You've heard of Tim Tams, right? Those chocolate covered cookies from Australia and New Zealand that ex-pat Aussies and Kiwis get all crazy about?
Well, if you haven't, try having your significant other move to New Zealand. It'll have you questioning what (or whom) they love more: Tim Tams, or you.
At least, it seems to become a pretty close call once the Tim Tam Slam is introduced. On a recent trip down under to visit my Kiwi-living boyfriend, I was told that while he was very much looking forward to seeing me, he was maybe looking forward to teaching me to Slam even more (or something very much along those lines).
Basically: you take a Tim Tam, take small bites off of opposing corners, transforming the cookie into a pseudo straw. You then suck up hot liquid—hot chocolate is the best, though coffee is good too—until the cookie is just about saturated. Then, you shove the whole thing in your mouth, effectively slamming the now-melting cookie.
Slamming has become an obsession for my boyfriend and his friends since their arrival: they have opinions about the varieties of Tim Tams (honeycomb is a favorite, with dark chocolate, caramel filled, and double coated all being solid second choices); what is Slammable (hot toddies, for sure. We did it once with red wine which everyone else deemed 'spicy and interesting,' but I thought tasted like cough syrup and was a waste of a good cookie); how many times a day it's acceptable to Slam (infinite). We Slammed for breakfast. We Slammed as a reward for hiking in the rain. We Slammed enough to give me a sugar high to last for a year.
But, the fact is, Tim Tam Slamming is good. Really good. Good enough that I brought home a few packs myself, in order to show my friends back in San Francisco The Way. And now, Serious Sweet-ers, I'm here to show you.
Your Tim Tam Slam Ingredients
Needed: Tim Tams (of course), and a hot drink. This is Milo, a New Zealand version of instant hot chocolate. It can be pretty thin tasting, but gets the job done (back home I started using Ghiradelli...major upgrade).
Ready to Slam?
Bite off diagonally opposing corners of your Tim Tam.
Your bite should be rather small—bites too big will make your Tim Tam fall apart faster.
Put one bitten-off corner into the hot chocolate, and begin sucking the warm liquid up. It will quickly soak the honeycomb/chocolate/caramel interior, and begin to melt the chocolate.
SLAM! When the cookie can't take any more, put the whole thing in your mouth, where it will fall apart into a mess of melty chocolate goodness.
That's a serious Slam face.
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