- taste chemical-laden and ordinary; and
- die a marketing death never to appear on the shelves again.
Thus, when their Sweet Surrender ‘Choc Hazelnut flavoured mousse’ and ‘Crème Caramel’ appeared a couple of months ago, I studiously ignored them.
And it appears that most of Australia – once bitten, twice shy – did exactly the same. Until now, when they are on sale at half price and were in my shopping trolley before I could say, “Dammit, these new varieties only have nine biscuits per pack instead of the eleven in the classic Tim Tams.”
After photographing them on a fairly humid day, they were at their optimal serving level – not quite melted but just about there, ready to give their highest and strongest flavour reading. Plus it was morning tea time and I’d just fasted for a cholesterol test and was starving.
When they were opened, they did smell rather inviting. It was interesting to see that the Crème Caramel (in foreground) appeared to be coated in a slightly lighter-coloured chocolate. Would the olfactory promise extend to the taste buds?
It is with a great deal of pride and relief that this time, dear readers, Arnott’s have outdone themselves. These are NOT some weirdly-flavoured marketing flops, but very nice renditions of a classic.
The choc hazelnut mousse has a creamy praline filling, good chocolatey and crunchy biscuits and nice firm and flavoursome chocolate on the outside. There’s some kind of gooey stuff in the middle which was slightly more annoying than enhancing, but that’s only a minor quibble. The worse news is that one biscuit gives you a hefty wallop of 4.7 grams of fat of which 2.6 grams are saturated.
The crème caramel tasted even better. A lighter, caramel-inspired biscuit, with lighter chocolate (34% cocoa solids compared to choc hazelnut mousse’s 37%, so my eyes weren’t deceiving me) and a gorgeous crème filling with a dollop of stretchy caramel for extra oomph. Simply scrumptious. Again, one biccie hands out 4.6 grams of fat of which 2.3 grams is saturated. Fingers crossed my cholesterol results are good ones.
Get these before they disappear, because they’re not gimmicky but are good.