A Tim Tam is a sandwich cookie—of wafer with layers of chocolate malted biscuit, chocolate cream filling, and a thin coat of chocolate on the outside—originating from Australia. To “Tim Tam Slam” is to briefly use the cookie like a straw, while drinking coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, and then it is consumed with a degree of urgency…or you’ll end-up wearing it!
I should know. I was just recently introduced to this delightful wafer cookie, and just missed making a mess of myself. But my sister, Victoria, was not so lucky. The cookie dropped into her cup of tea, as we watched the sugary confection dissolve between her fingers, splashing tea upon her face. I rather enjoyed watching that!
How to enjoy the “Tim Tam” straw: First you bite off a small bite from both ends of the Tim Tam, then, while holding the cookie firmly between thumb and index and middle finger, you submerge the other end into your hot beverage of choice, and quickly drink, sucking through the biscuit. The biscuit softens from the center and the outer chocolate coating begins to melt. Basically, the inside of the biscuit will collapse while the outside should (hopefully) remain intact, just long enough for the beverage to reach inside your mouth.
The Tim Tam was the creation of Mr. Ian Norris, who then worked as food technology director of Arnott’s Biscuits, the cookies manufacturer. But they can now be purchased in the United Stated. “Tim Tam, Classic White” was introduced through Pepperidge Farm and is selling in Target stores.
So, do you dare to Tim Tam Slam?