Around the world, Tim Tams declare on their package that they are "Australia's favorite cookie," and nobody could dispute that title.
For more than 50 years, Arnott's famous chocolat covered biscuits have been beloved for their great taste and fun flavors. They're so versatile: you can dunk a Tim Tam, drink through one, crush them, split them, or just eat a whole pack by yourself while sitting on the couch.
But even if you love Tim Tams, there's probably a lot you don't know about these wonderful snacks. They have a long history after all! Check out this list and see how much you really know about Tim Tams.
1. They're still proudly made in Australia
There are bakeries all over Australia making Tim Tams. At the largest in Western Sydney, they make 3,000 cookies a minute. In a day, the factory uses 20 tons of cream for filling and 27 tons of chocolate!
2. There's some controversy about the name of this technique
What do you call it? The most common name is a Tim Tam Slam, but in a 2002 ad this classic maneuver was called a Tim Tam Suck. It's also known as a Tim Tam Bomb, or a Tim Tam Shotgun, but there can only be one true name! We vote for Slam, of course.
3. Are you in the 50%?
Researchers say that 1 in 2 households in Australia have a pack of Tim Tams in them right now. What's really surprising about this fact is the percentage isn't way higher! Every household in the world should have a pack.
4. These cookies have some famous fans
Taylor Swift has tweeted about how she loves Tim Tams, and Doctor Who's John Barrowman is a real Tim Tam fanatic. He built this tower out of the snacks given to him by fans at the Melbourne Comicon.
5. They made a colorful flavor for a special cause
For a limited time, you could buy special Pink Wish flavored Tim Tams. The proceeds from these treats went to support women with breast cancer. Delicious chocolate and a good cause? That's a win-win!
6. People were worried Tim Tams would get you drunk
In 2004, Arnott's introduced a special set of liquor inspired flavors: Tia Maria and Kahlua Mint. The Australian Drug Foundation complained the chocolate makers were introducing children to the taste of booze. A spokesman for the company responded that to reach a blood alcohol level of 0.05, you would need to eat your body weight in Tim Tams in an hour. Challenge accepted!
7. There are some special flavors overseas
In Indonesia, a seperate company makes Tim Tams, and they mix in a variety of flavors you can't get anywhere else. So if you want to try a cheese flavored Tim Tam, you'd better book a ticket or try to order some online.
8. Tim Tams inspire some Oscar-worthy performances
Yes, that's multiple-Oscar winner Cate Blanchett in a Tim Tams commercial, wasting a magic lamp on never-ending chocolates. Hey, everyone has to start somewhere, right?
9. They're named for a real champion
Tim Tams were named after a horse who won the 1958 Kentucky Derby. Ross Arnott, one of the company's owners, saw Tim Tam win in-person, and the name stuck with him for six years until Tim Tams launched in 1964.
10. Americans get their own special flavor too
Tim Tams are sold in more than 40 countries, but until a short trial run seven years ago Americans couldn't buy them. Now they've finally launched, and Americans even get a special Dark Mint flavor that's exclusive to America.
11. Soon your Tim Tams will get to chill out
Gelato Messina, Australia's favorite gelato shop, is collaborating with Arnott's for a new set of limited edition flavors. Starting in February, you'll be able to enjoy Choc Mint, Salted Caramel, Black Forest and Coconut and Lychee flavored biscuits.