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.