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Arnott’s Tim Tams are definitely a favorite favourite in Australia, with one in every two households containing a packet of these cookies biscuits. In other words, if you visit an Aussie in their home and they serve you tea, mention the Tim Tam and there’s a 50% chance you’ll get one on the spot… That is, unless they’re greedy about their Tim Tams, in which case you will just have to buy some for yourself at the local Coles or Woolworths {“Woolies”}.

Coated in chocolate, Tim Tams are two layers of malted chocolate biscuit, filled with a creamy chocolate filling.

A few varieties available in Australia:

· Tim Tam Original
Tim Tam Classic Dark
Tim Tam Chewy Caramel
Tim Tam White
Tim Tam Double Coat

They are found outside of Australia nowadays in countries like Canada, the United States and a few other nations, but Tim Tams originally began in Australia in 1964. According to Wikipedia:

“They were named by Ross Arnott, who attended the 1958 Kentucky Derby and decided that the name of the winning horse Tim Tam was perfect for a planned new line of biscuits. The new biscuit was based on the existing New Zealand Penguin biscuit.”

Aussies seem to love pushing the addictive treats on others as well! Hugh Jackman once visited Oprah with Nicole Kidman to promote the Baz Luhrmann movie “Australia,” and Hugh made sure to sneak some of the irresistible treats over to Oprah {read more here}.

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Prepping the Tim Tam...

Tim Tam Slam:

Whether you call it the Tim Tam Straw, the Tim Tam Bomb or the Tim Tam Explosion, you’ve got to try this!

Within 3 months of being in Australia, my friend Evan showed me how to do the Tim Tam Slam because it is, after all, some rite of passage here Down Under.

With a hot beverage, such as a cup of coffee or, as many Aussies have suggested to me, Milo, what you do is take your Tim Tam cookie biscuit and bite off at both ends diagonally, like seen in the photos here on the right.

Now, using the Tim Tam like a straw in your hot beverage, sip through the top half of the Tim Tam and then, once the biscuit is saturated, quickly turn it upside down and eat it. It will melt in your mouth!

Here’s a great video showing how it’s done:

And watch Natalie Imbruglia show Graham Norton how it’s done:

And, just in case you need more, here is a great article for beginners on how to do the Tim Tam Slam.

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