Saturday, October 30, 2004
How to Eat A Tim Tam
A Tim Tam is a delicious cookie ("biccie" in Oz slang) made by Arnott's of Australia that is chocolate, or some other, cream between two chocolate wafer layers, all covered with milk or dark chocolate. There are some variations - Tia Maria filling, double coating, and the like.
But the true genius of the Tim Tam is its ability to be used as a delicious if somewhat limited use straw. This practice is known throughout Australia as the "Tim Tam Slam". I was lucky enough to get both some Tim Tams and some instruction from an Aussie at a recent social outing, so as a public service towards better International Understanding, I would like to present a pictoral guide towards enjoyment of this fine biscuit, which deserves to be far more widely known in this country.
If you do not have a merchant of Australian products nearby, or an Aussie friend to bring you some, the nice people at Aussie Products in San Jose, California, would be happy to mail order some to you without Customs hassles. They're on the "Arnott's Sweet Biscuits" page. (Try the Kahlua Slice, too, they're very good.)
The Tim Tam Slam
1. Prepare a suitable hot beverage. Coffee is mighty tasty with this, although many Aussies favor tea.
2. Take the Tim Tam and daintily nibble off two opposite corners of the rectangle.
3. Holding the Tim Tam firmly with your thumb and forefinger, place one of the nibbled-off corners in your mouth. Alex, the Aussie, gets ready here:
4. Submerge the other nibbled-off corner in your drink and suck for all you're worth.
5. When you get the liquid "hit" off the Tim Tam, pop the biccie in your mouth, and eat it. Do not be tempted to keep sucking, as the wafer will disintegrate into Tim Tam Sludge very shortly. It's much better if you can actually eat it.
Here are photos of me (laughing myself silly as I was being exhorted by the entire table ... you can guess how) and some pals enjoying the Tim Tam Slam at a recent dinner:
Thanks to JB for the pix of me, Dan, and Kelly.
The nibbled off bits should be kept small as the suck is more powerful then ;) Also, refrigerating the Tim Tams prior to use allows longer sucking, and more thoroughly soaked biscuit without the fear of the chocolate coating disintegrating.
It seems like your technique, while much more efficient, might leave the opposite unbitten corners unsaturated. Please post a rebuttal.
And on the note of using a hot chocolate drink (my beverage of choice) I would advise against it. Eating real chocloate (ie on the biscuit) with chocolate milk of any sort makes it taste like plain milk. Just a little trick of our tastebuds. Always drink the chocolate drink before eating choclate.....
I am very partial to the limited edition raspberry ones too.
I'm a Aussie and I always use Milo for my tim tam slam!
Love the descriptions - very accurate! I don't know why we don't export the biscuits... same with kangaroo meat, of which we have way too much.
Anyway. Have a lovely day. Also it tastes wonderful with cold milk.
comparing pengins to tim tams is rather insulting as tim tams are MUCH more nicer!!
I have only found tim tams once and that was in tesco havent seen them for ages.
I miss tim tams!!!!!
i didnt even realise there arent tim tams in america! or even a substitute!
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What a great post! I didn't know what a tim tam was until I married a .25 mouri girl.
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