A few years ago, my friend Deb sent me a wonderful package full of candy from Australia, and she included a package of Tim Tams. These chocolate cookies were so delicious that I sought them out; I finally found a place in Texas (!) that had them and I ordered a bunch. They didn't even last a week in the house. Heaven.
Fast forward to a few days ago. I was in Target, perusing the leftover Halloween candy (btw, kudos to Target-- they go straight to 75 percent off; none of this measly 50 percent). I bought a giant mixed bag of Snickers, M&Ms, Skittles and Starburst for No-Nuts who was here for the weekend. (Fine. The Snickers were for me.) On my way out of the candy department, something caught my eye. Could it be? No! But yes, it was! Tim Tams! Praise ye cookie gods! I couldn't believe my good fortune. It turns out that Pepperidge Farm is now making "Australia's Favorite Cookie" for sale only at Target.
I'll cut right to the chase: these are NOT Tim Tams. Not the kind I love, anyway. These have a funky taste to them, kind of metallic and oily, whereas the original (made by a company called Arnott's) are so smooth and chocolatey and delicious. The Arnott's website says they use their own special chocolate which has hints of caramel in it. I'm sure Pepperidge Farm is not using the same chocolate. I tried to compare the ingredients, but it was difficult to tell. On the American version it says the vegetable oil is hydrogenated palm but they don't specify on the Australian package, so maybe that's it.
In any case, save yourself $3.00 and just buy a whole bunch of after-Halloween candy instead.