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Marmite: Love It or Hate It?

While in Seattle for a hot minute during Starbucks Coffee College, I stopped into The Crumpet Shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market, where I tried Marmite for the first time on top of a crumpet. Marmite, a savory spread made from yeast extract, is famous for its polarizing flavor; in fact, its marketing slogan is "Love it or hate it." Although I was told I'd have a strong reaction after trying the English export, I was left feeling surprisingly ambivalent. Marmite has an extremely concentrated umami flavor reminiscent of an ultra thick soy sauce, with the pronounced aftertaste of a really stinky cheese. I'm not particularly fond of the aftertaste, but otherwise find it pretty palatable. If you've tried it, what do you think of it?

GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
Never had it.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
love vegemite, never had marmite....
nuckles nuckles 7 years
I LOVE marmite! I used to eat it by the spoonful on its own, but now I have it everyday on toast with margarine...yum! It's definitely something you would probably only appreciate if you're brought up on it. I find most kiwis like marmite, and most aussies like vegemite. Even though my mum is an australian, I'm a true New Zealander and cant get enough of marmite!
skigurl skigurl 7 years
never had it, but the overwhelming taste of soy sauce on anything i don't enjoy, so i am not sure i'd like this
Sunshine-Makes-Me-Happy Sunshine-Makes-Me-Happy 7 years
I've never tried marmite, but I pretty much grew up on Vegemite! (I'm from Australia)
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 7 years
socalbeachgal- i'd say that's pretty true as i cannot stand peanut butter! but i know it's crazily loved in america!
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I've tried both Vegemite and Marmite and didn't care for either. I was told it's like peanut butter, you have to grow up with them to appreciate them!!
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
How weird! I always thought vegemite and things like that were sweet! Never had it before.
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 7 years
i'm from the uk and i am a massive lover of marmite!! so are my dad and sister, but my mum and boyfriend hate the stuff!! not to be confused with the aussie vegimite - which is repulsive as far as i'm concerned!! marmite - best on toast with lots of butter/spread made into soldiers and dipped in a semi hard boiled egg :)
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