I know what Tim Tams are, of course. Chocolate biscuits sandwiching a cream filling, a decadence kept under cover of chocolate and where satisfaction lies not in the stomach but on the number of biscuits consumed.
These processed pleasures are so good and so dependable that I often wonder about the appeal in making homemade Poppycock popcorn, homemade Oreos, and oh what’s this now, homemade Tim Tams?
Yes, Tim Tams, the Peninsula Manila version. A product of the recently-concluded Celebrate Australia Festival held at the hotel, this little sweet proves so irresistible that it’s staying on.
They look like Tim Tams too, finger-long and fanciful, about three and a half inches long and an inch wide; a weight to wield also, each approximately 40 grams. Tempered chocolate skillfully applied, can’t hide the bumps bulging from beneath; a frisson of anticipation fills me, my mind pulses with possibilities. What could those bumps be? Naturally, I need to let go of any preconceived notions of what a Tim Tam tastes like. I step out of my way and take a bite.
A crrrack of chocolate, its coating giving way. A flash of darkness in flavor preceding a cascade of rice crisps in staccato – crunch!crunch!crunch! – fast they flit and flee flailing in a flood of hazelnut cream and again, chocolate. My mind catches up, it doesn’t recognize these as Tim Tams but then desire sweeps in, a deluge deleting all else… and finally, the aftertaste of longing.
If I eat these straight from the fridge, it’s firm like a regular Tim Tam; eat these at room temperature, the sweet crackles briefly, as if complaining, “What took you so long?” before being silenced by a sequence of smoothness: chocolate and hazelnut punctuated by subtle pops and crisps.
One taste is all it takes.
Tim Tams, the Peninsula Manila version.
Available at the Peninsula Boutique Manila.
The Peninsula Manila
Corner of Ayala and Makati Avenues, Makati.
02. 887 2888