Tim Tam Truffle Pops

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Cake pops and cookie pops are becoming quite popular; they’ve even inspired pies, brownies and other yummy treats to hop onto sticks as well.  It’s the latest craze for food these days.  Today, I’ll be telling you all about these all-kinds-of-awesome Tim Tam truffle pops that won the hearts of the cake stall helpers at my daughter’s school.

Alright, first of all, last Saturday was election day here in New South Wales, Australia.  As I’m not a citizen of Australia (I’m a permanent resident), I am not allowed to vote.  I’ve never been to the polling places or participated in any way during any election day.  This time, however, my daughter’s school was sending home notices that they wanted donations for their election day cake stall to raise money for the school – they wanted cakes, slices, biscuits, etc.  My eyes literally lit up when I read this (I’m pretty sure they did, anyway!) and immediately I ran through dozens of things in my head that I could make.  I wanted to make something that would blow the customers away, something that they just couldn’t resist buying, something that would help the school’s fundraising efforts.

Eventually I decided on something I had seen a while ago on Not Quite Nigella and Bubble and Sweet.  Tim Tam cookie pops.  Just like an Oreo truffle, actually – with the crumbed Oreos and cream cheese.  Except with Tim Tams.  If you’re not in Australia, you may be asking, “What are Tim Tams?”.  Wikipedia explains:

Tim Tams are chocolate biscuits made by Arnott’s Biscuits. A Tim Tam is composed of two layers of chocolate malted biscuit, separated by a light chocolate cream filling, and coated in a thin layer of textured chocolate. (Photo above also from Wikipedia)

There are a variety of flavors available as well.  Caramel Tim Tams, Rum & Raisin Tim Tams, White Chocolate Tim Tams, Dark Chocolate Tim Tams, Double-Coated Tim Tams… you get the idea.  They’re all very delicious.  Apparently 1 in every 2 households in Australia has a package of Tim Tams in their pantry.

Note also that Australians call cookies, “biscuits”.

So now you know what a Tim Tam is, if you didn’t already.  :)

I doubled the recipe for the Tim Tam cookie pops I found on Bubble and Sweet.  I chose to use a package each of original flavor Tim Tams, and dark flavor Tim Tams, and I used 400g of 70% chocolate to double-dip each truffle.  One coating of the chocolate was too thin, I thought.  In order to double-dip properly, I found that you need to let the first coating set before you dip again.  Put the pops into the refrigerator for 15 minutes or so before dipping the second time.  Also important – make sure the chocolate that you are re-dipping into is not hot, but at room temperature, or close, otherwise, the hot chocolate will re-melt the coating already on the truffle.

I made each truffle weigh 25g so that they would all be of uniform size.  Picture above, you will see that I dipped the ends of the lollipop sticks into melted chocolate before sticking them into the truffles; after I stuck them all in, I put them back in the refrigerator to set the chocolate faster.  This will help the truffle to stay on the pop while dipping and eating.

I kept the truffles in the refrigerator overnight and the morning of election day I packaged the pops into mini treat bags and tied them each up with a silver twist tie.

So yes, apparently, these little guys were a real hit with the cake stall helpers; they told me they only sold about four to actual customers before buying the rest of the pops for themselves!  They even asked for the recipe!  I’m glad that all my efforts on the day before were well worth it – job well done, I say!

The recipe below is not doubled; what follows is the original recipe.  Feel free to substitute any flavor of Tim Tams you wish, as well any flavor of chocolate – even milk, or white.  If you don’t have lollipop sticks, you can leave them out of the picture entirely and simply dip the truffles in chocolate and lift them out with a fork onto a sheet of baking paper.  If you happen to have styrofoam lying around, you can stick the lollipop sticks into it, instead of placing them upside down on a sheet of baking paper.

The instructions may seem long, but this is not a difficult recipe.  Basically, it’s the technique that takes a few extra words to explain.  :)

 

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Comments

  1. BloggerMom says

    Tim Tams are soooooooo good! I love them and was so glad to discover Pepperidge Farm makes them now! I can’t wait to try this out! Addictive.

  2. says

    When I was visiting Australia, I was introduced to the Tim Tam Slammer – where you suck hot coco through the cookie and then “slam” the whole thing in your mouth. Have you done that ever? It is an amazing delicious experience. It took me a while, but I finally found these cookies at a local store here in California and it made my day. I love Tim Tams! I will have to try this recipe out!!!

  3. says

    I love love love Tim Tams! I spent some time in Oz and got hooked on them. Best of all I just found out that they’re now starting to be distributed in major grocery stores in Canada, I can’t wait to pick some up and make something awesome like this!

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