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Are you a fan or a hater of Marmite? - is there a middle ground?

Asked by Chrissi85 (1065 points ) November 3rd, 2009

Come on people, this is a very important and relevant topic. I don’t know if you have it in America but in England, Marmite is a big deal. People are either ‘Oh Marmite, how I want it’s sticky babies’ or ‘Marmite! The Devils gastric fluids!’ .. In fact the entire advertising campaign is based on this idea ‘Marmite, you either love it or you hate it’ .. now I don’t love it, I don’t want to spread it on my pets or marry it, but neither do I want to blast it into space. I will eat it, I am eating it now, as I have toast and Marmite seemed like the right thing to do. Am I the only person in this world that has Marmite Middle Ground? Is it REALLY that nice? or disgusting? did I really have to ask this of busy people? Discuss.

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dpworkin's avatar

A middle ground between Threat and Menace? I’m not so sure.

toomuchcoffee911's avatar

I very much dislike Marmite.

wilma's avatar

I don’t know what it is, but if it’s anything like Vegemite then I don’t care very much for it.
I wouldn’t want it on my toast, but might enjoy it as a part of a recipe, such as added to a soup or stew.

oratio's avatar

It’s a salty British thing right?

trailsillustrated's avatar

blechhh gag I would much rather have vegemite and butter mmmmm

Chrissi85's avatar

Yeah it’s like Vegemite I assume. Black tarry salty stuff full of iron and healthy goo. See so far the responses are either ‘what and why?’ or ‘Ewww’ ... @wilma my friend adds it to food for people that despise it and they never seem to notice it’s there

trailsillustrated's avatar

its more like nutella ewwww whereas vegemite is just savouryyyy gooood and hangover cure extraordinare

wilma's avatar

When I visited Australia, I had Vegemite plain on toast. I didn’t care for it.
But when my hostess put it in the soup, I loved the soup. Goodness disguised I guess.

trailsillustrated's avatar

the trick is butter. lots of butter while the toast is hot, so it’s all melty, then a thin coating of vegemite mmmmm yum yum

Chrissi85's avatar

Thats what you do with Marmite aswell

Chrissi85's avatar

@pdworkin I’m not sure savoury spreads have ever threatened or menaced me.. have you had a bad experience you are not sharing?

Chrissi85's avatar

@trailsillustrated Marmite is savoury and nothing like Nutella, which I am also holding the middle ground on. I’m like the Switzerland of things you put on bread.

fireinthepriory's avatar

Ugh. I dislike marmite intensely. I think I’d be fine with it in a soup or what have you, but never spread on toast. I really just dislike the taste of it. Of course I’m american, and never had it growing up, so you can chalk it up to that.

British marmite is the same as the Vegemite in New Zealand and Australia. NZ/Aussie marmite is different.

evegrimm's avatar

Oh, so you’re supposed to use a lot of butter?

Hmm, that might actually be yummy.

I don’t dislike it, but up until now I have preferred other things.

Why is someone against Nutella? Chocolate + hazelnut = best thing ever.

trailsillustrated's avatar

I think it’s different. now I’m homesick I’m gonna go cry-nutella baaarf

Jude's avatar

I don’t mind it. It’s an acquired taste.

Chrissi85's avatar

@jmah there it is! ‘I don’t mind it’ the perfect neutral reaction I was looking for

Leanne1986's avatar

@Chrissi85 I am a middle grounder too! I enjoy Marmite on toast every so often but it’s not an obsession. I also enjoy Bovril and Vegemite!

JONESGH's avatar

Isn’t it made from like beer…sludge?

nebule's avatar

yes I too sit on the fence…I like it…in moderation

Austinlad's avatar

My first and last taste of the foul stuff was during my first trip to London, when a “friend” talked me into taking a spoonful. Eeewwwwwyuck !!!

SuperMouse's avatar

I would say that, not having any idea what marmite even is, I am happily settled into the middle ground of not caring a single bit.

oratio's avatar

Weird name though. It does sound like something that could explode or kill a plant, doesn’t it?

trailsillustrated's avatar

bovril!!! wah boo hoo blubber I’m sooo home sick

Unexpected_Rain's avatar

For those lucky enough not to know what Marmite is = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmite

Personally, I can’t stand the stuff!

ccrow's avatar

My son likes it- I’ve never tasted it, seems gross to me. Now, Nutella… just bring me a spoon & keep the bread.

janbb's avatar

My husband grew up on Marmite – I rest my case.

RedMosquitoMM's avatar

Is this a European thing? I can’t believe I’ve never heard of a food product that inspires such conversation…I certainly love my good eats!

aprilsimnel's avatar

Eh, I’m not partial to either Marmite or Vegemite, but I’ve had both. Vegemite is more tangy, I’d say.

RareDenver's avatar

I really like Marmite, especially Marmite on toast with grilled cheese on top and a dash of Lea & Perrins.

In fact I have a limited edition jar of Marston’s Pedigree Marmite (made with yeast from the official beer of England Cricket) in the cupboard as we speak. A picture of one just like it

Strange that I don’t like Twiglets though because I think they are just Marmite flavoured snacks.

YARNLADY's avatar

No hate, no love – never heard of it.

Psychedelic_Zebra's avatar

this just proves my theory that people will put just about anything in their mouth.

Leanne1986's avatar

@RareDenver Lea & Perrins is one of the best things ever invented in my humble opinion!!!

RareDenver's avatar

@Leanne1986 it’s the condiment of the gods

Chrissi85's avatar

@oratio that made my day =)

CM89's avatar

Love it, love it, love it!

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