames Hockey Club

NHL veteran Tom Kostopoulos signs free-agent deal with the CAA and the GFCP to act as official spokesperson!  

Tom, a 10 year veteran of the NHL, has suffered from gluten sensitivitiy for most of his life and aims to share his experiences growing up with the disability.  By acting as the spokesperson for the CCA and GFCP Tom hopes to help children and young adults overcome the challenges of dealing with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.

Keep an eye for Tom at upcoming events and in promotional materials.

Gluten Free Certification Program Webinar

GFCP Overview Webinar September 25, 2012

Join SAI Global, the Canadian Celiac Association and the Allergen Control Group Inc. for this complimentary webinar providing an overview of the Gluten-Free Certification Program.  Topics covered during the webinar will include:

  • Why the CCA developed the GFCP
  • Overview of the GFCP Requirements
  • The Certification Process
  • GFCP Training Opportunities
  • Questions and Answers

Attendees will receive a 10% discount on their GFCP application.

Click Here to Register