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So polarised a product that it was once renamed "I Hate" for a series of commercials, Marmite is the Napoleon Dynamite of foods, or for a music lover like myself, the Smashing Pumpkins. There's no such answer as "It's okay," you either love it or you don't. (For the record, I'm a massive Pumpkins fan, but thought ND was one of the worst movies I've ever seen).
It's a dark brown, almost black, treacle-like substance which is made from yeast extract. It looks like and has the consistency of congealed engine oil. It tastes bitter and leaves a strong aftertaste in your mouth. So far so good? On the plus side, it's 100% vegetarian and high in B vitamins. In other words, it's good for you.
What to do with it? You spread it on toast. That's pretty much it. I used to have marmite sandwiches at school but I find it better with toast, as the consistency of the bread seems to more complement the strong flavour.
So do I love it or hate it? I think it's great. It's one of those things that makes you want to brush your teeth, but despite that you feel healthy after eating it. It's difficult to find where I live in Japan (though when I moved into my first apartment, I found two and a half jars left behind by the previous teacher, with a Japanese translation stuck over the original English, meaning they were for sale in an import store somewhere - in seven years since I've been unable to find the store he bought them in) so a jar made it into my suitcase after my most recent trip home. And I don't regret the space it took up, I'd buy it again.
I'd recommend Marmite to anyone, but be warned, at least 50% of you will hate it.
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bread when spreading the lovely thick goo. The end of travelling without your little tub of yummy goodness. For now there is a new jar in town. It squeezes, it drizzles, it doesn't make a mess and if you hold it close, you may even hear it whisper I Love You. Marmite spread is made from yeast extract the richest natural source of B vitamins. It is a low fat food and is very low in sugar. www.marmite.co.uk Product formulations may vary and consumers should always check the actual product label.