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Marmite Cheddar Bites
Member Name: Kahdeksantoista
Marmite Cheddar Bites
Advantages: A great way to get a less overwhelming Marmite fix.. A nice soft but solid gooey cheese.
Disadvantages: A tad pricey and sometimes hard to get open.
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!
Summary: A good Marmite fix, a good lunchbox filler, not too unhealthy but a tad overpriced.