"Tim Tams -The Iconic Australian Chocolate Biscuit"
If you want to experience some true Aussie Tucker then you just have to try one of these biscuits
Ask any Aussie who is away from home what they miss most, you'll here the word tim tam a lot! This iconic chocolate biscuit, made by a company called Arnotts here in Australia, reminds me very much of a Penguin biscuit for anyone whose tried one of those in the UK.
You'll be able to get your hands on one of these beauties in any supermarket in Australia, namely Woolworths and Coles. You'll also find an array of flavours to choose from. You should get the original chocolate version but maybe try another version like the chewy caramel one.
Read on for more information about the history of the tim tam, how to do the tim tam slam and some interesting recipies in which you can use your tim tams!
History of the TimTam
The humble timtam first hit our shelves in 1964. It was based on the New Zealand Penguin biscuit and was so named by Ross Arnott.
It is said that he went to the 1958 Kentucky Derby and named his new biscuit line after the winning horse - tim tam.
Today Arnotts claim that 1 in every 2 households in Australia have a packet in their cupboard.
They make 35 million packs every year which equates to 400 million biscuits - I told you they were popular!
What's In A TimTam
A timtam is like two biscuits sandwiched together with a vanilla chocolate filling and then coated in an outer chocolate.
The chocolate has a distinct taste - a hint of caramel and the inside is a creamy vanilla flavour.
That said, there are now over 8 different varieties to choose from all with different centres or chocolate types including chewy caramel, double chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate.
The TimTam Slam
Have you ever enjoyed a chocolate biscuit with a hot cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate? Well, if you want to do it like the Aussie's do then you need a timtam.
First bite the top and tail off the biscuit and then proceed to suck your hot drink through the biscuit itself by submerging part of the biscuit in your hot drink.
The crisp centre begins to melt as does the outer chocolate. Personally, I've not had much success with this with the biscuit disintegrating before I get much of my drink! But the locals assure me its a delicacy and I should put my biscuits in the fridge first!
Recipes Using TimTams
There are heaps of ways to use your Aussie chocolate biscuit but here are a few of my favourites: Use them in your next cheesecake - use them for the base of your cake rather than plain biscuits. Just crush them up and mix with melted butter.Crushed with ice-cream and hot chocolate or fudge sauce - Any kind of ice-cream sundae just gets better with a few of these chocolate biscuits addedI!Try straight from the fridge - it is a different taste than when its at room temperature. They say that this is the best way to eat another of Arnott's treats - the Mint Slice (also worth trying!)If you have a good blender then try a milkshake by combining ice-cream, milk and timtams.Create your own special brownies by making a usual brownie mix but adding an extra layer of timtams (white ones work best) - a layer of brownie mix, a layer of the biscuits followed by a layer of brownie mix. Then bake in the ovenBaileys is another good combination - on ice-cream, in milkshakes or just as something to dip into your baileys!
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