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The Tim Tam Slam


Tim Tam Slam

Tim Tam Slam

S. Wongkaew

It goes by many names: the Tim Tam Slam, the Tim Tam Bomb, the Tim Tam Suck, the Tim Tam Explosion.

Whatever you decide call it, your coffee break will never be the same.

Tim Tams are the creation of Arnott’s -- an Australian biscuit (cookie) company now substantially owned by Campbell’s Soup Company.

The biscuit (remember, we call ‘cookies’ biscuits) is a delightful construction of a chocolate biscuit with a chocolate cream center all of which is then covered in chocolate.

The Tim Tam Slam is an Australian coffee break ritual.

The method is simple:

  1. First, have your hot coffee/ tea/ chocolate ready in front of you.
  2. Then bite off each end of the Tim Tam.
  3. Next, place one bitten end of the Tim Tam in your mouth and dip the other bitten end in the hot drink.
  4. Now suck. Use the Tim Tam as a straw. As the hot drink is pulled through the biscuit, the structure of the biscuit and cream collapses.
  5. Once you sense the drink on your tongue, pop the whole Tim Tam in your mouth before it explodes!

This was the invention of bored or creative Australians playing with their food. It was, though, gratefully adopted by Arnott’s in their advertising campaigns. I have no idea why Arnott’s chose the name "Tim Tam Suck" over the other two. To me, "Tim Tam Suck" sounds like the title of a complaint letter than a sensual assault-by-chocolate.

The only complaint they are ever likely to hear is that there are only 11 biscuits per packet. It’s just mean. Eleven is a prime number. Someone is always going to be short a Tim Tam. That’s why when I go Tim Tam shopping, I always get two.

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