Tim Tam Black ForestFebruary 27, 2011 at 16:50 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
Tags: Arnott's, black forest, cherry, chocolate, cream, giant earthworm, kirsch, tim tam
The Black Forest is a dense, fir tree forest in southern Germany. It is famous for two things; its giant earthworm and for its cake. The giant earthworm Lumbricus badensis, found only in the region, grows to lengths of sixty centimetres, and lives in burrows up to three metres deep. The cake, Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, is made with chocolate, cream, sour cherries and kirsch liqueur, and lives on 1970s dessert trolleys.
I think it is safe to say that Arnott’s took their inspiration for these biscuits from the cake, rather than the worms – indeed the pack notes that this is a ‘dessert inspired biscuit’, and includes a small picture of perhaps the actual dessert that was used as the muse.
As such, the regular chocolate cream filling of the regular Tim Tam is replaced with a combination of white cream and cherry flavoured fudge, with the fudge down the centre of the filling with cream either side. The pack artwork implies that this fudge is quite liquid, and spills out enticingly perhaps even in the manner of a liqueur. However, the cherry filling is actually quite chewy, with a consistency closer to soft toffee.
The major disappointment with these biscuits was the chocolate coating. The pack artwork suggests that it might be dark chocolate, which I thought would add a degree of sophistication. However, it is in fact milk chocolate – but oddly not the same chocolate that is used on the regular Tim Tam. It is I think slightly darker, and actually strikes me as being lower quality, although this may be an artefact of the rather sweet chewy filling interfering with the palate. The other disappointment was that there seemed to be no kirsch; a mandated ingredient in a Black Forest cake, according to the Deutschtortegesetzgebung. I suspect this is because of the outcry when Arnott’s last tried marketing an alcoholic Tim Tam, the Tim Tam Tia Maria, which was subsequently withdrawn from sale.
I’m not really sure about these; they do have a kind of retro appeal, which I suppose is the point. However, they just don’t quite work; something is lacking. (Indeed, two whole biscuits are lacking, as for some reason you only get nine in a pack, as opposed to eleven in a regular pack.) I’m going to give these a six out of ten.