Archive | February, 2011

Penguin Slams

4 Feb

Is it a sinfully sugary breakfast treat or a caffeine-powered dessert? Either way the “Penguin Slam” is a great little indulgence and one of Britain’s tastiest exports.

A Penguin is a chocolate-coated wafer cookie, a bit like a double-wide version of the American Kit-Kat bar. They’re manufactured and sold in the UK, but you’re likely to find them in any supermarket that has a decent British imports section. The wrappers are each adorned with a little cartoon penguin, as well as a hopelessly cheesy joke about penguins.

The Australian version is called a Tim Tam, and in fact, my husband was introduced to the candy by an Australian roommate. I believe Tim Tams were the original choice of candy for the slam, but they’re not as widely available in the U.S. as Penguins are.

To enjoy your Penguin slam, all you need is a hot cup of coffee and a package of Penguins. (It’s impossible to stop at just one, so go ahead and pull out the whole package!).

Step one unwrap your Penguin, then nibble the tips off of each end.

Next, dip one end of the Penguin into your coffee, then suck the hot coffee through the cookie like a straw.

Finally, eat your Penguin quickly and savor the hot, chocolate-y goodness before it melts into your hand or falls back into your coffee.

Messy, yes, but worth every bit of it. The warm, melty blend of chocolate and coffee is a special treat.