FINISHING a belt-bursting Shavuot meal with compote and a shpritz of Manischewitz is all well and good, but sometimes one craves the indulgence of “the most irresistible chocolate biscuit” known to man.
For centuries it has been an urge that kosher consumers could not satisfy, an itch left unscratched, a blood sugar spike left flat – that is, until now.
Kosher consumers rejoice, the humble Tim Tam has the hechsher.
The Jews of Australia need deny themselves no more, with news this week that Australia’s pre-eminent petit four has the tick of approval from the Kashrut Authority (KA).
“It is indeed a milestone that as of today, kosher consumers across Australia can walk into any supermarket or store or petrol station and purchase these iconic Australian biscuits,” gushed KA rabbinic administrator Rabbi Moshe Gutnick.
Yes, the chocolatey bricks that form the foundation of this Great Southern Land are set to take their rightful place in the Jewish pantry alongside Sniders Soup Niblets, Alpha’s plum liqueur-filled parve chocolates and Eskal pretzels.
According to the KA, it “has been working closely with Arnott’s with the aim of making locally produced Tim Tams available to Australia’s kosher consumers. These efforts have finally been brought to fruition with Original and Double Coat Tim Tams sold in the 200 gram packets, now being formally kosher certified.”
The bite-size (it’s a Jewish scale) morsels of chocolatey goodness have been available in Israel for some time (aliyah incentive if ever there was one), but Arnott’s Huntingwood plant in NSW is set to start pumping them out so kosher Jews all over Australia can enjoy them.
“No longer will Tim Tam aficionados have to bring home kosher Tim Tams from Israel. We are thrilled with this result and are thankful to Arnott’s for assisting and cooperating with our kashrut requirements,” Rabbi Gutnick said.
So sit back, bite the top off a Tim Tam and slurp a hot beverage through it in celebration of this auspicious day.