Sunday, September 16, 2007

Have you ever slammed a Tim Tam?

We have been having a little bit of silliness around here. Our weekend has been full of friends and fun. Last night we had some of the Bridge Boys drop by for dinner and then some. It is always good to have extra food around for young college boys who are batching it. We fed a couple of them dinner, and as the gang begin to increase through the night, we switched to serving snacks. Now by the end of the evening I decided to show the boys a special treat usually reserved for very special occasions. This being the weekend before school starts, I thought yes this was the time and the place. Now the boys got very excited and cheered each other on, but I must say only ladies seem to really appreciate the total ecstasy this little chocolate cookie delivers. When a young lady heard about what the boys were doing, it was with absolute delight that Emily stepped up to the bar and took her hit. Her face exploded she giggled and laughed and said hit me again. Guys never eat more than one. Only the female gender truly appreciates and goes for more than one hit. Guys are whimps when it comes to serious chocolate consumption. This afternoon, I was invited to a gathering of friends, and brought along the last of my hoard. The only place I have been able to obtain these cookies is at World Market located in Seattle or Portland, alas no Arnots in my little humble town in Eastern WA. Following are pictures of our experience. The grown men in the group refused to take a hit. Babies! Chickens! They said it was too femmie? Well my husband Dan proved them wrong. He too stepped up to the bar and took a great hit.

So some of you at this point might be wondering what in the world I am talking about. Here is Wikepedia’s explanation :

I googled Tim Tam Slam and found out this indeed is an international pass time for those with a deep appreciation for chocolate.

Tim Tam Slam
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Tim Tam Slam (or Tim Tam straw) is the practice of drinking a beverage by sucking it through a Tim Tam, an Australian chocolate-covered biscuit. The practice is done by sucking through a Tim Tam with both ends bitten off.


Make a hot beverage such as Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate etc...(alternative methods include cold InsertBrand Irish Cream, Milk, Port etc...)
Take a single Tim Tam and bite off two opposite corners. (alternative method of biting off whole ends is also practiced)
Put one end of the Tim Tam to your lips where the corner was removed
Then dip the other corner into the hot beverage and suck immediately
Continue to suck until the hot beverage is felt in the mouth or until you feel the Tim Tam starting to collapse.
Quickly suck or push the whole Tim Tam into your mouth
Warning: Do not have the beverage so hot that you cannot sip it. A cold beverage will deliver a different experience. Warning: This can be a messy business.

Now in my humble opinion this really is best done with a good quality hot chocolate. Coffee is okay but not the full rush.

Following are pictures from an afternoon with friends, where I shared the very last of my hoard of Arnot TimTams with some wonderful lady friends who surely appreciated a good chocolate hit!

Tiffany is a classic example of how to really do a TimTam Slam, you go girl!

the delicate slam
Chocolate Nirvana
the manly approach: No hands Dan!


Tom Zawacki said...

As an experienced male Tim Tam Slammer, I must say... it is an AMAZING culinary experience. Everyone we know should get a box of these wondrous treats underneath their Christmas trees! Thanks for a delightful posts.


Chris said...

WOW, what a great post. I must say from experience, I chickend out...make sure your coffee is not too HOT, I'm determined to give it another try. Love the pixs!!

EM said...

To slam is to experience another round of chocolate culture! Ask Pam to talk to her bro who's coming from Australia this Christmas to bring a variety of flavors not just the chocolate!

Barbara said...

I am a chocolate lover but prefer tohave Belgium chocolate and let it just melt in my mouth.I have heard of this passtime though!

Congratulations on your delightful grandchild. I b ecame a grandmother for the first time last year. I have been bowled over at the depth of love I could never have imagined. I miss him every minute.
Lots of Cotswolds photos soon.

Nadine said...

Okay, next time you get a some I'm inviting myself over.

Joy said...

Ha! Great post as always, I love the pics :)

Sara said...

Hi, just want to say thanks for the friendly stop by on my blog and your comment! I see you have discovered Tim Tams too. I only learned of them last month. Haven't tried slamming yet, though! But I know where to get more of those Aussie chocolate delights...

Jen(n) said...

what a funny post! Thanks for sharing those pics... there is always a good time to be had when you're around!

Anonymous said...

you always know about the cool stuff, and I am with Nadine, next time we will drop in!!
Actually next time we are in Seattle we will get you some more of these, we just went right by World Market last Thursday and didn't stop (I know, what were we thinking??) helen

~Crystal~ said...

OK....I have got to try this!!!

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