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Despite my very unbiased review on original Marmite (see my reviews) and concluding I hated it, I am reviewing Marmite cheddar bites because I like the Marmite taste but it is far to overwhelming in its original form. I decided that I may be able to get my nutritional yeasty fix this way instead.
I picked these up at my local Sainsbury's for £1.32. They are with the cheese and come in a bright yellow net with a black label stating the nutritional information:
Calories (all info is per cheese) 81 (4%)
Sugars Trace (<1%)
Fat 6.7g (10%)
Saturates 4.4g (22%)
Salt 0.4g (7%)
They're not the worst cheese in the world - I would personally recommend no more than two in one sitting. They keep quite a long time. The date is 27/05/12 and mine are dated to the beginning of August.
They cheeses are individually wrapped and look a little like mini jars of Marmite. The packaging is in two parts - a black platic bottom piece and a cling film/clear plastic top piece that appears vacuum packed onto it. Both the top and bottom meet at the lower end of the circumference of the cheese in a rounded off point. They are loose and are peeled apart. The packaging can be fiddly. Having read other reviews, I have not seen anyone else have a problem with these, but my attempt in opening them resulted in me losing the lose tab at the end and having to get my nails in to pry it open. I got in, however!
What you are greeted with is a cheddar cheese a tiny bit bigger in diameter than a two-pound coin. It is quite thick (maybe 1.5cm) and the cheese gives off a cheesey smell with a hint of yeasty beef. It is off-yellow in colour, kind of like mustard.
The texture of it is weird, but not unpleasant. It is soft yet solid and it crumbles nicely but doesn't fall apart and it is gooey. The taste of Marmite is not quite faint but it is most definitely not strong. I hate original Marmite as I find it bitter, but I enjoyed my cheese.
Obviously these cheeses are not suitable for vegans like original Marmite, but I believe these cheddar bites are vegetarian (not all cheese is, believe it or not). One Dooyooer mentioned she frequently gets through an entire net in one sitting. I do not advise this even slightly because that's 110% of your RDA of saturates right there. Try not to get addicted!
My wife purchased these primarily for the children to take on picnics however as soon as I saw these hiding in my fridge I decided I must take the bull by the horns and do a taste test for my little angels !
I am a marmite lover but so far all the spin off products I have tried I have not been that impressed by and to say these were no exception is to put it mildly!
What are they?
I am sure everyone is familiar with mini baby bell and these are a similar idea 5 little cheeses in a net wrapped in the iconic marmite colours at the time my wife bought these they were on offer at 99p however they normally retail at around £1.29 to £1.49 which is expensive .
The product is basically small cheddar flavoured with Marmite I agree that these are a good idea for a lunchbox however for what it is its extremely expensive and at 81calories and 4.4g of fat not really that good.
I was bought up on cheese and marmite sandwiches so that probably explains why I think these are a waste of time! I do not feel that the cheese and marmite mixed combination has been done well both flavour stands out well and I feel that the extra you pay to have this done for you are really not worth it.
I have to say neither myself or daughter were impressed by these and for the cost of them I would recommend either cheese and marmite sandwiches or just cubes of plain cheddar instead far cheaper and more satisfying
I got these once in Sainsburys when they were on offer for £1.00. They usually cost around £1.30 and you get about 6 individually wrapped cheesy bites for that price.
The cheese themselves are individually wrapped in cute little plastic marmite wrappers, with a tab to pull the plastic back off.
The cheese itself is a bit of a weird colour, it doesn't look too appetising. It's a browny yellow colour, and once one of the little packets is open you can smell the marmite, which I am a lover of, but it might offend others around you if they are haters! It is about the same size as a babybel.
The cheese tastes amazing. It has a strong cheese flavour, like a good mature cheddar with a massive marmite kick to it. which is really strong but really nice. The cheese is quite soft, and gets a bit sweaty if you leave it out of the fridge too long.
If you like marmite and cheese, you should really try this cheese. It's got such a distinctive flavour, and is a really nice change to boring old chunks of cheese.
The fat content of this is pretty high I think, I couldn't find the exact amounts, but it is a cheese, so it's high in fat, but they are only small chunks so it can't be that harmful, as long as you don't eat loads of them.
I wish they did this cheese in a block, I would definitely buy it.
As part of a healthy lunch, my daughter likes to take a selection of food groups (these are her words not mine!), sandwiches and crisps (with healthy meat!), fruit and a chocolate bar (for energy, before she goes out at break time to play football!) and finally a cheese, this is of course for calcium and also the fact that both of my children were mice in former lives!
Now I don't mind buying my daughter cheeses for her lunchbox, but due to how many she can get through in one sitting (up to three a day, that's if I'm not there to stop her, her Dad is a bit soft with her!), and the actually price for said cheeses, it can get a little costly, so I tend to buy cheese when on offer, hence the cheese I have here to review!
The product I will now review is- "Marmite cheddar bites".
The reason for getting these (aside from the fact they were on offer, a bag of 5 for £1.00), is the fact it combines two of my daughters favourites, cheese and Marmite, she has loved this stuff since she was a baby, she lived on it at one time!
Each cheese is vacuum packed within it's own little black plastic pouch complete with a clear plastic lid that to open just gets peeled back to reveal the cheese.
The five cheeses in the pack are then held within a yellow net, that to be fair doesn't look too impressive when being sold for the normal price (around the £1.50 mark), but at special offer price seems much more reasonable!
The first gripe I have with this product is the pouch that the cheese comes in, my daughter had come home with the same cheese for three days on the trot, so after asking her if she disliked them she revealed that she couldn't for love 'nor money get the lid off, and due to how many children the dinner ladies are in charge of there wasn't one free to help remove the lid for her!
Once removed, the cheese has to be "popped" out from it's pouch, and then you are faced with slightly odd coloured cheese, the normal yellow of a cheddar with a mottled brown effect over the top, it really doesn't look that appetising!
The smell is very strong, and I was initially worried that it would taste as strong as it smelled, which to me would have really spoiled it, I am a Marmite fan but what's the point in mixing it with cheese if it overpowers the cheddar taste!
After taking a little nibble I was pleasantly surprised. The cheese is slightly drier in texture than I expected, making it reasonable crumbly. Alongside this it is slightly more saltier than I previously thought, with the Marmite taste being distinctively there, but more as a background taste rather than it screaming Marmite at you!
Considering when I first seeing the cheese unwrapped I was convinced it was a pretty poor size, with it being a quite a bit smaller than a Babybel cheese, after eating it however, any bigger and I would have probably felt over faced, with the size it is being the perfect amount for a snack.
The nutritional information is as follows -
Trace of sugar,
4.4g of which saturates.
Due to the cheese being combined with Marmite yeast extract there are a few vitamin benefits to this cheese, namely Riboflavin, B12 and of course folic acid, which Marmite is exceedingly high in.
For more information visit - www.marmite.co.uk
Thanks for reading x
I love these Marmite Cheddar Bites and quite often buy myself a bag of 5 to snack on through the evening when I'm watching a film.
For £1.35 you get 5 small circles of cheese that have been individually wrapped like Mini Babybel cheese. The difference is that these are proper Cheddar instead of being rubbery fake tasting cheese like Babybel, and these have got the yummy flavour of Marmite in them.
The Marmite flavour isn't that strong but you can definately taste it through the cheese and it makes my mouth water every time I have a bite because it's so yummy and the 2 flavours go soooooo wicked together.
The cheddar is good quality and is lovely and creamy, it's got quite a mild taste but the flavour isn't that faint that you can't taste it over the Marmite. The Marmite makes the cheese taste a bit meaty, I have always thought the flavours of cheese and Marmite go nice together and these Bites prove it for me.
The problem is that 5 don't even last me an hour when I get the taste for them! They're so moorish that I can sit unwrapping them one after another until they've all gone, I never thought the Marmite was very strong and eventually you get to the point where you can't taste it that good anyway. But today I actually shared one with my Marmite hating sister today and she spat it out and said the Marmite taste was too strong for her.
I have always hated Marmite, ever since I was little, but for some reason, when I saw these in the supermarket, I just had to try them!
These are small, hard pieces of cheese about the size and shape of a baby bell, but they taste nothing like them! They have a very strong Marmite taste, making them very appealing to people like me, who love strong cheese! When you first try them they do actually just taste like strong cheese, however, after eating about half of one the Marmite taste becomes very overwhelming. I can't eat more than half of one in one go.
If you do like them though, they are good for the kids lunch boxes! You get about six in a pack and they are individually packaged. Also, because they are cheese, they are a good way to ensure your child is getting some calcium in their diet.
The only annoying thing I would say about them is that they can be quite hard to get out of the packet. Unlike baby bell, where you peel the packaging away from the cheese, with these you have to push the cheese out of the packet so it can often crumble and leave some in the packet.
Overall, they are good but I wouldn't really recommend them if you don't really like Marmite.
***MARMITE CHEDDAR BITES***
These yummy cheddar bites come with a lovely taste of marmite which is mixed in with the cheddar cheese. You get 5 cheddar bites which come in black plastic packaging with a clear plastic film over the top. The 5 cheddar bites are then put into a yellow net bag. They are made by Ilchester and are available to buy form good supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys. Prices may vary from store to store but they can be bought for around £1.26 from Tesco which is cheaper than other supermarkets, as they cost £1.35 in Asda and £1.33 from Sainsburys.
Each cheddar bite is 20g and contains the following:
* Calories - 81 (4%)
* Fat - 6.7g (10%)
* Saturates - 4.4g (22%)
* Salt - 0.4g (7%)
This cheese comes in round plastic packaging with a peel off plastic lid to reveal the cheese. When you peel back the plastic cover you can see the marmite is a light beige/brown colour. This is of course form the flavouring of the marmite within the cheese. It also smells quite strongly of marmite as well. When I push the cheese out from its packaging there is a nice round sized chunk of cheese.
When biting into the cheese you can immediately taste the marmite within the cheese. It's quite strong and probably a lot stronger than what I would have on toast so I wasn't quite used to the strong taste. I did how-ever like the taste of the cheese and continue to ate the rest of it. The cheese itself is cheddar cheese and tastes lovely with the taste of marmite.
I'm not sure I could eat more than one of these in one go as they were a bit too strong for me. If you how-ever like your marmite strong then you will just love these. Although they were strong this wouldn't put me off buying them again as they were yummy and I am a big fan of marmite and I also love cheese so this was the perfect combination for me.
As they say with Marmite 'You either love it or hate it'. If you hate marmite then these aren't for you, but if you like/love marmite you should definitely give them a go. My mum slices the cheese from here and puts it on bread and put's it under the grill for the cheese to melt, although I find it pretty hard to slice the cheese from this and I prefer to eat them just as they are. These are great for on the go and for putting in lunch-boxes too and they are packed individually. This is a product I will continue to buy every now and again.
(Review also on ciao)
Well.....I am dissapointed. I read and rated very highly a review on these little marmite cheddar bites, and sought them during my latest shopping trip to Tesco, I had looked at my local shop Waitrose, but they didn't sell them! So......an exclusive item....I wanted them even MORE!!!!
I was shocked to find that they cost £1.29 for 5 x 10g little 'bites' of cheese in a net, much like mini baby bells that I very rarely buy for the kids. I thoght this was alot for so little, but I NEEDED them.
Let my just calrify. I adore Marmite, and regularly buy Marmite flavoured products like rice cakes and grissinis and crisps back when they did these. One thing I love more than Marmite is cheese. My preference is strong punchy cheddars, very matured. Coliers Strong Welsh is mine of choice at the moment. I hope this gives the reader an insight into my palette. One of my fave things is cheese and Marmite on toast...scrummy.
So, I had the 2 kids, a boot full of shopping and my Marmite cheesy bites firmly in my handbag.....a car snack a go go! I notice from other reviews they used to come in a wax cover like baby bells. This was thus what I was expecting. However they came in a black bottomed, clear topped plastic wrapper, you peal back the top to reaveal a very solid round chunk of chedder with a bit of a slimey feel to it. No smell at all really, certainly not Marmite! It is a darkish colour, much like a regular mild chedder that has beed given a going over loosly with brown shoe polish. But it was really sweaty and slimey feeling. They brown sort of came off. I am not sure what I was expecting, but thought the marmite would be more impregnated rather than a slight coating. The cheese is mild in flavour and had I not been told it was Marmite flavoured I really don't think I would have identifed it. Marmite to me is a strong powerful thing, so was really expecting this cheesy version would be.
Overall, I feel let down and cheated by this product. Had I not been so excited to get it and try it, would I have been so dissapointed, perhaps not. Would I buy them again??? No. Too expensive for what they are. Would rather have my usual Marmite on toast with a massive handful of grated matured chedder instead.
Sorry to burst the reviewers bubble on these.....kind of gutted!
I have always been a big fan of marmite with cheddar and when I was younger I would often put them both in a sandwich or on toast. A lot of my friends thought I was mad but I really enjoyed them teamed together! So therefore you can imagine my delight a few months ago when I came across these cheddar bites in our local Tesco. 5 of the bites come in a yellow net so they are easy to spot in the cheese aisle. Each cheese weighs 20g meaning the pack weighs 100g. They currently retail at £1.26 which I appreciate is rather a lot for a small amount of cheese however they are currently on a 3 for 2 offer in Tescos which ends on 25th August so get in there fast!
Inside the net, the cheeses are individually wrapped in black and clear plastic with the Marmite logo on the front. The cheese is in a round shape which is about an inch wide and half an inch thick. The cheese is quite an odd colour for cheddar as it is quite dark and has an almost brown tinge to it. I can only imagine this is due to the mixing of the cheese and the dark colour of marmite! The cheese is also quite shiny and it is often a bit wet when you remove it from the packaging.
So onto the taste test, the cheese is quite crumbly and has a very distinguished taste! The marmite is apparent within the cheese but is not overpowering. The cheese is of an obvious good standard as it complements the marmite flavouring very well and has a lovely texture within the mouth. It is easy to eat and almost melts in the mouth. I find that it is very sensuous and makes your tastebuds tingle for more after finishing!
As with all cheese, it is very fattening, per serving contains 81 calories and 6.7g of fat (4.4g which saturate). However, I think they are perfect for a little treat. The only problem I find is that they are very addictive and I can happily munch my way through 2 or 3. I hope Marmite are planning on releasing this cheese as a larger block sometime soon as I imagine this cheese would be very enjoyable in a sandwich or even used for cooking in my favourite dishes as it adds a little kick to the flavour.
Everyone in my house enjoys these cheddar bites and we often find that a packet doesn't last longer than a day! The taste is different due to any other cheese due to the addition of marmite and I can guarantee that any fan of marmite and cheese will absolutely love these. They would be very good for lunchboxes as I have found that kids love them!
The day before my granddaughter's birthday party my niece telephoned me to ask if I wanted her to pick up some Marmite Bites as she'd found a pile of them reduced in Asda from £1.26 to just 20p, she gives them to her son and said they might be nice on the party table for the little ones. Of course, at that price I told her to bring as many as she could carry as there was still a few days left on the 'use by' details and I reasoned that what wasn't eaten could be sent home with the various children attending.
Marmite Bites are basically small circular pieces of Cheddar cheese which have been flavoured with Marmite, they come in a small net back and the cheeses themselves are covered in a wax coating similar to the Babybel I usually buy. They appeared absolutely perfect for our buffet table and I set about creating a pyramid of them, not unlike the Ferrero Rocher one you see in the adverts.
They are absolutely delicious, I've eaten them before but don't tend to buy them very often which is surprising as each time I eat one of these lovely little cheeses I realise I love the flavour much more than 'normal' plain Cheddar!
The cheese is a strange colour for Cheddar, it's a orange/yellow/brown hybrid which actually doesn't look terribly appetising simply because it's so different from other cheeses I regularly buy and eat.
Once you've taken a bite though, providing you like Marmite, you'll realise how delicious these small cheeses are. The Cheddar is mild and creamy, while the overriding flavour is of the Marmite. Now, the taste of the Marmite is nowhere near as strong as I thought it was going to be although for a fairly mild flavour it manages to infuse the entire Bite and made this Marmite lover practically drool after eating the first one!
The Marmite Bites are very salty in my opinion and I needed to have a drink as soon as I'd eaten the first one, this is obviously because Marmite itself is a very salty food and also the Cheddar itself used in these Bites seems to have a salty undertone. The Marmite and Cheddar have been well blended so that each mouthful is rich and extremely flavoursome, even a couple of guests at the party who don't eat Marmite as a rule managed to get a few of these down them - with my 90 year old Uncle proclaiming the fact that he intends to buy his first ever jar of Marmite after sampling these delicious little cheeses!
I wish they made this cheese in bigger blocks as each small Marmite Bite is gone in one go, which is a shame as it's so wonderfully tasty. I have a feeling it would go wonderfully in a sandwich, although the Bites are so very tiny that you'd need a fair few to fill your buttie up enough to get a proper taste - also, how delicious they would be melted down on toast. Oh, if we were able to buy a big block of Marmite Cheddar the possibilities would be endless!
Each Marmite Bite contains 81 calories and 6.7g of fat, which is actually very high indeed considering how small the Bites are and how many you could munch on without even thinking about it. Perhaps that's why they don't make bigger blocks, I have just worked out that a 200g block of this cheese would contain 810 calories and well over 33g of fat - gosh, us Marmite lovers would be the size of barrels as this cheese is so wonderfully addictive that I imagine one single block would not last very long at all.
I'm not particularly a Marmite fan in conventional terms but I do love Marmite flavoured crisps, so when a friend recommended these Marmite Cheddar Bites I couldn't wait to try them out.
When I next did my weekly shop I popped them into my trolley and tried them later that evening. All I can say is that it was a heavenly experience and I'm now addicted. There are five little tubs of cheese in total that come in a small net-mesh bag. Each cheese circle is individually wrapped in a 2-inch diameter tub, which is convenient as they can remain fresh until required. Each little tub has the traditional Marmite logo on the peel-back cover - nutritional information can be found on the outer packaging.
Now the important part - the taste. I found the cheese rich and cheddary with a good glug of Marmite. It's not as potent as actual Marmite, so it's very easy to eat. Goes lovely with a nice glass of wine. If you are a Marmite and a cheese fan then don't miss this.
In my humble opinion these are the most disgusting things I have ever tasted in my life. You can just about taste the cheese amidst the marmite, and it seems to be a really good uality cheese with a deep, rich flavour, but then some idiot went and added marmite to it! Now I know that marmite is famously a love it or hate it product, but I am firmly rooted on the love it side of the argument - but on crackers, yes; sandwiches, yes; toast, definitely - but with cheese?! Absolutely yukky. I actually bought these abominations by mistake and it was a costly mistake because not only are they horrible, they're not cheap either so I ended up paying more than I would normally pay for something that ended up residing in the bottom of my rubbish bin. Please marmite, stick to what you know, you do it so well. You don't need this sort of by-product. (You may have guessed I didn't like it.)
When hubby & youngest daughter returned from Sainsbury's yesterday I was pleased to see some goodies that I've never seen before including these Marmite Cheddar bites which cost £1.39.
I've never seen these advertised nor come across them before & to be honest when I first saw the net I thought they were individual packets containing Marmite spread. It wasn't until I saw my daughter opening one that I realised they were lovely round cheeses.
There are 5 little tubs - a bit like butter tubs with a peel back lid - but deeper & very attractive with the bright & stylish Marmite colours & logo on each one.
The label shown in the photo is full of information including the ingredients, nutrtritional information, storage & use-by date. I like the way all this is displayed clearly on both front & reverse of the label without having to squint at the actual product.
Each of the 5 cheeses is easy & quite fun to open especially if you're not sure what to expect. After I'd peeled back the seal I was pleasantly surprised by the size, smell & the colour of the cheddar bites. I was expecting the pale sort like Babybels but these are a pale ornage, a bigger size & have a fairly strong smell of cheese.
The size is quite generous as you can get about 4 or 5 small bites out of each one or chop up to go in salads, sandwiches or with crackers. Each one is 20g & contains 81 calories & 6.7g of fat but does contain 4.9g protein plus calcium , vitamins & vitamin B12 - a healthy convenient snack for all ages.
The product contains Marmite so it may/may not appeal to everyone but in my opinion Unilever have got the balance just right with it's blend of a fairly strong cheddar & not too much Marmite - delicious!
- convenient & fun to eat.
- great blend of cheese & Marmite.
- nice colour & texture.
- very attractive packaging & the cheese is easy to access.
- mainly natural ingredients which make it a relatively healthy snack.
- may not suit all tastes but we love it!
When it comes to Marmite, I fall into the 'love it' camp, and as for cheddar cheese, don't even get me started: If I could live on cheese alone, I would.
So when I found out that the two were going to be combined, I could not wait to try it.
They are widely available at major supermarkets, as it happens I got mine from Tesco where they cost me around £1.40 for 5.
The pack of five little cheeses come in a yellow net bag, and each little cyclinder is wrapped in a black wax coating. They have stuck with the usual Marmite colours, you see, so you absolutely cannot miss this product when you are looking for it!
(By the way, if you ARE looking for it, it is in the fresh fridge section along with all the other cheeses!)
Each cheese is approximately an inch across and half an inch thick. You remove the wax coating as it's inedible, using the little tag provided (sadly, I quite enjoy this bit!)
The cheddar underneath feels firm and a bit springy, like any good hard cheese should, but the big question is, what does it taste like? It tastes like a little bit of heaven. The cheddar they have used for this is really mature and tangy, and of course, the familiar salty, yeasty Marmite flavour is mixed through it.
This gives each cheese a rather strange looking colour, sort of flecked dull orange - not like Red Leicester, it's a definite colour all of its own.
The downside is that it's all over far too quickly. They really are just a mouthful for each cheese, living up to the name of 'Cheddar Bites'. One bite and it's down the hatch, and you are only too ready to move on to the next one. You had better hope that everyone else in your household falls into the 'hate Marmite' group so you can get your hands on the rest of the pack!
Usually, I eat my mini cheeses with crackers or rice cakes, and I did have these ready, but I find the flavour of these so piquant that nothing else was needed - in fact, anything else in my mouth at the same time would have spoilt it for me I think!
My only "complaint", if you could call it that, is that these did make me very thirsty, I guess that's the salt content of cheese and Marmite combined for you! Not a problem though, love drinking pints of water anyway :)
I love Marmite, and I adore cheese, so when I saw these little things promising a tastebud tantalising combination of the two, I was powerless to resist. Costing me around £1.30 for a yellow net containing 5 cheeses, which isn't cheap, but then novelty bitesize cheeses seldom are.
Each cheese is encased in a black moulded plastic container with a film lid bearing the well known Marmite logo. The film lid peels back easily, and with a quick push, your cheese is released from its packaging.
These Marmite chedder bites are round in shape, and quite thick, feeling nice and chunky. They're a kind of pale orange colour with slightly darker pale brown streaks in them - they look rather as though someones melted the cheese, swirled the Marmite in, then set them again. Almost a marbled effect.
The texture of these is quite crumbly, yet firm, and the cheddar was strong and full tasting, with the Marmite flavour fully present. The cheese itself is lovely to eat, slightly melty, and with a taste that lingers in the mouth ages after eating.
Overall, I'd certainly recommend these to any Marmite lover . If you don't like Marmite, well, you're not going to like these! They're stocked next to the babybels in the cheese section of most supermarkets.
My one criticism is that, as of yet, they've not made this cheese available in large blocks - I'd personally buy a sizable chunk each week to melt over toast!