Boars, Gore, and Swords podcast covers The Great British Bake Off Series 7

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Oh but you two are in need of education.

Tim Tams are Australian. They are two rectangular chocolate biscuits with chocolate cream in between, and chocolate over the outside. You can buy them in a lot of places in the US, but they are also excellent currency when visiting from Australia and staying in the US. The British equivalent is the Penguin biscuit. An important part of Australian culture is the Tim Tam Slam, where you bite off the ends of the biscuit, then use the biscuit to suck your hot tea through. When you feel the biscuit starting to collapse with the liquid, you stuff it in your mouth.

Jaffa Cakes are a British baked combination of plain biscuit base, orange jam in the middle, and chocolate over the top. They are very confusing to Australians, because here, Jaffas are a round ball of (sadly compound) chocolate with a thin orange candy coating. In the old days at the movie theatres with wooden floors and stairs, it was common for foolish lads at the top of the stairs to drop all their jaffas and hear them rumbling all the way down the stairs. Preferably in the romantic scenes. At least that’s what my dad told me. You couldn’t do that with jaffa cakes.

So go order yourselves some Tim Tams, and find the joy that is Australia.


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