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November 23, 2008 3:43 PM   Subscribe

It's a bickie, not a cookie. Named after the winner of the 1958 Kentucky Derby, it's Australia's equivalent to the iconic Oreo. How do they make them? How do you eat them? Tim Tams! They almost make up for the Vegemite.
posted by ninazer0 (73 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
To be a pedant, Tim Tams technically fall under the genus Chockie Bickie. A bickie has no chocolate coating.
posted by cheaily at 3:46 PM on November 23, 2008 [9 favorites]


Tim Tams are awesome. I was so excited to learn they've recently become available in Canada.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 3:47 PM on November 23, 2008


Hold on one cotton picking minute.

Vegemite is awesome. The problem is the yanks keep applying it an inch thick like they're spreading peanut butter on thick toast. Sure we put it on that thick because we've been eating it our entire lives but if you're not used to it you'll probably end up scarred for life if you put that much vegemite on a piece of bread and bite down.
posted by Talez at 3:48 PM on November 23, 2008


This dude has turned me off them forever.
posted by gman at 3:49 PM on November 23, 2008


Oh I see... a Penguin.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:58 PM on November 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


You're forgetting the special limited edition Vegemite TimTam, created to mark the anniversary of Prime Minister Harold Holt's historic meeting with the Chinese.

Of course, the Vegemite TimTam has its own particular kind of slam - it goes best with a nice hot mug of Bonox.
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:58 PM on November 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


Vegemite is awesome.

I think some of the problem is the vast number of Aussies who seem to think it's hi-larious to feed us 'yanks' Vegemite toast with it spread on like peanut butter. Despite that most of them insist they don't actually eat it that way. Which I don't understand, because if you want us to like the stuff, don't serve it in a way that makes people run away!

I'm American and I love the stuff in moderate amounts. But all my Aussie friends say they don't put it on thickly.) Wheat toast, butter, Vegemite. It's my breakfast about half the time (so long as I can get my hands on Vegemite, which is harder than it sounds sometimes)

I love Tim Tams, but the Tim Tam Slam just grosses me out. Soggy cookies are NOT made of win.
posted by FritoKAL at 4:01 PM on November 23, 2008


hmm, Wanna Tim Tam?
posted by netbros at 4:11 PM on November 23, 2008


It wasn't mentioned, but: They're available at Target in the States right now, for a limited time.
posted by Pronoiac at 4:13 PM on November 23, 2008


When I first introduced my partner to the Tim Tam Slam, she was dubious. Now that's the only way she'll eat Tim Tams. The way they disintegrate in your mouth, especially on a cold winters night... well, it's just awesome.

The double chock Tim Tams are great, by the way.
posted by Effigy2000 at 4:20 PM on November 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


As a kid, I used to deconstruct them by nibbling off the sides, removing the top and peeling the filling out. Vegemite rocks but needs equal parts butter.
posted by dabcad at 4:28 PM on November 23, 2008


I was first introduced to this in 1988, under the name Tim Tam Orgasm. I believe "slam" is some marketer's bowdlerisation.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 4:29 PM on November 23, 2008


Effigy2000: Double choc Tim Tams are indeed the greatest Tim Tam spin off ever made.

I find a nice variation of the Tim Tam Slam can be acheived with Earl Grey tea instead of coffee. It's the only way I eat them now.

...and btw I've tried an Oreo once, but they're not a patch on the Tim Tam.
posted by robotot at 4:30 PM on November 23, 2008


I quite like Iced Vo-Vos, and not just in honour of our Prime Minister. My guests won't eat them though. I probably should be feeding them vegemite.
posted by Coaticass at 4:36 PM on November 23, 2008


Vegemite-covered Tim Tam, please.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:38 PM on November 23, 2008


I had a lady come into my store this summer who asked me if we had any 'bikkies'.
It took a while to find out what she really wanted, too, since she assumed that everyone would know what a 'bikkie' was and kept repeating the word at me.

... And then there were all the people who came in asking if we had any 'Italians'. They were really thrown off when I told them that actually, most of the people working there were from the Czech Republic.
posted by dunkadunc at 4:39 PM on November 23, 2008


OMG! I just ate my first Tim Tam fewer than 10 minutes ago! I saw a video of a Tim Tam Slam (can't search for it--too excited) a week ago and found out they were on sale at Target and my wife came home with them and I tried them and they are yummy! The caramel ones are a little oddly textured but the "other" ones were great!
posted by DU at 4:44 PM on November 23, 2008


They have Tim Tams at Target? I know where I'm going shopping tomorrow. Tim Tams rule!
posted by gemmy at 4:51 PM on November 23, 2008


Re foods being called different stuff - when we first arrived in the UK we were at a restaurant and I asked for Squash. In Australia, Squash is a lemon softdrink, as in the lemon in a lemon, lime and bitters. The waiter looked at me weirdly, and asked what flavour. I said lemon (of course) and got served up what we would call Cordial.

A few days later we went to the supermarket to buy stuff, and asked where they kept the cordial. Only to be shown that they have elderflower and lime and that is it. Looking around we found the 'squash' section and it clicked.

(for Americans - think Kool-Aid for cordial/squash)

I no longer eat dairy, but when I did I was a bit partial to the traditional Tim-Tam. All of the modern abominations (chilli? caramel?) leave me cold, but I do miss real Tim-Tams.
posted by Megami at 4:55 PM on November 23, 2008


...and btw I've tried an Oreo once, but they're not a patch on the Tim Tam.


Try the Paul Newman sandwich cookies - they┬┤re a lot better.
posted by concrete at 5:04 PM on November 23, 2008


Soggy cookies are NOT made of win.

You're doing it wrong.

The middle bit is meant to melt into choco-coffee sludge, but the whole lot should be in your gob before the biscuit part becomes soggy.

posted by pompomtom at 5:07 PM on November 23, 2008


...and closing tags is for losers.
posted by pompomtom at 5:07 PM on November 23, 2008


While we're on the subject of Vegemite, I'd like to plug my favourite way of eating it: on raisin toast with lots of butter.

This isn't a joke, either - I got the suggestion from a Vegemite jar, tried it & never looked back - *YUM*!

(and on the subject of Prime Ministers, i'd bet my bottom dollar that John Howard never in his life had a TimTam slam)
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:15 PM on November 23, 2008


Ladies and gentlemen, behold THE GIANT TIM TAM. My husband created that monster for our Halloween party. Here he is cutting it in two. It used 1.2 kilos of chocolate. He's planning on submitting it to that Pimp My Snack website.

Of course, we only ate like 5% of it at the party. So I've had a 2-pound bag of chopped up Giant Tim Tam on my counter for the past month...
posted by web-goddess at 5:16 PM on November 23, 2008 [4 favorites]


How, pray tell, does one get a job in this room?
posted by Jimbob at 5:18 PM on November 23, 2008


Oh I see... a Penguin

The resemblance to a Penguin is superficial only. Tim Tams are less dense and have a lighter chocolate flavour - all the better to facilitate the Tim Tam Orgasm-o-slam. Also tim Tams travel in packs of 12 or more. I have not seen an individually wrapped Tim Tam.
posted by JustAsItSounds at 5:23 PM on November 23, 2008


Also tim Tams travel in packs of 12 or more.

Fool. Tim Tams, like all consumer products, are packaged in groups of prime numbers (in this case, 11), so they can never be fairly divided among any group of people.
posted by Jimbob at 5:28 PM on November 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


Marmite is better.

[NOT YEAST-IST]
posted by turgid dahlia at 5:33 PM on November 23, 2008


i do loves me some tim tams.
posted by rmd1023 at 5:38 PM on November 23, 2008


Jimbob - is the 11 bickie packet designed so that you're compelled to buy more than one?

Luckily, our beneficient supermarket chains have come to the rescue of us long-suffering consumers on that score. I'm talking about Coles & their latest great marketing scheme: discounts that apply only if you buy two or more of the item in question.

I don't know about anybody else, but I'm so thrilled at the concept of buying two loaves of bread at once that I've gone back to patronising my local Vietnamese bakery.

(and we all know how that sounds: "Hey, your bread is actually alright...have you ever considered adding a cup of sugar into the dough for each loaf?")

Also, web-goddess: your schnookums rocks! Yes, most definitely. Rocking.
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:46 PM on November 23, 2008


Marmite Promite is better.
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:52 PM on November 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


Good grief, web-goddess! The SIZE of that thing! I can't decide if it's dangerous, obscene or what I want for Christmas. (All three, actually)
posted by ninazer0 at 5:58 PM on November 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


While we're on the subject of Vegemite, I'd like to plug my favourite way of eating it: on raisin toast with lots of butter.

That sounds like too much goodness at once! I must try it as soon as I get home!
posted by crossoverman at 5:59 PM on November 23, 2008


Huh, so that's what happened to Charlie Brown.
posted by DU at 6:04 PM on November 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


I suspect most anyone who talks about shit about Vegemite has either never had it, or has simply eaten in incorrectly.
posted by Sir Mildred Pierce at 6:11 PM on November 23, 2008


My Mum sends me Tim Tams and vegemite every christmas. I can't wait.
posted by gaspode at 6:25 PM on November 23, 2008


I was introduced to this as "Shotgunning a Tim Tam" - you couldn't pick a more appropriate name (except maybe the orgasm)

BTW, proper British Marmite tops Vegemite, but it's too expensive down here in NZ

Cricket and Rugby League, what will us Kiwis win next?
posted by bruzie at 6:34 PM on November 23, 2008


Marmite and Promite are vegemites sweetened bastard sons :) Calzone with cheese butter and vegemite = breakfast of champions. Also great in a crepe with butter and tomato.
posted by dabcad at 7:01 PM on November 23, 2008


I'm not sure if I'm just more aware of my favourite foods or what, but Tim Tams have been available in Canada for years and years, over a decade probably. Not to mention Vegemite and Marmite which has been available in .ca for at least 30 years.

Also, Mint Slices are an incarnation of Satan in cookie form.
posted by illiad at 7:04 PM on November 23, 2008


I have to ask - are Kingston buscuits an Australia only thing or widely available? They are better than Tim Tams, for sure (illiad, I never really liked Mint Slices but I have a boss who would kill you if you got between a plate of mint slices and myself. And kill you quickly so he got to the mint slices quickly.)

Also - is it true that the only way to get Cherry Ripes outside of Australia is by mail order? Again, I don't eat them anymore, just curious ...

In the UK we could buy vegemite at Asda.
posted by Megami at 7:13 PM on November 23, 2008


Cricket and Rugby League, what will us Kiwis win next?

idunno, i guess maybe one day the All Blacks might win the Rugby World Cup again. how long has it been now - 21 years?

and i hate to break it to you, but the men in brown lost the cricket the other day.
posted by UbuRoivas at 7:22 PM on November 23, 2008


Tim Tam vs Penguin - results inconclusive.
posted by awfurby at 7:47 PM on November 23, 2008


Tim Tams have been available in Canada for years and years

WHERE

I DEMAND YOU TELL ME

CONFESS OR THERE WILL BE BLOOD<>
posted by mightygodking at 7:52 PM on November 23, 2008


Ubu and ninazer0: Luckily I documented the entire creation, so once he submits it to the Snack Pimping site you'll be able to reproduce your own. :)
posted by web-goddess at 8:24 PM on November 23, 2008


hell yes. I lived in Adelaide for a year in 5th grade. I prefer to bite off opposite corners and use the cookie as milk-straw
posted by MNDZ at 8:31 PM on November 23, 2008


I haven't seen any Tim Tams while I was restocking the shelves in my local Target (pronounced Tarr-zhay), but then again I wasn't looking for them. I will be there again on Tuesday and will report back.
posted by yhbc at 8:32 PM on November 23, 2008


Please don't eat me mightygodking, I will reveal all to you.

Save-On Foods carries them, as does Safeway. Great Canadian Superstore carries several varieties of Tim Tam and occasionally Mint Slices.

Now O Great Majesty King God may I please be dismissed and also it would be great if you'd grant me a dukedom in British Columbia, say Dukedom of the Westside. That would be awesome.
posted by illiad at 8:45 PM on November 23, 2008


Oh the mighty Tim Tam. Such a revelation during my semester abroad in Queensland. After a 3 year dry spell, it was a happy day indeed when I discovered the E Street theater in DC carried them. Best movie snack EVAR.
posted by kookaburra at 9:04 PM on November 23, 2008


Target better watch out tomorrow!
I saw them for sale at Tuck Shop here in NY last year, but they were like $7 per package of 11 and I just couldn't quite do it.

11
That's ridiculous. It's not even funny.
posted by rmless at 9:48 PM on November 23, 2008


Tim Tams are OK, but the King of Biscuits is indisputably the Irish Chocolate Kimberley.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 12:02 AM on November 24, 2008


Y'do all realise that the Australian equivalent of the Oreo is not the Tim Tam, but the Delta Cream, right? And it's 'bikkie', not 'bickie' ;-)

I never was a great fan of Tim Tams myself - too sickly sweet - but I changed my mind when they came out with the dark chocolate ones a few years ago. On the other hand, the caramel ones manage to be wore than the original. If only they'd invent a Cherry Ripe Tim Tam...

Oh, and if you can't whip your Vegemite up into little peaks, it's not on thick enough. I refuse to argue otherwise with a race of people who think Nutella is 'tasty" ;-)
posted by Pinback at 12:36 AM on November 24, 2008


In terms of iconic status, the Tim Tam is certainly the equivalent of the Oreo - most treasured, most beloved. And "bickie" was chosen over "bikkie" because that was the term used in the manufacturing slide show. If you can't trust sterling journalism like that, what can you trust??

Philistines.

;)
posted by ninazer0 at 1:33 AM on November 24, 2008


I'm afraid that 'British music > Australian music', 'British literature > Australian literature', 'British accents > Australian accents', 'British non-deadly bugs > Australian deadly bugs' holds true for 'British biscuits and snacks > Australian biscuits and snacks.'

Apologies for bringing this to light. Don't worry though guys, you've still got 'British sports teams <> Any British person living or dead'. So that's a couple you've got there.
posted by Cantdosleepy at 3:37 AM on November 24, 2008


That last bracketing didn't quite work. I was going for:

'British sports teams <> Any British person living or dead'.
posted by Cantdosleepy at 3:38 AM on November 24, 2008


Argh! Metafilter refuses to recognise the supremecy of Dr Karl from Neighbours, or your superior sporting prowess.
posted by Cantdosleepy at 3:40 AM on November 24, 2008


meh, you've still got Oasis.
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:08 AM on November 24, 2008


We do indeed. Have you seen Noel being pushed offstage? Warms the cockles, it does.
posted by Cantdosleepy at 4:24 AM on November 24, 2008


Not many people know this, but Vitam-R beats every other yeast extract into the ground. And you can eat it straight from the jar. SO far & away the best it's unreal...
posted by i_cola at 7:06 AM on November 24, 2008


I crave Tim Tams, and I've never had them.
posted by Halloween Jack at 9:19 AM on November 24, 2008


Save-On Foods carries them, as does Safeway.

All west of Winnipeg, in keeping with the distribution of Aussie expats. Coincidence?

(The only way I get my Tim Tam fix down east is via familial birthday shipments.)
posted by Sys Rq at 10:19 AM on November 24, 2008


when we first arrived in the UK we were at a restaurant and I asked for Squash [...] and got served up what we would call Cordial.

Try that anywhere in North America and you'll get what in Australia you call pumpkin. Enjoy!
posted by Sys Rq at 10:24 AM on November 24, 2008


The slightly crazed stare of a Tim Tam addict aka my friend Melissa, who also just became a US citizen. I think this was her reward for the hard work, because she's now buying out every pack she can find in the PA area. If you live there and want to try them, move fast.

I am also happy about this - the less space for shitty Hershey's chocolate on the shelves of American stores, the better.
posted by saturnine at 10:26 AM on November 24, 2008


I always thought bickie was spelled "biccy." Random googling reveals usage of both spellings. Is this a regional thing?

"Biccy" seems more correct to me. After all, there is no k in biscuit.
posted by HotToddy at 11:28 AM on November 24, 2008


Have you seen Noel being pushed offstage? Warms the cockles, it does.

that was about the best thing i've ever seen!

(although i preferred the raw concert footage to having it introduced by some nauseating adolescent twat)
posted by UbuRoivas at 11:43 AM on November 24, 2008


(the ones they're selling at target are actually pepperidge farm brand timtams)

(so they may not only be available at target)

(but it's pretty weird that so many people recognized not just that they're sold at target, but that they are a recent addition)

(why am i parenthesizing, again?)
posted by CitizenD at 12:15 PM on November 24, 2008


A word of warning concerning the oh-so-tempting double coated choc timtams - you actually get two whole biscuits less than a normal packet when you buy them. Sacrilegious!

Also, for those wanting to see Natalie Imbrulgia give lessons in doing a doing timtam slam - there is this
posted by steerpike at 12:46 PM on November 24, 2008


why on earth would anybody want to watch that?!??

%$&$&*% work YouTube block
posted by UbuRoivas at 2:27 PM on November 24, 2008


Tim Tams from Target procured. They kept them kind of hidden on a top shelf, by the rest of the Pepperidge Farms cracker stuff, and there were only two packets left...
posted by gemmy at 10:41 PM on November 24, 2008


I'd rather have a Pepperidge Farm Soft-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie than a Tim-Tam.

If only they'd invent a Cherry Ripe Tim Tam...

I wish they'd bring back the fine French Biscuit, Cherry Pims. They're like a Jaffa Cake, only the jelly bit is cherry rather than orange, and the chocolate bit is thick white chocolate rather than the thin dark stuff you get on a McVities.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 2:33 AM on November 25, 2008


Had to stop at Target this morning, so I bought a couple of packs and tried this. It is good. My colleague calls it "the least dignified snack, ever," but we're not at all sure that's a negative.
posted by Songdog at 7:38 AM on November 25, 2008


Also, for those wanting to see Natalie Imbrulgia give lessons in doing a doing timtam slam

gaah - she's got that awful half-british accent favoured by pretentious aussie expats!

well, either that or she's been taking elocution lessons from Kylie Minogue.
posted by UbuRoivas at 11:35 AM on November 25, 2008


(the ones they're selling at target are actually pepperidge farm brand timtams)

Arnott's and Pepperidge Farm are both owned by the Campbell's Soup Company. The more you know...
posted by Sys Rq at 4:28 PM on November 25, 2008


Oh those crazy Australians, what will they do next!
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