A Brief Guide to Aussie Choc* by Simmone Howell
Like most writers I eat a lot of chocolate. It really should be tax deductible. I also let my characters eat chocolate because often they are going through hard times. I lived in the UK for a couple of years. And there I drank many pints but certain delicacies were sorely missed:
Tim Tams – the go-to chocolate for women in crises! Tim Tams cure PMT and broken hearts – honest! You guys have Penguins. They look the same but They Are Not. In Australia there is a Tim Tam tradition I neither adhere to (nor like to watch) of fashioning a hole in the centre of the biscuit and using it as a straw through which to drink your tea.
Violet Crumbles: belonging to the same family as the Crunchie bar but not quite so orange-y on the inside and therefore you can delude yourself into believing them less processed. The Violet Crumble was made by Mr Hoadley. This nice informative Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violet_Crumble) will also tell you about the birth of the Bertie
Beetle – basically made out of all the crushed bits of Violet Crumble from factory mishaps. Resourceful or what?
Golden Roughs, Mint Patties and Wagon Wheels – lunchbox staples of ‘power’ primary schoolers (not me – I was the one with the sunflower seeds.)
I did not miss the Chokito bar. The chokito is the poor cousin to the Picnic – it has crunchy balls. Chokitos always seemed to be marketed to the kind of person I am emphatically not: http://youtu.be/aYWkEYz2e5M
UK readers I have to tell you that Cadbury’s tastes different in Australia. This may sound traitorous but I think the UK Cadbury’s is better. It’s certainly cheaper … But I suppose one can get used to anything.
* Disclaimer: Brands mentioned may be widely available in the UK and everywhere and not even owned or produced in Australia. Maybe.