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Jun 9, 2007 07:46 PM

vegemite and twisties

where can i buy vegemite and australian food in vegemite.......going over to see my boyfriend in toronto and will be homesick for good old aussie foods??? can someone please help???

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  1. Hit up a COBS Bread Bakery - same as Baker's Delight - they have cheesymites.

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    1. re: T.O.chowfan

      Cheers, I love cheesymites, Ido hope they taste the same.
      How about Milo do they have Milo?????

      1. re: louloula

        Correct me if I am wrong, but Milo is the malt drink (like Ovaltine) with an orange colour label and "Milo" written a bit askew in blue? If so, Asian grocery stores will sometimes carry it. I can't recall exactly which store(s) have them in stock... if your bf lives downtown, he can try the larger grocery stores on either side of Spadina (north of Dundas). If he's in the 'burbs, I would recommend checking out the larger stores like T&T or Big Land.

        1. re: Juniper

          Milo is the one with the green tin. Ovaltine is the jar with the blue lettering. Yes, you can find Milo in most Chinese grocery stores in the burbs.

          1. re: cecilia

            It is a little strange b ut we do have Milo in Australia that is actually made in Australia by Nestle and in cheaper food outlets that specialises in cheap overseas products we have Milo made in the Pillipines so that could be the Milo the foreign version.....doesnt taste quite the same. But I may have to ive it a whirl to get my Milo fix.

          2. re: Juniper

            Milo is in a green tin and without soundin rude it tastes so much better then Ovaltine, and thanks I will ask him as he is in Bolton and I presume that is in the suburbs???
            Have you Wagon Wheels in Canada...a big biscuit with jam and marshmello and jam in the centre and the intire thin covered in chocolate??????

            1. re: louloula

              I am not sure that there are many Asian grocery stores in Bolton as there aren't a big Chinese population there. When we say burbs in the GTA, we usually mean Richmond Hill, Markham, Scarborough, etc. Bolton is a bit further away. Richmond Hill and Vaughan would probably be the closest burbs where you can find Asian grocery stores.

              1. re: cecilia

                thanks for the clarification, i will have fun getting lost wilst sightseeing.

              2. re: louloula

                Yes, we have Wagon Wheels. Can be found in just about any large grocery store, in boxes of 6 (or 8?), as well as in plenty of convenience stores individually packaged or in boxes.

        2. Just bring some with you. Vegemite can be found here and there (in Loblaws in teeny, tiny jars), I've never seen Twisties (but - if I'm thinking of the right product - I'm sure you can find a local powdered cheese/extruded starch equivalent). And make sure you put down the Vegemite long enough to enjoy all of the other cuisines that Toronto offers!

          Bienvenue and bon appetit, cobber.

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          1. re: artgeek

            Thanks for that 'artgeek'. Ihave sent aolt of Aussie products already to my boyfriend, but, alas he seems to love aussie foods and has sampled most of them. Twisties sound so much nicer then "powdered cheese extruded starch. I definately sample the other cuisines in Toronto, but, nothing beats vegemite, beetroot, cheese and onion sanga's.mmmmmm

            1. re: louloula

              Vegemite, cheese, lettuce and potato chip (salt & vinegar, natch) used to be my favourite, will have to try your beetroot version now! Cheers.

              1. re: artgeek

                Artgeek, try peanut butter {super crunchy}, banana, honey, and plain crinkle cut chips [crisps] for a yummy you guys have nutrigrain breakfast cereal or a weetbix equivilent????

                1. re: louloula

                  Pure evil (must try!).

                  Can't help with Nutrigrain - I've only seen it as breakfast bars, not in cereal form. On visual inspection Weetabix is probably the closest equivalent you can get to Weetbix.

                    1. re: artgeek

                      if weetabix is the same then if you haven't already tried, then give this a whirl, a weetbix spread with butter not margarine then peanutbutter then jam[strawberry] or ontop of the peanut butter top with sliced banana and drizzle lightly with honey....very delish when you are havin the munchi attacks.

                      1. re: artgeek

                        Arteek, know of any romantic eateries in Bolton where my b/f lives or in Toronto I would like to surprise him when i finally get there in 43 days.

                2. re: artgeek

                  Artgeek, are you sure about Vegemite at Loblaws? My local ones carry only Marmite, which Ozzies won't touch (and Brits won't go near the veg version). I know I've seen it around, but rarely, though (being a Brit by birth) I don't look for it.

                  1. re: DylS

                    In truth no, I'm not sure. I've seen it at the Lakeshore Loblaws many times on previous visits, but haven't been there on a Vegemite search for at least a year (due to a stockpile of the real stuff acquired from downunder!).

                    1. re: artgeek

                      On a recent hunt for Vegemite, I must have gone to a combination of at least 10 different Loblaws (and Superstores), Sobeys, Food Basics and Dominions as well as any little specialty food stores I came across with absolutely NO LUCK for either Marmite or Vegemite. It wasn't until I went to Whole Foods that I finally found small jars of Marmite. No luck with Tim Tams either, although we did find them completely by accident at a Superstore in Calgary of all places.

                      1. re: sgogo

                        If Vegemite is the one with the yellow label, then there is a little fruit & veg market just to the east of the Sobeys (between Woodbine and Main) on the Danforth that carries it. They keep it on display behind the cash register area. I would bet they sell it a lot cheaper than Whole Foods.

                        1. re: sgogo

                          Wait - I Wikipedia'd both, and it's actually Marmite they sell there. My bad - sorry. :)

                          1. re: sgogo

                            Stores in the Loblaws chain always carry Marmite, and so does IGA, but look in the baking section, near the packaged yeast, not in jams and spreads. The "yeast extract" on the label confuses the stockboys :)

                            If a small jar isn't enough to satisfy one's craving, the Spice House in Kensington Market often has the 500 mL jars. (And Nutty Chocolatier carries Twiglets. )

                    2. Hi Louloula!

                      Bring the Vegemite with you. There is NO Vegemite to be found in Toronto. My husband is an Aussie so you would be amazed at what efforts we've gone to discover the following: Vegemite is basically contraband in North America due to the high level of folic acid.

                      The FDA in the U.S. doesn't allow for the import of Vegemite into the States (which is where Canadian suppliers usually get theirs) as the level of folic acid in any food product is strictly "monitored." The Vegemite product exceeds FDA approved levels so it's contraband.

                      The occasional jar found anywhere is old stock (and highly prized).

                      My husband's cousin was coming to Toronto for a student exchange and brought 2 jars with her. At LAX a classmate had her luggage searched and her jar was confisacated! Luckily, our cousin got both jars in so we've got enough for the next year.

                      Bring yours in the luggage but be aware that it may get snatched if you're coming through the U.S.

                      Hope that helps!

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                      1. re: Kai

                        Thanks Kai,
                        I was lucky enough to send some ahead to my b/f but i will be possibly be flyin with AirChina and there is no stop over in America just one in Taipei.
                        I am bringng lots, vegemite comes in a tube now so easy to travel with.
                        I know I will get homesick, do you know of where I can get Tim Tams??

                        1. re: louloula

                          I know it may seem blasphemous, but since you are visiting, not immigrating, you could temporarily forgo your Australian staples and enjoy the many, many foodstuffs Canada has to offer. :)

                          1. re: DylS

                            No offence taken, I am actually coming to Canada to see the love of my life and immigration is in the books...but, fear not I will definately enjoy Canada's vast cuisine.
                            In my defence I am youn and travellin on my own and I will get homesick so searching for Aussie foods to comfort is not so bad is it?????

                            1. re: louloula

                              Well, yes and no. Our foods are pretty similar--same culture and all. If I were going to the wilds of, say, Vietnam, I might want to take something familiar to my tastebuds. If I were going to Sydney -- or London or Rome-- it wouldn't occur to me to take along any of my familiar Canadian treats. The food isn't exotically different.

                              Nevertheless, you can find a lot of English goods in Canada--stores like the Nutty Chocolatier in Toronto have an English section, mostly sweets but also soups, pickles, crisps, etc. , or try Sugar Mountain for sweet stuff. If there's a close English equivalent to something Australian (like Tim Tams? I dunno), then you could likely find it here.

                          2. re: louloula

                            Tim Tams have also disappeared from the stores here. Haven't seen them for a couple of years.

                            1. re: estufarian

                              Twisties sound an awful like Cheesies tho we don't have chicken flavour, just powdery cheese-food bi-product.

                              1. re: Edith S

                                cheesies could be it, we also have cheezles and they are in a shape of a large ring, is that similar to cheesies???

                                1. re: louloula

                                  I saw a photo online of Twisties and they look very similar. Ours are just a bit shorter and just "cheese food" flavour.

                              2. re: estufarian

                                i will have to bring plenty but do you have an equivelant biscuit to Tim Tams?

                                1. re: louloula

                                  Penguins are the English version of Tim Tams, (but not exactly the same, and definitely not as good!). I'm assuming Penguins can be found where English goods are sold?

                                  In Britain you can now buy Tim Tams in one of the major supermarket chains. (Can't remember whether it was Tesco or Sainsbury). My friend actually used to bring Tim Tams from England to California. Fortunately the store "Cost Plus World Market" has started stocking them, but I don't think they are in Canada.

                                  I would definitely pack some Tim Tams, even if you can find Penguins it would be worthwhile to do a taste-off.

                                  For biscuit lovers everywhere, you should know about the following website, great fun!


                                  Nicey is featuring Wagon Wheels this week!

                                  1. re: louloula

                                    Just to thow in my $0.02, there's a candy store at 1560 Yonge (north of St. Clair) called Mother's Sweet and Nut that specializes in Brit sweets. You may have luck with Tim Tams or Penguins there. I've loaded up on Lion Bars, Yorkies & the like. HOWEVER, still cannot find Vegemite to save my life. Marmite is everywhere but Veg, nada. If anyone has a recent sighting, pls give the word & I'll make the trek anywhere in the city to load up. Otherwise, it's back to begging the relatives & paying an arm & a leg for postage...

                                2. re: louloula

                                  I found an old Chow post from 2007 where someone had found Tim Tams at a Real Canadian Superstore. Might be worth calling the nearest one to see if they have them.

                                  I think I saw Vegemite at the British Store in Eglinton Square (Mrs. something's British Bakery...I can never remember the exact name), but that would be pretty far from Bolton. I also thought I saw it at Highland Farms here in Scarborough, but that would possibly have been before it was banned...I hadn't heard about that. You could probably call them to see. It's on Ellesmere near Kennedy.


                                  Edited to add: Oops, I see estufarian had already posted. Mrs. Bridges' British Bakery. At least I know the name now, and also that I didn't imagine seeing it there.

                                  Edited again to add: Oh good lord, I've just posted a two-year-old link in response to a two-year-old request. I feel like such a noob.

                                3. re: Kai

                                  Also posted on other Aussie thread.
                                  Vegemite available at Mrs. Bridges’ British Bakery in Eglinton Square

                                  Mrs Bridges' British Bakery
                                  1 Eglinton Square Scarborough ON

                                  1. re: estufarian

                                    Vegemite: Ring them up (Mrs. Bridges British Bakery) before driving. When I went they only had 2 jars of vegemite left and I bought one of the two. 3.15 for a small jar. According to the lady, it is a big seller

                                    Tim Tams: Loblaws at Bayview Center on Sheppard/Bayview. I checked last week and they had plenty.

                                    Coopers Beer: LCBO also at Bayview Centre had Coopers Sparkling Ale from good old Adelaide 3 weeks ago.

                                    In NYC I was able to find Vegemite and TimTams (dark chocolate, regular, mints) at the Tuck Shop on East 1st St (Corner 1st Ave) but they charged more than double (6.50 for vegemite and Tim Tams)

                                    1. re: rrs

                                      Ok, so thanks a lot for the tip on Mrs. Bridges British Bakery. I went for a bit of a hike from downtown to Scarborough after being led astray from an old post saying Loblaws in Queens Quay stocked vegemite (they are now discontinued and only stock marmite.)
                                      I gave her a buzz beforehand to check I wasn't about to waste my time and managed to pick up the 150g jars (I don't think I've ever bought vegemite in such small quantities) but for $5.99 each.
                                      If a family member talks you out of packing vegemite in your suitcase assuring you that you can get vegemite anywhere, ignore them. (Damn you dad!)

                                  2. re: Kai

                                    Hey there - I'm happy to report that the FDA ban is total myth. You can order online from several places in the USA and find it in some larger supermarkets.

                                  3. I know tis reply is dated, but for any looking for vegemite in toronto you can find it at Irish food stores. There are many downtown, just google it.
                                    Other than those I get mine (115g for about 6 dollars) at "A BIT OF HOME"

                                    600 Burnhamthorpe Rd West
                                    Unit 4
                                    Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
                                    L5B 2C4


                                    1. As of May 2008 I can confirm two places:
                                      1. Toronto Beach; The Nutty Chocolatier; 2179 Queen St.East
                                      2.. Etobicoke: White House Meats ; 2978 Bloor St W

                                      In both cases it's right at the very back on an incongruous shelf stocking imported foods.
                                      They both sell the 150g jars for CAD$6.99

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                                      1. re: blackfrancis75

                                        For the record, the nutty chocolatier has marmite, not vegemite...... the search continues.......

                                        1. re: pancake

                                          See my post above about Mrs. Bridges. But ring first as its a fast seller (as per the lady working there)