Five iconic Australian sweets

August 16, 2011 in Australia,Provisions

I’ve always had quite a sweet tooth, much to the dismay of my dentist and any attempt I’ve ever made at a diet. I just can’t resist dessert!

Traditional spread of Australian desserts at a party


Luckily, Australia has more than enough means to satisfy my sweet tooth. I’ve fallen for homemade lamingtons and pavlovas, as well as the iconic Arnott’s biscuits. Here are a few of my favorites:

Chocolate lamingtons with jam and cream, iconic Australian dessertLamingtons: A cube-shaped slice of sponge cake, covered with chocolate frosting and desiccated coconut. Sometimes served as two halves with a layer of jam and cream in between.

Fairy bread, traditional Australian kids dessert

Fairy bread: A kids dessert or sweet snack for children: white bread coated with butter and colored sprinkles. Incredibly simple, but colorful and delicious–and completely lacking in nutritional value, as any dessert should!

Traditional Australia meringue pavlova with kiwi and strawberries
Cake-shaped meringue with a crisp crust and a soft, light inner. Often topped with fresh fruit, such as strawberries, kiwis or passionfruit. Pure sugar–seriously–but when done right, it’s unbeatable.


Arnott's Tim Tam malted chocolate cookie biscuit

Tim Tam: An iconic Australian cookie that has two layers of chocolate malted biscuit, separated by a light chocolate cream filling, and coated in a thin layer of textured chocolate.
Arnott's Mint Slice, traditional Australian cookie biscuit

Mint Slice: A mint and chocolate cookie–tastes eerily similar but (dare I say?) better than a Girl Scout Thin Mint.

What are your favorite Australian sweets? 

Note: if you need to burn off some of those sweets, why not try a tennis academy vacation? 

  • Yum, I love sweets! The first thing I’m trying when I go to Australia is Tim Tams.

  • Tim Tams! I am obsessed with them, so much so that I am known to hoard the little stash that we get every now and then from an “Aussie shop” in our town. 

    However…I’d never heard of fairy bread before this, and anything that is simply white bread, butter, and rainbow sugar sprinkles is all right by me! 🙂

  • Erica

    Yay!! I love this post!!

  • White bread with butter and sprinkles? Genius.

  • I would like to try Lamingtons! 

  • Lamington’s!!! I am horrible and like the ones you buy at Coles, at least with those you know what you are getting every time. I had some homemade ones here in the US and they just weren’t the same.

    And TimTams were the best present I could bring back for all my friends and family at home. I filled half a suitcase with them.

  • Anonymous

    omgggg timtam!!!!! i ate SOO many of those and loved every bite

  • There ain’t nothing better than a timtam!!!

  • Katherina

    How come I haven’t tried any of these?! Everything sounds delicious, but knowing myself… I would most likely surrender to the mint slice or the pavlova (thankfully I’m anywhere near of Australia at this moment!)

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)

    I love Tim Tams.  My Aussie friends taught me to do tim tam slams with hot chocolate.  It was heavenly.

  • I’m an Aussie living in Canada and I was so excited when I found Tim Tams in Toronto. In fact they’re pretty easy to get except we don’t get all the different kinds. The stuff I miss – Violet Crumble, Caramello Koalas but I think Tim Tams are the best… I didn’t think Fairy Bread was specifically Australian until I saw this!

  • Tim Tams are one of my favourite things on earth.  My brother lives in Melbourne {Swoon!  J’adore Melbourne!} & when I went to visit him a few years ago, I’m pretty sure that 75% of my suitcase on the way back was filled with packets of that amazing chocolatey goodness. 

    I’ve seen Tim Tams for sale in Canadian supermarkets, but I don’t think I’ve ever come across them here in France.  However, I was just on vacation in Brittany, staying in a little seaside town called Saint Michel Chef-Chef, which is known for its “biscuiterie”.  So of course we went by the shop to stock up on buttery galettes, but I was speechless when I discovered the following:,11118,18,54,343.htm

    Sssh!  Don’t tell Arnott’s {unless you want to be responsible for a major international lawsuit!}

  • Amy

    Love, love, love Tim Tams.  So thankful that you can buy them at Cost Plus World Market!  Will definitely attack a bag of those come December.  Pavlova is a wonderful treat too.  I’ve thought about trying to make it one day, but haven’t.  Maybe I’ll make an attempt this fall!

  • Yummy!!! 🙂

  • TIM TAMS! Om nom nom. I became obsessed with them in NZ. Sooo good.

    But don’t tell the Kiwis you’re calling pavlova a Aussie dessert! They like to lay claim to that sweet treat, too.

  • I’m such a sucker for sweet things…fairy bread looks like the cutest thing for a kid! If shipping costs weren’t so ridic I’d say let’s trade some Spanish sweets for some Aussie ones!

  • Wait, I thought Pavlova was a New Zealand thing!

  • Wait, I thought Pavlova was a New Zealand thing!

  • Anonymous

    I actually prefer Mint Slices–but I’m learning from the comments that I am definitely in the minority!

  • Anonymous

    My mom actually found Mint Slices and Tim Tams for me before I came to Australia, and gave them to me as part of my Australia-themed Christmas present. I love the Mint Slices–they’re like a better version of Thin Mints!
    Fairy bread=winner. And so easy to make yourself!

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Seriously–so good, so simple. Not so healthy…but whatevs!

  • Anonymous

    I’m hoping to get the recipe so that I can learn to make them myself!

  • Anonymous

    Haven’t had Lamington’s from the supermarket–just homemade, although there are some in the window of the bakery that I pass every day that I might have to try! I’ll definitely be bringing some mint slices home to share 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Like I said…I’m a mint slice kind of girl!

  • Anonymous

    Haha I can’t buy the mint slices–because I know that I’ll eat the entire package far too quickly!!!

  • Anonymous

    Ohhhh I haven’t heard of that–need to try it before winter is over!

  • Anonymous

    Violet Crumble! I think I need to do a “best australian candy bar” post as well! I love the honeycomb stuff down here 🙂

  • Anonymous

    How funny!!! I know that my mom found Mint Slices and Tim Tams in Cost Plus in the American store Cost Plus–but I’d never seen the Arnott’s brand outside of that!

  • Anonymous

    Yup, that’s where my mom found Tim Tams and Mint Slices for my Australian-themed Christmas present! Love Cost Plus! I’m going to try and learn to make Lamingtons–we’ll see how I go!

  • Anonymous

    So good!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve heard debates about the origins of pavlova…it certainly may have originated in NZ, but they have a pretty good version in Oz!

  • Anonymous

    Ahhhh….if only you could ship churros and hot chocolate!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve heard a few different stories…either way, you can find it in all its deliciousness in Australia!

  • Do you get the “Toffee Pops” biscuits in Australia. These are my favourites in NZ!

  • Anonymous

    Mmmm mint slices. You’ll always find a pack opened and half missing in my house. I love all these sweets and would love to see you do a post recapping your fave Australian lollies. I have a few I can think of…the chocolate here is awesome. I’ve also come to appreciate more desserts that use Passion fruit and Mango since moving to Sydney. Noms! 

  • Anonymous

    Haven’t seen those yet–will keep my eyes open!

  • Anonymous

    Definitely need to do an Australian candy post–I love Violet Crumbles! I ate my first passionfruit last weekend…so. good.

  • All new to me — except for the Tim Tams of course!!

  • Anonymous

    You’ve got to find some Australian mates in Vegas–if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’d love it!

  • Rajasthan Tours Operator

    wow very nice australian food very good

  • Rajasthan Tours

    very testy food . nice

  • Rajasthan Tours

    very testy food . nice

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  • rhea gaskins

    i will be making these

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