Tim Tam Mango

October 8, 2016 at 20:08 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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arnott's mango tim tam biscuitI recently had the dubious pleasure of attending a ‘management off-site’. Not in Fiji, or even the Blue Mountains, but in Manly. Oh so glamorous.

After our executive lunch in a beachfront cafe (where they forgot to bring half the things we ordered), we had ice-cream from a concession in the ferry terminal. Oh yes, I lead the glamorous life of a business executive. The last of us to make their selection was our Operations man, an affable German still fairly new to Australia. After examining the flavours on offer, he plumped for a scoop of chocolate and a scoop of mango.

How we scoffed. ‘Amateur!’, we told him, having chosen two flavours that clearly had no chance of making a harmonious dual-scoop marriage. And, indeed, with some chagrin, he had to admit that it didn’t really work as a blend. ‘But vee do not have all ziss selection of ice-cream in der Deutschland,’ he plaintively cried. We nodded knowingly. No Australian would ever make such a flavour faux-pas.


Well, as it happens, not a week after that inglorious management exercise in Manly, Arnott’s have done exactly that, and released a mango Tim Tam. (They seem to be in a bit of a tropical theme at the moment, having also recently done Pina Colada and Pineapple. The rumour is that this is due to the Tim Tam team being relocated to Queensland.)

mango-tim-tam-biscuitI bought some, and took them to work for people to sample, and the results were not spectacular. The mango cream is sort of OK, in an over-sweet mango flavour kind of way. But it just fights with the chocolate on the palate, and the whole thing is a sickly mess.

Sorry Arnott’s, a mango chocolate biscuit just isn’t going to work. Even a German could tell you that.

I’m going to give these a two out of ten.


Tim Tam Rum and Raisin

April 12, 2011 at 16:15 | Posted in biscuits | Leave a comment
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A little while ago we looked at the new Tim Tam Dark Mint, and I noted that it was introduced with a companion biscuit, the ‘Rum and Raisin’. I have now had the opportunity to sample the Rum and Raisin variety, and can report back. My first experiences with Rum and Raisin flavour were when I was a small child, and we used to go to stay with relatives on the coast for the summer holidays. Occasionally we got an ice-cream, and the local ice-cream emporium had six flavours – the ‘normal’ ones (vanilla, strawberry, chocolate) and the ‘luxury’ ones (mint choc chip, tutti frutti and rum’n’raisin). Of course, the rum’n’raisin seemed by far the most exciting, and the one we used to pester our parents to buy for us. I actually recall that I wasn’t very fond of the flavour, but asked for it anyway. Such is the effect of peer pressure; nowadays I am much more confident in who I am, and can ask for vanilla whilst only feeling slightly self-conscious. Anyway, how do these new Tim Tams measure up? Are they going to be an improvement on my 1970s ice-cream experiences?

They are packaged up in the same sophisticated design, although at first glance it appears that the biscuits are accompanied by some cherries, and a mint leaf. I think these are actually grapes and the leaf from a grape vine, but it’s a little unclear. This ambiguity is carried through in other areas, as we shall see. There is also a stamp that indicates that they are made with Jamaican rum. The small print indicates that the biscuits contain less than 0.1% alcohol, so by my calculations you’d have to eat around 500 packets to get the equivalent of one standard drink, so it’s probably OK to eat a Rum and Raisin Tim Tam and then drive.

The biscuits look and smell like regular dark Tim Tams, however they are filled with a slightly chewy, jammy filling. To my mind it tastes a lot more like cherries than raisins; indeed coupled with the pack artwork I suspect if these were marketed as ‘dark cherry’ flavour there would be no complaints. They are certainly not especially raisiny, and the rum is pretty much undetectable. They are actually quite pleasant, but certainly not as good as the Mint version. I’d give them an eight out of ten.

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