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Tim Tam Slams

So the Tim Tam Slam will get it's own thread. For those of you who don't know, Tim Tams are tasty little cookies from Australia - chocolate cream between two malt cookies, coated in chocolate. They also come in the following flavors, although most are not available in Canada or the US):
* Tim Tam Caramel
* Tim Tam Dark Chocolate
* Tim Tam Double Coat
* Tim Tam Original Finger
* Tim Tam Crush Honeycomb
* Tim Tam Crush Mint Crisp
* Tim Tam Crush Cookies & Cream
* Tim Tam Sweet Surrender Choc Hazelnut Flavoured Mousse
* Tim Tam Sweet Surrender Black Forest Delight
* Tim Tam Sweet Surrender Creme Caramel

Now, the crucial step...

IMPORTANT!!! The Slam:
Prepare hot beverage of choice (black coffee for me, but I hear tea is quite nice too),.. bite a bite off one corner, then a bite off the opposing corner... dip one end into hot beverage and use the cookie as a straw, sucking until the liquid reaches your mouth. Now, you have to be quick... pop the entire melting delight into your mouth, close your eyes and enjoy. One of the greatest pleasures.

There are many videos out there demonstrating the technique. Google it and see people in action

I have tried the Originals, Dark Chocolate and Caramel, which can be found locally in Montreal. A friend of a friend, who lives in Australia, brought a pack of Sweet Surrender Creme Caramel and I had those too. My favorites are still the Originals. I find the caramel gets in the way of the melted consistency.

Pepperidge Farms recently brought Tim Tams to the US in October. A Bostonian friend thinks there may be some variation between those and the ones he tried here in Canada which were imported directly from the original makers - Arnotts.

What is your opinion? What flavors have you tried? I am dying to try the Mint Crisp & Chocolate Hazlenut.

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  1. Andria, THANKS for kicking this off! This week, my mom tried it with tea. Here is my mom doing a Tim Tam Slam--and her 15 minutes of fame or shame!:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwcPVa...

    In her own words, "Wonderful!"

    BTW, my first trial was less perfect than Janey's. I think I needed to bite more of off each end, thus I kinda hosed it.

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    1. re: kattyeyes

      Ahh! That was too funny. So, why didn't anyone tape you?

      Your mom bites off much more than I do... I try to keep as much cookie as possible and thus only bite off opposing corners.

      I will have to ask my Boston friend to bring some American Tim Tams up for the holidays so we can do a taste-test.

      1. re: Andria

        HA HA HA! Well, my first slam was a failure, so the video of me was just me cracking up and making a face because I couldn't make it work.

        I wonder if it's because our Tim Tams are caramel and they're harder to get going with just the opposing corners bitten off. I tried that the first time and tried in vain to suck my espresso through and it just would not go...thus the bigger bite my mom took in the video.

        I wish we could do the American vs. original taste test, too--not to mention checking out some of the different flavors. I've only seen chocolate (original) and caramel so far.

        1. re: kattyeyes

          Yeah, the caramel is the problem here. It just doesn't melt right. That is why the originals are still my favorites. Try them nest time & let me know.

          1. re: kattyeyes

            kattyeyes, I was 'exploring' here on GT and found this thread - where did you find the Tim Tams locally? (I think you're a state below me <g>). In a particular supermarket?

            1. re: LindaWhit

              Yes, Stop & Shop...and Target has some sort of exclusive partnership with them, too. Happy shopping!

              1. re: kattyeyes

                Excellent. Hmmm, I was in Target on Saturday; didn't think to check. But perhaps on the way home... :-)

                Thanks!

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  I've bought them several times at the Target in Watertown, and I've also seen them at Hong Kong Market in Allston.

                  I can report from personal experience that the caramel ones just don't work for the Tim Tim Slam.

                  I'd been wanting to try this for ages before PFarm started carrying them in the US. Years ago, the Australian pop singer Natalie Imbruglia did the Tim Tam Slam on a UK chat show hosted by Graham Norton, and it looked like fun! Which it is.

                  1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                    So caramel Tim Tams are the only ones available here in the U.S. (unless ordered from one of the Aussie sites)?

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      Nope, see here:
                      "In addition to the Chocolate Crème and Caramel flavors you’ve grown to love, Pepperidge Farm is thrilled to bring you new Classic Dark Tim Tam™ cookies...find Chocolate Crème and Caramel Tim Tam cookies in stores across the country, and look out for scrumptious Classic Dark exclusively at Target stores. "
                      Full text here:
                      http://www.ilovetimtamcookies.com/Dis...
                      Happy shopping!

      2. WOW we only have the original and caramel in Canada. I WANT TO TRY THE OTHERS!

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        1. re: Evilbanana11

          We also have the dark chocolate dark chocolate in Montreal...

            1. re: Evilbanana11

              I picked them up during the summer at the new IGA on St. Jean (near Pharmaprix), down that new street behind Zellers, etc. I am usually a dark chocolate lover, but I wasn't crazy about these... the texture seemed different than the originals - more crumbly... maybe a bad batch?

        2. Last year I GENTLY heated up some Baileys, but when I went to do my Slam I breathed in so much steaming alcohol that I burst into a coughing fit, knocked over the Baileys and dropped my Tim Tam! I learned a valuable lesson- don't breathe in while Slamming liquor!

          1. I almost jumped for joy when I saw this thread heading!! Tim Tams are one of my favorite comestibles ever made.

            Pepperidge Farm Tim Tams are inferior to the real thing, IMO, as are the "Arnott's Originals" as they are called at World Market in the US. I've also had the ones made for the Asian market -- they were the first I tried when I was living in Hong Kong many moons ago -- and they are equally delicious when compared to TTs made for the Australian market.

            My preferred TT Slam method:

            1. Obtain very strong, very hot black coffee.
            2. Add cream if you choose but DO NOT sweeten!
            3. Add a large splash of whisk(e)y or brandy.
            4. Proceed with the slam as described above.

            I've had a few flavored varieties as well as the double-dipped ones, which are good for slamming because they tend to disintegrate more gradually. I've never had the "cordial" varieties. However, the dark chocolate is still my favorite. I'm not a fan of how sweet and waxy most "coating" chocolate is, so I prefer the dark because it seems to be far less sweet and waxy than the milk chocolate Arnott's uses.

            I've turned a group of friends on to Tim Tams and the TTS. It's really kind of an "ultimate" experience, isn't it?

            Oh, and regarding methods, I agree that nibbling off the corners only is the way to go, unless you have a very broad, shallow cup! :)

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            1. re: LauraGrace

              Interesting. How are the ones for the Asian market labeled/branded? Maybe I can find them at the Asian grocery store. I am now officially ISO the dark variety of Tim Tams.

              jetgirly, that is hysterical! Reminds me of a time I accidentally inhaled powdered sugar off the top of a shortbread and choked all over the store trying to regain my composure. Very classy. ;)

              1. re: kattyeyes

                The Asian market ones look just like ordinary TTs except they have a sticker or some wording on the back that says something like "manufactured for distribution in Asia, not for sale in Australia".

                There are also online Australian products distributors that sell darc chocolate TTs and other Aussie delights -- aussieproducts.com, simplyoz.com, australian-products.com. Their prices are quite reasonable and shipping is too.

                1. re: LauraGrace

                  Great info. Thanks kindly. And here's lookin' at ya on your next TTS! :)

            2. I got hooked on Tim Tams during a winter in Australia and have missed them greatly.

              Do these really measure up to the ones Down Under?

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              1. re: thinks too much

                I had both the Australian originals and the originals shipped to Canada... I'd say equally as good... I am not sure about those US ones though, but will be taste-testing at Christmas.

                1. re: thinks too much

                  We compared them last Christmas, the ones I imported from Aussie Imports, to the ones I bought from Target (had I known Target was carrying them, I wouldn't have ordered them), and they seemed identical......

                  Now if I could just find 'Lemon Lift' in the US.

                  1. re: jeanmarieok

                    I bought a pack of them at my local Target and ate one, directly followed by another. The Pepperidge Farrm brand- and the cookies were pretty thick. I can't imagine them melting so fast that you would have a need to slam them! I sort of had to hide the rest of the pack from myself- because there were not that many in there, and my husband has developed cookie radar lately...