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Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|TIM TAM MESS(AGE)|
Lizzie age over 30
Paul age over 40
Chloe age 13 and 2 days
Elise age 8
First of all I have to say that following my family's TIM TAM SLAM taste test, the following guidelines should be made widely available to other folk -
1 Tea must be very hot - any cooler and the results are not reliable.
2 Make sure that you bite off diagonal corners - failure to bite off the correct bits will leave the taster in a state of unenlightenment.
3 Suck tea vigorously and noisily through the biscuit, only practice tells you the right time to stop, although any longer than three seconds will almost certainly cause the biscuit to implode into a chocolatey mess.
4 Under nines should only carry out a TIM TAM SLAM test under the supervision of an adult due to the difficulty in removing chocolate stains from clothes and carpets.
Nevertheless. fun was had by all, the Tim Tams were excellent and no creatures including penguins were injured or harmed in any way during the test proceedures.
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
Just in case this has slipped your biscuit intelligence network I will outline the shocking story of the Tim Tam scandal. As you were no doubt told at the Australian High Commission, Tim Tams have been an Australian Icon since at least the 70's - well that's how long I can remember them anyway.
Arnott's had been an Australian company since its creation many moons ago but has been purchased by some American company fairly recently (I can't tell you the exact date as I spent the last decade in London and I'm too lazy to look it up on the Internet). Upon the change in ownership, it was widely rumoured that the quality of Tim Tams had been reduced, less chocolate (opening the market for 'double dipped' which according to one of my sources is merely returning to the standard of yesteryear) and a change in the packaging to reduce the number of biscuits in a packet. To be fair, this may be down to the 'Wagon Wheels Shrinkage' effect mentioned in your site.
The rumblings of disappointment appeared as an opportunity to one Dick Smith, baron of electrical components, round-the-world solo helicopter pilot and the person responsible for establishing the Australian Geographic magazine, purveyor of cute marsupial photos and science-lite to school children. In effect, Australia's answer to Richard Branson.
Mr Smith has established a brand of food products that maintain Australian ownership and manufacture, an admirable if embarrassingly jingoistic enterprise (lots of Australian flags on the products and 'Aussie' mentioned a bit too much). To tap in to the groundswell of discontent about the Tim Tam scandal (rumoured) he released a biscuit going by the name of Tem Tins. Arnott's, being owned by a good American company, sued for the obvious play on the Tim Tam name and after a widely reported but basically boring court case Dick has won. By the way, in the opinion of many including myself, Tem Tins are a poor substitute for even the reportedly inferior modern variety of Tim Tams.
So it appears that Tim Tams may have been released in the UK as Arnott's is panicked about the seditious feeling in the homeland of the biscuit. Of course, ex-pat Australians such as myself (when I lived in the UK) performed guerrilla marketing for Arnott's - so the job has been already started, in a way.
I realise that NiceCupOfTeaAndaSitDown by temperament tends to avoid controversy but sometimes the issues are just too big to ignore.
|Nicey replies: Yes we had our supply of Tem-p-tins turn up a couple of weeks ago, from Simon Smith our trusty biscuit man in the Antipodes. Clearly they aren't as good as the biscuit they are so clearly imitating, I don't think I even finished the pack which are languishing in Biscuit Enthusiast Mandy's fridge.
Thanks for balanced that round up of the episode. As for Tim Tams appearing in the UK that is all to do with Tescos seeking them out, to add some world class and to 'our' eyes, exotic biscuits to their range.
Custard Cream Review
|I am a big fan of the custard cream and specifically the dunking of them. Because of this I have a word of warning for those travelling abroad trying to find a biscuit of equal standard as those in the UK. A recent excursion to Australia found me trying several different brands of custard cream and none matched the texture to even the bargain brands in the UK. I discovered round versions and ones with different patterns and they all seemed to be slightly harder. This made dunking a more tedious process and several seconds were lost resulting in less dunked biscuits before the tea or coffee gets cold. I endured a year in this country under these conditions and it was only the beautiful scenery, relaxed way of life and incredibly friendly people that helped me through these torturous times. Keep up the good work|
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|Where are they? I sent me mum down Tescos to get some and they didn't have any! (Not an easy feat as she's 5000m away from me) So where are they.|
|Nicey replies: Their location amongst the biscuits can vary wildly. However we have been informed that the official Tesco policy is to put them next to the Cadburys fingers.
I'm a bit lost with the 5000m thing to your mother. Still never mind.
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|As a Pom living in sunny Perth in WA, I was very interested to see your article about Tim Tams being launched in the UK. Here in Oz, we are surrounded by Arnotts biccies. In fact the supermarkets sell extremely limited ranges of any other brand. It's a bit like the old Ford car really. You can have any sort of biscuit as long as it is made by Arnotts and is preferably a Tim Tam !! As most expat Brits will tell you, English chocolate is infinitely superior to the Australian attempt at this wonderful concoction so this will no doubt tell you what we think of the majority of Tim Tam biscuits. However, they do have some nice ideas about flavours - the chewy caramel being one of my husband's favourites. Also my 9 year old daughter loves the choc coated tiny teddies. Me-? I would love a real Highland shortbread biscuit. Arnotts just can't seem to get the recipe right. Also Sainsburys used to do a wonderful choc chip shortbread round. There is nothing to compare to that here at all.|
I found out about your site from this weeks edition of the UK Mail published here every Tuesday and I will definitely be making regular visits.
What is it with Kimberley Biscuits. All our Irish friends here put them at the top of the shopping list for anyone visiting the Emerald Isle. In fact, one dare not return to the bosom of you friends here unless armed with copious packets from your suitcase. One of these days I may get to try one as they are jealously guarded and rarely shared with anyone else!
|Nicey replies: Well to us in the UK the Tim Tam is an exotic treat. As for the Kimberley thats all very standard stuff with the Irish, they love them, where as the rest of the world is generally left wondering what the fuss is about.|