If you don’t know what a Tim Tam is, you’ll have to ask a resident Aussie or come over and buy some. There’s nothing like them in the world. I can soothe my conscience too because the double dipped chocolaty goodness comes from the MS chocolate guy who put a few in the little charity chocky bin on reception. . . conscience-free chocolate. No wonder I’m feeling less aggressive and more pensive today.
This legendary biscuit is, or so I’m told, a little bit like a UK Penguin Bar but was named by the Australian Arnotts biscuit magnate in honour of a Kentucky Derby Winner.
In recent years, Arnotts have developed variations of Tim Tams including Chewy Caramel, Mocha, Double Coat (in milk and dark chocolate), Chilli Chocolate (fanfuckintastic!), Classic Dark Chocolate, Black Forest Fantasy, Creamy truffle Temptation, Choc Orange and the latest with a pink chocolate and strawberry centre with sales proceeds supporting Breast Cancer Research - what better reason to eat chocolate biscuits? "I'm sorry Officer . . . I did it for Charity!"
And seriously folks, there's only one way to eat these and that's with the Tim Tam Slam. It's messy but ultimately satisfying.
The Tim Tam Slam, also known as the Tim Tam Suck, Tim Tam Explosion, Tim Tam Orgasm, Tim Tam Straw, Shot-gunning a Tim Tam, Tim Tam Party, or just plain Tim Tamming involves biting off opposing corners of the Tim Tam and then using it as a 'straw' to suck up a hot beverage (usually tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milo or liquor such as irish cream or Dom Benedictine or even a nice sticky wine or Tokay).
Then, just before the biscuit falls apart, it is placed in the mouth. The thicker chocolate coating on the Double Coat Tim Tam offers a more stable exoskeleton to help ensure the biscuit does not collapse prematurely. The Chewy Caramel variety also has an advantage for performing the Tim Tam Slam since the caramel centre helps to hold the biscuit together for a slightly longer time. Although if you eat either of these you will go to Hell for your sin as these particular varieties are the work of the Devil. Nothing good and virtuous could ever taste like this!