16 Things You Didn’t Know About Tim Tams

So much more than just a chocolate biscuit.

1. Australians eat 45 million packets of Tim Tams a year.

2. Tim Tams first went on the market in February 1964.

3. They were named after a horse that won the Kentucky Derby in 1958.

4. The chocolate used to coat Tim Tams is supposed to have a slightly caramel taste.

5. There is a cheese-flavoured Tim Tam available in Indonesia.

6. For the alcohol in the Tia Maria flavoured biscuits to have any effect, you would need to eat several thousand of them.

7. The Tim Tam factory in Sydney produces 3,000 biscuits a minute.

8. That’s enough to feed one to every person in a packed house at ANZ Stadium every half an hour.

9. One in every two Australian households contains a packet of Tim Tams.

10. In the mid-’90s, Cate Blanchett appeared in an ad for Tim Tams.

Arnott’s Biscuits / Via youtube.com

11. Tim Tams are made by Arnotts, a company owned by US soup giant Campbell’s.

Flickr: jennycu / Creative Commons

12. They are available for sale in the US, distributed by Pepperidge Farm, and mainly available at Target stores.

(Apparently, not as good as the original.)

13. Taylor Swift is a huge Tim Tam fan.

Playing with glittery eyeliner in the dressing room while @elizabethhuett and I discuss how caramel Tim tams have changed our lives.

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13)

14. For anyone unfortunate enough not to know, a Tim Tam Slam is when you bite off the ends of the biscuit and use it as a ‘straw’ to drink a warm beverage. It makes the chocolate all melty and gooey and perfect.

15. Australians’ favourite drink to use in a Tim Tam slam is coffee, followed by port (?), hot chocolate and Bailey’s.

Flickr: trekkyandy / Creative Commons

PORT?!?! Really?!?

16. Tim Tams can also be used for construction.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

17. No matter how you eat it, or what flavour you prefer, everyone can agree on the fact that Tim Tams are the greatest thing on Earth.

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Jemima Skelley is a senior writer for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney.
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