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Cold Stone introduces first two Tim Hortons-inspired flavors.

The partnership between Cold Stone Creamery and Tim Hortons has led to the creation of two new ice cream flavors based on baked goods that have long been popular favorites at the Canada-based Hortons. Apple Fritter ice cream features sweet cream ice cream, mixed with chunks of real apples and cinnamon, is the first Tim Hortons-inspired ice cream flavor created by Cold Stone Creamery since the two chains joined forces in early 2009.

Apple Fritter was one of the original baked treats to be offered at Tim Hortons when the chain was founded back in 1964. It has consistently been ranked as its most popular donut in the years since. "We're bringing together two things we know Canadians love: ice cream and Apple Fritters," said Andrea Hughes, Cold Stone Creamery Canada's resident ice-cream expert. "Many of our guests choose Apple Fritter donuts and have them mixed into the ice cream when building their own custom Cold Stone Creamery creations. Introducing an all-new ice cream flavour dedicated to the beloved treat was a delicious and natural fit."

The second ice cream flavor to emerge from the co-branding effort is Tim Hortons Originals Bunny Cake, which was a best-seller for the chain in the 80s and 90s. It is being made available at the close to 100 Tim Hortons restaurants across Canada where Cold Stone ice cream is sold. The spring-time favorite, which features layers of sweet cream ice cream, yellow cake and frosting and is decorated with whiskers and two floppy ears, will be available from April 4 to April 25.

"We're excited the Bunny Cake is making a comeback through Cold Stone Creamery," said Hughes. "This cake was always a popular item at this time of year and we hope guests will embrace Cold Stone Creamery's ice cream version of this nostalgic treat."

Tim Hortons is the largest publicly-traded quick service restaurant chain in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Beside its premium coffee and trademark donuts and other fresh baked goods, the restaurants serve flavored cappuccinos, specialty teas, home-style soups, fresh sandwiches, wraps, and hot breakfast sandwiches. As of January 2011, Tim Hortons had 3,750 systemwide restaurants, including 3,148 in Canada and 602 in the United States.
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Date:Apr 20, 2011
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