Fix Me A Snack

A blog created by a mom who got sick of feeding her kids crackers and ice cream

Not long ago, I caught an episode of Andrew Zimmerman’s Bizarre Foods. This particular episode was all about the culinary delights of Australia. Marmite was given a large chunk of air time including an interview with a couple of boys who ate it on buttered toast at least twice a day as a snack.

I decided it was time to see what all the fuss was about. So I picked some up at the store. I buttered some toast. And I was so scared that I suckered my 4-year-old into tasting it before I did. Bad mommy.

It smells pleasant enough, reminding me of molasses. But the taste was not to our liking in the least. It reminded me of fermentation experiments I’ve encountered that have gone horribly wrong. It’s too bad because Marmite is packed with B vitamins. It stands as a shining example of the fact that kids can enjoy all kinds of foods if they are exposed to them regularly when they are young.


  1. Thanks for the marmite introduction! I’ve been curious about it – I’m guessing my kids wouldn’t like it either. But I’d like to give it a try. Maybe sneak it into a homemade gingersnap recipe?

  2. Be careful Micaela. Marmite does not strike me as a “sneakable” ingredient. It is *mighty* powerful stuff.

  3. Part of the problem might have been that you used a relatively heavy hand with the Marmite–I really like it, but wouldn’t dream of putting that much on a single slice of bread. In the very bottom of the picture it looks like you’ve got it about right–there should be a bit of toast showing under the spread.

    Marmite and cheese (or Marmite and avocado) sandwiches are one of my very favorite comfort foods. Give it another go–just don’t use quite so much!

  4. What about VEGEMITE that IS the great Aussie spread? Although I think the stats for liking it without being bathed in it as a youngster is about 1 in 100.

  5. Alice
    9:43 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Vegemite is definitely the superior spread. You need to use a lot less than you did, though. Just a few small scrapings on hot buttered toast. Yum!

    From an Australian reader.

  6. I figured that I had used too much after I tasted it. I was trying to show no fear with the generous spread, but it backfired. Thanks for confirming.

  7. Rochelle
    5:50 pm on December 7th, 2010

    I am from South Africa (now Canadian), and we ate this all the time as a snack. There is definitely too much Marmite spread on that bread! We also used to eat it on toast with cheese, and for a really great flavour combination: Marmite, cheese and syrup! Yum!

  8. I was disappointed when I first tasted it too. However, I’ve recently run into a few soup recipes that add a T or two as a flavor enhancer. That may be a way to use up the rest of your jar (and get in some extra B vitamins.)

  9. zoe
    4:50 am on December 19th, 2010

    I have to say that photo is of a quite thick spreading of marmite. I doubt I could eat that, but spread thinner on a layer of spreadable butter, I love it.
    Have even tried the marmite chocolate, and for me THAT was a FAIL!

  10. All these comments on the thickness of the marmite *almost* have me wanting to give it another go.

  11. no wonder you didn’t like it! Not only is there WAY too much on there, think very thin spread so it is mostly see through but vegemite is SO much yummier. I don’t like Marmite either but love me a vegemite, cheese and lettuce sandwich!

  12. Laura
    6:08 am on January 29th, 2011

    Firstly as an Australian i don’t know anybody who eats Marmite. We all eat Vegemite and i eat it AT least once a day. And like all the comments mentioned, way, way too much marmite. Reduce to at least 1/4 to get used to the taste, and lots and lots of butter….

  13. Melanie
    4:54 am on January 30th, 2011

    As another Australian reader, I second (third? fourth? fifth?) that about Marmite being not-particularly-Australian. Isn’t it a British spread? Anyway, it’s Vegemite all the way here… except I actually don’t like it (terribly unAustralian!) but my kids do. Oh, and yes, dont know about Marmite, but Vegemite is definitely to be spread *thinly*!
    Ps, have just found your blog, and I like it a lot!