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How I Met Your Mother episode mocks Canada, inspires doughnut

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TORONTO -- A sitcom gag about the ubiquitous presence of Tim Hortons has inspired the company to create a suitably outlandish doughnut.

A recent episode of City's How I Met Your Mother featured a cameo by Canadian star Jason Priestley, who boasted of a confection he dubbed "The Priestley."

It's a Tim Hortons Timbit crammed into a strawberry-vanilla doughnut.

Tim Hortons has since taken to Twitter to praise the episode and reveal what such a concoction would look like.

The photo appears to show a chocolate Timbit inside a jam-filled vanilla doughnut with icing and sprinkles on top.

A spokesperson was not immediately available to comment, or reveal whether the treat would be added to the cafe's menu.

"We loved the idea of 'The Priestley' so much, we made a batch," the company says in a tweet and photo posted Tuesday afternoon.

"A Timbit IN a doughnut? Genius."

Monday's episode of How I Met Your Mother featured a cavalcade of Canadian stars including Luc Robitaille, Steven Page, k.d. lang, Geddy Lee, Alex Trebek, Alan Thicke and Paul Shaffer.

They pop up when recurring character Barney Stinson, played by Neil Patrick Harris, travels to Canada to learn more about his Canadian girlfriend Robin Scherbatsky, played by real-life Canuck actress Cobie Smulders.

He discovers a country obsessed with Tim Hortons doughnuts, as revealed by a faux documentary in which Priestley claims to have invented "The Priestley."

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 7, 2013 C16

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