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I discovered these last year when I moved to Australia to study abroad. They are a best-selling product over there. My housemates and I grew to love them and often invited friends over for what we called 'Tim Tam Tea Time'... where we took part in the famous 'Tim Tam Slam' What is a Tim Tam Slam I hear you cry? Hang on and i'll tell you in a minute ;)
Tim Tams are basically similar to Penguin biscuits, although slightly larger and I find them softer (maybe that's just cause of the weather in Australia?!) The taste is different to Penguins, maybe slightly more milky and slightly less chocolately would be an adequate description.
They come in packs of 11 though in Australia you can buy them in bigger packs and different varieties. Here I have only seen the original kind in Sainsburies.
They have around 100cals and 5g of fat in each biscuit. For that reason, be careful because they are very moreish.
THE BEST way to eat them is to do the Tim Tam Slam. You can find videos of this on YouTube if you want to check it out. What you do is bite a *small* piece from one corner of the biscuit and then another small piece from the diagonal end. You then dip this into a hot drink - tea, coffee or even hot chocolate if you want a really chocolatey experience. Holding it with both hands, lean in and suck at one end as if it were a straw. Suck hard till the drink comes through, and then the inside of the biscuit melts, which you then have to eat before it falls apart. It's very messy but fun and extremely tasty! Great for a laugh with a group of friends 'cause there's always someone that gets chocolate all over them....When you first suggest this to people they look at you like you are mad, suck a drink..? Through a biscuit?? However after they have tried it they will know exactly why you suggested it, deliciouuus!!
Get yourself a pack of these and try a bit of the crazy Australian culture today ;)
These are like the Australian penguin biscuits or at least thats the only thing I can compare them too however there is a subtle difference which I will come too in a bit.
The ones I got were on offer at Tesco a while ago now, they were the 200g pack and I think it was 2 for £2.00 which is a fantastic deal as I have seen them since for over £2.00 a pack. I know you can order them online via specialist shops but honestly don't know if they are in all Tesco stores or just in the one I went to or what.
As I said they are very similar to penguin biscuits but I think the chocolate is somewht denser in flavour, more cocoa I suspect. Apart from that they could be a like for like thing even down to the creamy chocolate filling.
As far as eating them goes you are supposed to bite a small corner of each end of the biscuit, dunk the biscuit into a quite warm (not hot is doesn't work- believe me!) cup of tea or coffee and drink the beverage through the biscuit then you get a mouth full of chocolate and tea yum!
Arnott's Tim Tam's. Well, these are Australian biscuits which I don't think you come across very easily in the UK. You can order them off Australian websites and get them sent over here but this costs a fortune!! Think some shops in London may sell them aswell.
But to be honest, do you really want to waste your money on these? I tried these when I was in Australia and found they tasted exactly the same as our McVities Penguins! I didn't understand what the fascination was with them as Penguin's aren't really the nicest biscuit in the world that you have ever tasted, are they??
So if you're Australian and craving these biscuits, try Penguin's, they're just the same and probably a lot cheaper!! And if you're English and want to try them, I don't really think it is worth the hastle!
Arnott's do make some nice biscuits, but Tim Tam's in my opinion are nothing special.
Tim Tam biscuits are lovely chocolate bars/biscuits and fast becoming my favourite biscuit of all time. They are Australian biscuits and they do not really stock them in this country apart from a few specialty shops in London I believe and maybe also Tesco's.
The Australian company that produces them is called Arnott's. Tim Tam biscuits Were first sold in 1964. The history around their beginning is quite interesting. Apparently, they were named after a horse that won the Kentucky Derby in 1958. A member of the Arnott family, Ross Arnott, attended the race day and decided 'Tim Tam' was the perfect name for his new biscuit. According to their website ,"the chocolate used to make Tim Tam biscuits has been specially developed by Arnott's to give a slightly caramel taste. The cream flavour is a delicate mixture of vanilla, butter and chocolate that complements the biscuit base and the chocolate. It's this unique cream which sets Tim Tam apart from any other chocolate biscuit."
I have a colleague in Australia who comes over for work every year and he brings me a box to thank me for helping him while he is in London, ahh, I look forward to those trips.
Tim Tams are quite like the English penguin bisuit, same shape and make up, chocolate covered with a chocolate cream filling layer in the middle of two chocolate biscuits. They come in different flavours as well such as Black Forest Fantasy, Tim Tam chewy caramel and Tim Tam Classic dark to name but a few.
Here's a fun tip for eating them that I learnt whilst I was in Australia - bite the top and the bottom off the biscuit and then dunk it into a hot cup of tea/coffee. Sip the tea/coffee through the biscuit and you get a mouthful of lovely melted choclate, the perfect way to eat one!