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Jan 24, 2010 06:41 PM

Marmite [moved from Quebec board]

I checked out the website ( out if curiosity.. I first thought it was something like Nutella! lol
The ingredient list is rather surprising... can anyone elaborate on what it tastes like?
* Yeast Extract
* Salt
* Vegetable Extract
* Niacin
* Thiamin
* Spice Extracts
* Riboflavin
* Folic Acid
* Celery Extract
* Vitamin B12

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  1. Not to put too fine a point on it, kaka. IMHO, of course. Obviously not everyone agrees with that assessment. All of which is to say that you probably shouldn't buy a big jar until you've had the opportunity to decide for yourself..

    1. No no no! Marmite is amazing and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

      Okay fine - it's a little weird. I'm English though - so I've been eating it since I was a wee boy. But I can see why people don't like it. In fact - one of their advertising campaigns was ''Marmite - you either love it or you hate it.".

      It looks kind of like treacle - thick, goopy black syrup. But it has a very deep salty flavour. The Japanese would say it is very umami, which is the descriptive word meaning savoriness. Think beef stock or French onion soup. It's kind of hard to explain the flavour. Just go ahead and try it.

      By the way you spread it VERY thinly on hot buttered toast. Spread it like you would nutella and you'lll either hate it or you'll HATE it.

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      1. re: NickMontreal

        Funny that. Of the people I know who like Marmite/Vegemite, about 95% first ate it as a child. And of the people I know who hate it, about the same percentage didn't encounter it until they were adults. My first taste occurred when I was in my 20s and I've never really quite recovered.

        1. re: carswell

          That is interesting! Perhaps a love for Marmite is one of those things you have to catch while young to be in the clear. Like chicken pox.

          1. re: carswell

            I had it for the first time when I was about 18 and I loved it immediately. I always think of anchovies when I eat it even though it doesn't have a fishy taste, IMO.

            Hadn't had in a long time but I bought a little jar at World Market recently and have been enjoying it on buttered toast.


            1. re: tcamp

              How interesting that you compare it to anchovies, since I just read that anchovies are another "umami" food, loaded with naturally occurring glutamates. I may have to give a teeny, tiny bit of Marmite a try sometime, when I'm feeling brave.

            2. re: carswell

              I find this is often the case for peanut butter, Carswell. Anyone I know who had an English mother didn't eat pb s'wiches growing up and they don't like it as adults. Purely anecdotal, and of course, there are likely millions of exceptions.

              1. re: cinnamon girl

                I agree with you there - English here, can't stand the stuff and my kids won't eat it either

                1. re: smartie

                  for me, both PB and Marmite are great additions to soups.
                  I use PB when making West African peanut stew.
                  I use Marmite instead of soup cubes to get a great "umami" flavour.

                  I am OK with eating either spread on bread / toast, but they are not my first favourites.

          2. Its lovely when spread on hot buttered toast thinly Operative word being thinly as too much is too intense a flavour for most. Thoough I will admit to being a bit heavy handed on it nowadays. That being sadi, it is an acquired taste and you will either love it or hate it as the company themselves admit but then there is nothing better than toast with butter and marmite to go with a cuppa tea or coffee.

            just buy the smallest jar you can find.

            Enjoy your experience if you do decide to try it.

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            1. re: Razzmut

              But even if a person didn't like it on it's own, would it not be good to put in things you were cooking? Is it used like that?

              Oops . . . sorry - I should read all the posts first. Smartie answered this question.

            2. as others say it's hard to describe it is a salty aromatic condiment for toast or bread and butter but a dollop is also good in soups or stews. It tastes a little bit like Miso. Spread very thinly or it will be too overpowering. I am also English so am used to it.

              1. With the deepest respect to the ones who adore this product, Marmite is the result and remains from breweries. It is the remaining sludge that is not fit for animal consumption. I personally rate the product along the lines of balut in tastiness.

                There was a version of Marmite made from the sludge of Guiness that was a bit more palatable.

                For those that vehemently disagree with me on this, I ask how you would rate the venerable Vegemite.

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                1. re: DallasDude

                  Vegemite is Marmite without the kick