Choc-Banana Tim Tam by Arnott’s

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Choc Banana Tim Tam are a lim­ited edi­tion fla­vour appear­ing in Coles super­mar­kets in mid 2016, around the same time Toffee Apple Tim Tam appeared in Woolworths super­mar­kets. They’re described as ‘a deli­cious com­bin­a­tion of crunchy bis­cuits and banana fla­voured cream covered in milk chocolate’.

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Opening the pack­aging releases the potent smell of the arti­fi­cial banana-like notes fla­vour­ing candy from child­hood. I’ve since found out that this arti­fi­cial — mono­ton­ic and sac­char­ine — taste occurs nat­ur­ally in a less pop­u­lar spe­cies of banana, the Gros Michel, but I can only con­clude that those bana­nas must them­selves also taste arti­fi­cial, quite removed from the real fresh bana­nas from the supermarket.

But back to the Tim Tam. The banana fla­vour is pleas­ant, des­pite its arti­fi­ci­al­ity, and pairs well with the crunchy and crumbly chocol­ate bis­cuit, remind­ing one of the choc-banana Chupa Chups of child­hood. A slight salt­i­ness from the bis­cuit towards the end of the bite cuts through the sweet­ness well. So much like the Toffee Apple Tim Tam, I’d be happy to eat these again, but they’re not so tasty that I’d repurchase.

This pack­age of Choc-Banana Tim Tam by Arnott’s con­tained 9 bis­cuits. It was pro­duced in Australia and was pur­chased in Sydney, Australia in 2016.