I may be a little late to the game on this one, but... vegan tim tams!
For those who are unfamiliar with the tim tam, let me explain. A tim tam is a chocolate sandwich cookie, of sorts. Two crunchy chocolate biscuits, filled with chocolate mousse and coated in chocolate. I became ever-so-slightly addicted to these things when I first lived in Australia as a vegetarian, so much so that Andy sent me a pack from time to time while I was back in the US. But, they are not vegan, so I haven't had a tim tam in ages.
Enter Leda, the fantastically vegan and gluten free baking company that blesses Australian supermarket shelves. I had seen this biscuits in the health food section for a few weeks and was tempted, but they were a bit dear and I was worried they wouldn't be worth the money. Afterall, according to the image on the pack, the filling inside is white, not chocolate.
But when I saw the green mark-down sticker on the pack, I did a little dance in the aisle and grabbed them. Upon arriving at home and opening them, they were a little worse for the wear, but that's Townsville for you--any chocolate which isn't stored in the fridge will quickly turn into a sticky mess.
Appearances aside, I was in awe of the packaging, which proudly proclaims the veganity of these cookies.
The verdict: these are good. Not as good as the original tim tams--the choc mousse filling of tim tams was really light and creamy, where as this filling is more of a hard icing, but this isn't the end of the world. They are rich, and chocolatey, and delicious.
And while they are by no means a health food, they could be worse.
The downside of their goodness: they contain palm oil (which I didn't notice until I got home). But good on Leda for at least listing this as an ingredient when most companies just stick it under the non-descript label "vegetable oil". Maybe a few letters to Leda would be a good thing?
All up, I think these are great, but I probably won't buy them very often. Between the price and the palm oil, I'll stick to homemade biscuits. But it's nice to know they're out there!