Chris Schulz is the deputy head of entertainment for the New Zealand Herald.

Cookie Monster loves Tim Tams, hates Vegemite

Cookie Monster says Tim Tams might be his new favourite biscuit. Photo / Supplied
Cookie Monster says Tim Tams might be his new favourite biscuit. Photo / Supplied

Cookie Monster says he has found some of the world's best cookies during a visit Down Under - but he's not a fan of brown yeast spreads like Vegemite.

The iconic Sesame Street character, who is in Australia with his buddy Elmo for Elmo's World Tour, is usually found stuffing his face with "classic" chocolate chip cookies.

But Cookie Monster told he had discovered Tim Tams - an Australian brand in which two biscuits are sealed together with chocolate and come in a range of flavours - since arriving in Oz, and he was loving them.

"We've been exploring a little bit, taking in the sights and sounds ... and cookies," Cookie Monster said on the phone from Melbourne.

"Me have a big pile of Tim Tams right here. The white ones and the originals. They're delicious ... Me like Tim Tams."

But Cookie Monster said he was struggling to develop a taste for another classic Antipodean food, Vegemite.

"Me not sold on the Vegemite. Me not sure what's going on there with the Vegemite.

"Maybe one day me try it. Me not afraid of trying new foods."

Cookie Monster, who admitted in 2010 that he didn't just eat cookies after claims he was promoting obesity, said he was starting to enjoy vegetables.

"Me not only eat cookies. Me like vegetables, fruits, carrots are yummy. Me like the crunch."

Elmo, who has visited New Zealand before but won't be making the trip over for his current tour, said the only thing that made him sad was when his friends got sick.

"When they're sick Elmo tries to make them happy. I play games to make them feel better. I'm happiest when everybody is happy.

Both admitted they were big Flight of the Conchords fans, and were game for a bungy jump if they ever came to New Zealand together.

* Sesame Street screens on Four at 6am and 2pm every week day.

- Herald online

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