A few years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to these Australian cookies called Tim Tams. We knew that they paired well with coffee, but it wasn't until the Aussie shop owner mentioned Tim Tam slams that we truly knew how to enjoy a Tim Tam!
A Tim Tam slam is a move where you take a Tim Tam cookie, bite off both ends, dip one end into a mug of coffee and use the cookie like a straw to suck up the coffee. The chocolatey goodness of the Tim Tam cookie mixes in with the coffee to create a delicious mocha-like flavor and the coffee permeates the Tim Tam with a wonderfully warm, decadent coffee flavor. The trick is to get as much coffee as you can before the Tim Tam falls apart from getting soaked in coffee, otherwise it will end up falling in chunks into your coffee.
I just came back from a trip to Australia and New Zealand. On my food checklist was definitely performing a Tim Tam slam in its home country. The origin of the Tim Tam slam is still a mystery to me. It appears nobody I talked to in Australia knew what a Tim Tam slam was, but yet a Kiwi (New Zealander) friend did! If they didn't know what it was, they definitely knew after I was done gushing about it. I felt like a Tim Tam slam pioneer. =)
I met up with an American friend, Becky, in Sydney where she's an exchange student. Before she leaves Sydney, she MUST try a Tim Tam slam. Enjoy this video of me teaching her how to do it. Yes, I know, there are so many "That's what she said!" moments. It was completely unintentional! Hilarious, but unintentional...