What are Tim Tams?

Aaron Roberts
What are Tim Tams? - Candy Mail UK

Who doesn’t love a chocolate covered biscuit! Let us introduce Tim Tams, if you haven’t already heard of these native Australian biscuits. They are two malted biscuits separated by a light chocolate cream filling and covered in a thin coat of chocolate - sound familiar? Well, this delicious Australian chocolate treat is a chocolate biscuit similar to a McVities Penguin. 

Tim Tam biscuits are produced by Arnott’s Biscuits Ltd who are Australia’s biggest biscuit producer. It was back in 1958 that the idea came about to make a better biscuit than McVities Penguin, after tasting them on trip to Britain. The name Tim Tam actually came from the winning horse at the 1958 Kentucky Derby.

Today Tim Tam are Australia’s most love biscuit!

Tim Tam vs Penguin

Or should that be Australia versus the UK! Tim Tams are undoubtedly akin to the classic school lunch box favourite of Penguins.

The chocolate-covered, cream-filled biscuits are indeed similar, although a Penguin is slightly longer by around a centimetre. In a taste test the Penguin is reportedly crunchier, although more sugary making it somewhat cloying while Tim Tam’s level of cocoa is more distinct with a smoother texture.

Even Boris Johnson is getting in on the act. In recent post Brexit Australia/UK trade talks, the prime minister hailed Tim Tams.  

"I want a world in which we send you Marmite, you send us Vegemite," Johnson continued. "We send you Penguins and you send us, with reduced tariffs, these wonderful Arnott’s Tim Tams," he said, holding up a family pack.

Boris - Tim Tams

Luckily you don’t have to wait for the results of trade talks to get your hands on a packet of Tim Tam biscuits. You can get your Tim Tam right here right now, so why not do your own Tim Tam Vs Penguin taste test. We’d love to hear what you think?

Tim Tam Flavours

When it comes to different flavours, Tim Tam biscuits win hands down over Penguins. With so many delicious flavours of Tim Tam to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. We love Tim Tam Crafted Collection Murray River Salter Double Choc, believe us, it’s well worth the mouthful the name is. 

Other top Tim Tam flavours include Raspberry and Dark Chocolate, classic Chocolate Mint and Tim Tam White Chocolate. Whatever your favourite chocolate flavour, there’s probably a Tim Tam to match.

How do you do a Tim Tam Slam?

Like any good biscuit, there’s a particular way to eat them and in typical Aussie fashion, the Tim Tam has the ‘Tim Tam Slam’.

Doing a Tim Tam Slam (also known as the Tim Tam Shotgun, Tim Tam Bomb, Tim Tam Explosion, Tim Tam Bong and Tim Tam Suck) is apparently the correct Australian way to eat them.

The Tim Tam Slam is the tradition of drinking a hot beverage through a Tim Tam. Yes, apparently it is possible. Start by biting off opposite corners of the Tim Tam. Then submerge one end into the hot drink and suck through the biscuit like a straw! This softens the Tim Tam and when the out coating of chocolate melts you can eat the biscuit or slam it in your mouth in one go!

Still not convinced, then watch this ‘How to Eat Tim Tams’ video: -


Where can I buy Tim Tams in the UK?

If you want to buy Tim Tams in the UK, it’s easy! Browse Candy Mail’s Tim Tam range here and order your favourite Tim Tams or try a new flavour or two by adding them to your online shopping basket. When they are delivered to your door, put the kettle on, relax and delight in dipping your Tim Tam biscuits in your cup of tea (the English way) or do the Tim Tam slam for a real taste of Australia.


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