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Tim Tams?
For those Australians out there, I have a question... have you heard of Tim Tams? Do you know if they are kosher?

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caryabend From: caryabend Date: May 24th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did learn that Vegemite is no longer kosher.

As an American who has eaten Vegemite, I fully support any effort to eradicate it from existence. If that means starting by stripping it from being Kosher, then so be it.
From: snagsgonnadie Date: May 25th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC) (Link)
excuse meeeee
i love vegimite
i think australians are genetically built to love vegimite
it was never meant to be for americans, anywho
andd...time tams are not kosher..but they made a bunch that was cholov ukum..i dont konw if you can still get them
malkin From: malkin Date: May 24th, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I was just at a trade commission coctail party in Beverly Hills, last week. I got really sick, because I was outdoors all night in a pretty dress, and LA gets very cold at night.

Anyway, dangit, slitterst totally beat me to the punch on the whole Arnott's-Israel connection. I would say that the ones sold specifically in Israel are kosher, but I can't make any guarantees for the ones back in Australia. If you want, I can check the package markings, next time I'm in the supermarket. I don't have any in the house, because they don't actually stay in anyone's house. They tend to get devoured too quickly!
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: May 25th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)

It isn't?? You don't happen to know what changed, do you?

curious_au From: curious_au Date: May 25th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)
As far as I know, Kosher and non-Kosher Vegemite have always been produced in two distinct manufacturing processes. K.V. was closed out in an ( unspecified ) change in manufacturing process in August 2004. The Australian Jewish News et al. threatened dire retribution, leading to -

Kosher Australia Press Release December 2004

”Kraft Foods and Kosher Australia are pleased to announce that after several months of collaborative efforts, Kosher approved Vegemite will once again be available in the 175g glass container.

The Kosher approved product will be denoted by a "K" before the 'best before' date and is expected to be in general distribution by the end of January 2005. The initial batch has a ‘best before’ date of 13 Dec 05."

I think it's a foul paste. I think Kraft was doing you a favour when they DK'd it.

-- c_au
mortuus From: mortuus Date: May 24th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope they are kosher, because they are oh so yummy. If you haven't had them (and they're kosher) you must eat them as soon as possible :-)
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: May 25th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)


I gave Seth some some years ago. Which he didn't eat because he was Atkins-ing at the time, so I ended up eating quite a lot of them.
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: May 25th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)

#*&%#!, I see I should have read the comments more carefully, because your first comment looks like it has the same link. Sorry slitterst.

glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: May 25th, 2005 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Oh, and asking an Australian if they've heard of Tim Tams is ... er, wow... it's a bit like asking an American if they've heard of things called "cars".

About the only way to avoid hearing of Tim Tams is if you've been living in a fallout shelter for the last 40-odd years. We eat something like 300 million of them a year.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 25th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I figured as much. But the person who brought them to my attention (an American who lived in Australia for five years) talks about them like they are some super-kept secret. Maybe it's an Australian secret that you all keep from us Americans?
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: May 26th, 2005 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Not really a secret, since there's packs of them at the airport on the way out, just nicely situated so you can bring your overseas friends a tasty gift to make up for the Vegemite (or so you can scoff them all on the plane I guess).

I remember a couple of years ago one of the Aussies currently in Hollywood flew over 48 cartons of Tim Tams during a film shoot. Which would be many thousands of Tim Tams. The cast and crew got through them in a couple of weeks, so she did it again!

Last trip to the US, an American fellow across the aisle from me had brought on as his hand luggage two packets of Mint Slice. He was taking them home to show the folks his wonderful discovery. He then proceeded to rave about their wonderfulness at length (and I agree they are good - I slightly prefer them to Tim Tams, for which sentiment I'll probably roast in whichever hell is reserved for heretics; unfortunately I now have an intolerance to something in them). Finally he couldn't resist any longer and ate one of the packets, in between fitful dozing (every half hour one eye would open and he'd scoff another one or two. He was very torn over the second packet...

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