Found Tim Tams at Wmart!

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by WhymeMom?, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. WhymeMom?

    WhymeMom? No real answers to life..

    Okay, so they are not Arnotts, but made by Pepperridge Farm. They say right on the front of package Austrailia's favorite cookie....... Can't believe I finished off the chocolate creme package on the way home....... well it was a 25 minute drive......... yum, I did manage to make it home without opening the caramel package, so maybe later.......... Would love to compare them to the "real" Tim Tams, but these ain't bad.............. except for my diet...........
  2. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    I suspect if you go digging, Pepperidge Farm will either be a subsidiary of Arnott's or have been given permission under license to make them. In which case - they would be fairly similar. The milk chocolate Tim Tams (described as "original") and the caramel ones, have the butterscotch-flavoured biscuit. If the recipe is authentic, that is one of thr yummy things about them.

    We like the double coat, or the dark chocolate ones. The caramel ones might be too sweet - they are for us. Still delicious, though.

    Do I dare tell you about how to enjoy a Tim Tam Slam? I think there's a YouTube link which has Rove (Aussie TV host) and Rihanna having a Tim Tam Slam live on his TV show.

    And remember - I won a year's supply of these things! They consider a year's supply to be 48 packs. We have a carton of 24 packs (minus a few which we've already eaten) in the living room. In summer we're having to put each pack in the fridge first, so the chocolate won't be too soft.


  3. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    We found them at Target last year, but haven't seen them this year.
  4. mstang67chic

    mstang67chic Going Green

    Ok, which Walmart were you at????? I'll check mine but just in case, I want to go to the exact same one!!! LOL

    That reminds me, is World Market still open or did they close?
  5. WhymeMom?

    WhymeMom? No real answers to life..

    I was at the new one off Lima Road/Dupont. They were right there in the cookie aisle with the Milano, Tahoe and other Pepperidge Farm cookies. I didn't buy them all so get there quickly........ of course you realize there are only about 8 cookies in the pack????? Drat........
  6. WhymeMom?

    WhymeMom? No real answers to life..

    Oh, I think they did close our World Market up by the mall.......
  7. mstang67chic

    mstang67chic Going Green

    Argh!!! I was just up that way last night! Go figure! LOL
  8. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    The Arnotts packs have 11 Tim Tams in each pack.

    They really are hot on imitations, an Aussie businessman who is known for making a fuss about Australian icons being sold overseas (Vegemite is owned by Kraft, not an Aussie company; Arnott's was also sold overseas, no longer Aussie) brought out his own brands of these items, he changes the name a little. So his biscuits were called "Tem p Tins" and Arnotts took him to court because the packaging was too similar (deliberately so, of course). So if your US company is calling these things Tim Tams" they will be the real deal, or at least under license and therefore as close to the real thing as possible.

    Sorry you're being shortchanged on the nuber of biscuits in each pack, though.

  9. mstang67chic

    mstang67chic Going Green

    Marg...I've had a pack of Arnott's Tim Tams. There was a contest somewhere by an Aussie author and in addition to an ebook of hers, she was also more than kind enough to send me a pack of Tim Tams. Gooooooooooooooooood!!!!! I'm sure we can order them online and get them but it's just a matter of if we are willing to pay close to triple the cost by the time it's all said and done. LOL
  10. mstang67chic

    mstang67chic Going Green

    Oh and WMM? I don't think I'll drive all the way up to "your" Walmart but I have to run by Jef. Pt. today. I'll check the Walmart there and mine here in town.
  11. WhymeMom?

    WhymeMom? No real answers to life..

    Just counted the caramel pack, nine cookies, so I don't feel bad about eating a whole pack................
  12. graceupongrace

    graceupongrace New Member

    Marg, I saw the Pepperidge Farm version at my local grocery store this week and thought of you. I was afraid they wouldn't be authentic, but now that I've seen your post, I'll give them a try!

    Wish they had the dark chocolate, though -- I generally prefer that to milk chocolate. But I guess I'll make do.... ;)
  13. mstang67chic

    mstang67chic Going Green

    :slap: Argh!!!! I was at my Walmart TWICE and forgot to look for them!!!! I never made it to JP, Whymemom....waaaaay too icy out. Driving here was bad enough.
  14. WhymeMom?

    WhymeMom? No real answers to life..

    Venturing out later for church, but hope it turns to rain by then, looks slippery in our drive........yikes.......
  15. Estherfromjerusalem

    Estherfromjerusalem Well-Known Member

    Believe it or not, I have just returned from my supermarket here in Jerusalem from doing my weekend big shopping, and I picked up a package of Tim Tams and examined it. It is the real original thing from Australia!!! I looked and looked, and then put them back on the shelf because I am trying to lose weight and I know that if I buy them I will eat them before anyone else gets a chance!! I realize now that we are not as provincial as I thought!!!

    Love, Esther
  16. Marg's Man

    Marg's Man Member


    I had noticed that our packs now have labelling in Hebrew, some Arabic language (I don't know which is which) plus a couple of Asian languages these days.

    I have to admire your will power, especially at this time of year. (Or does Hanukkah not involve over eating the way Christmas does?)

    Marg's Man
  17. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Crazy Cat Lady

    Marg's Man, in general Jewish holidays involve overeating, LoL. Most of us fast on Yom Kippur, our Day of Atonement, but look out when we break our fast after sundown.

    Channukah, because the story is based on the miracle of one day's worth of oil lasting the eight days needed to re-dedicate the Temple, tends to revolve around fried foods. Potato latkes are probably most familiar to everyone, but in actuality different cultures serve lots of different fritters, fried fish (no shellfish), fried veggies and fruit, all sorts of stuff that clogs up the arteries.
  18. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    Gotta do something with all that oil...

    Out of curiosity, what part of scripture is that from? I'd like to look it up.

    Our kids pediatrician is a very devout Jew, a lovely man. But I never feel right asking him, it seems too personal to talk about this sort of thing during a medical consult. Our pain specialist is also Jewish. Works at a very Roman Catholic hospice, he's their rock. We wish them both a merry Christmas but would love to make it more relevant to them. In Australia we avoid "happy holidays" because anything too obviously easy child is rejected here. Instead, we try to make things as specific and relevant to the individual as possible, rather than generically general.

    My GP is Egyptian Copt, very devout. Religious tracts subtly placed in the waiting room under the usual year-old magazines; icons in a corner of the surgery. Their Easter is more in line with Passover, time-wise, than the usual Christian Easter. So I always double-check when their Easter is, so I can wish them a happy Easter at the correct time of year. We do understand about Passover, but other festivals don't always match up so easily.

    If the main aim (after the relgious observances of course) of Channukah is to clog your arteries, then Tim Tams should meet the requirements. And if you're anywhere near Texas, where they seem to deep-fry everything, you could try a deep-fried Tim Tam. I think it would work brilliantly. However, I'll pass. I think my cholesterol level just doubled, thinking about it!

  19. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Crazy Cat Lady

    Marg, I am so unobservant that I don't even have a copy of the Old Testament in the house.

    If Esther reads this, I'm sure that given that she is more religious than I am she will be able to answer this for you.

    In Eastern Europe, olive oil was very hard to come by and terribly expensive. Goose, Duck, Chicken, and mutton fat were used as common cooking fats.

    It was a big thing to cook food in vegetable oils.

    I'd guess it's like West Indian cultures that use Ghee (clarified butter) when cooking for special occasions.

    It's also why so many Eastern European Jewish dishes that were not meat were braised, stewed or baked. No additional fat was needed.

    In fact, in the Baltic countries, the goose was referred to as "the pig of the Jews".

    by the way, the real reason pigs are not eaten is that unlike ruminants, they cannot be herded over long distances. Because the ancestors of the Jews were nomads, in addition to the herding problem, keeping swine required devoted resources normally used for human foods be used as animal feed.

    Swine are actually a forest dwelling genus. They live on nuts,roots, larvae and fungi that they grub up when foresting. That's what that snout is for. It is technically called a "rooter"
  20. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    I always thought that it was because pigs are risky on health grounds - there are too many parasites that can cross over from pig to human (and back again). Ascaris suum is a pork nemtode, Ascaris lumbricoides is a human nematode that was beleived to have originally been a pork nematode that crossed over into human. I believe humans can also carry Ascaris suum. And that's just the nematodes - there are other parasites which can cause bigger problems. Pig flesh is sufficiently similar to human, for early tranplant surgeons to try using various pig parts (such as hearts and heart valves) implanted into humans. Not that the earlier nomads would have known all this, but they would have learned from experience that keeping pigs can lead to sickness.

    My uni lessons are rusty and could well be outdated, but I remember husband & I had to write up a tutorial once on the food restrictions according to Leviticus and how it matches up with the health hazards we currently know of. Our conclusion at the time was that the rules laid down in Leviticus were an effective way of keeping a nomadic people healthy without making it too complicated. By setting things out in fairly simple rules, some useful foods might get excluded but to have tried to make exceptions would have made the rules so tricky, that people would have been more likely to break the rules, at a time when they needed all the numbers (of people) they could get.

    Whenever I think of the manna in the desert, I wonder if it could have been the precursor to Tim Tams!