People Are Upset About Tim Hortons' New Egg Sandwich. Here's Why

Breakfast at Tim Hortons is as Canadian as hockey and maple syrup, and its reach is far. According to Insider, the company has almost 5,000 locations, making it the largest restaurant chain in Canada (though its locations can be found in a variety of other countries, too). Known for coffee and breakfast, the chain has its own English muffin breakfast sandwich that reviewer Sophie-Claire Hoeller describes as, "...a solid breakfast sandwich — the cheese was thick and gooey, the bread toasted perfectly, and the egg soft and fluffy." And when you've got a solid hit, you shouldn't mess with perfection.

But, apparently no one told Tim Hortons this adage, because it recently updated its classic fast food sandwich — and Canadians are quite united in their disappointment.

The controversy stems from the omelet-like egg patty on the sandwich being replaced by what is described as a "fresh cracked" egg, as explained by a press release. Peeved Timmy's fan Sammy Wade is so upset that she started a petition to get the old egg back. The petition currently has over 2,400 signatures where she details the new egg as, "gross, rubbery, and stringy for some odd reason. It needs to be put down," (via Or as one signer says, "If it ain't broke — don't bloody fix it!!!!"

A sandwich that's not all it's cracked up to be

People don't just hate this egg change, they really hate it. Says another signer, "Gross.... Tastes horrible. Loved the old style breakfast sandwiches and used to have them 2-3 times a week. Off to Starbucks and McDonald's for breakfast from now on. Goodbye Tim Hortons!"

And if Timmy's fans are looking for a new home, McDonald's Canada has definitely been listening. The golden arches threw some serious shade when Tim Hortons announced its cracked egg menu update. Matching its competitor's Twitter profile, McDonald's changed its pic to a breakfast sandwich with cracked egg too and added an egg-emoji-filled caption, "Servin' up freshly cracked eggs since 1976," (via NarCity).

And if you think Tim Hortons has been oblivious this whole time, have some hope for change. The nearly universal dislike of this switch has been noted by management in a very Canadian fashion, which includes a link for a quick private message on the topic, "Our Tim Hortons breakfast sandwiches and wraps are now made with freshly cracked, 100% Canadian eggs. If you are dissatisfied with the change, we do apologize, please send us your contact details, as well as the location, and we will share your feedback with the restaurant," (via Twitter).

And while most people are unhappy, know that at least one person enjoys the new experience commenting, "I love the new Eggs! I love the texture and the flavour they actually taste like eggs now."