“ Brand: Marmite / Type: Bread „
I had a quick glance at the star ratings fellow Dooyooers had given these Marmite Breadsticks and it appears I am definitely in the minority because I really like them and will definitely buy more in the future.
I love Marmite so was tempted by a recent offer of 1 box of cereal bars with a packet of breadsticks free - thinking I had got a real bargain I gladly parted with £1. The cereal bars were disgusting so I wasn't in a hurry to try the sticks but I ate the contents of the bag yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed them.
It states on the front of the packet 'breadsticks will never have to be bland and boring again now that we've baked them with lovely Marmite'- funny they should say that as I've always found breadsticks to be both bland, boring and a total waste of time. These look good (although rather on the orange side) very crunchy, flavoursome and have only 110 calories per 30g bag. They conatin B vitamins and are fairly low in salt and sugar compared to crisps and because they take so long to eat they are an ideal snack if, like me, you are watching your weight.
I guess I had about 12 or 13 of these breadsticks in my packet which may not sound many but, believe me, they are so hard to bite into that it took me ages to finish them. This may put some people off but I like the fact that I could find a snack which I couldn't consume in under 2 minutes.
Mistakenly I thought they would be similar to breadsticks I've tried in the past ie crunchy on the outside and melt-in-the-mouth inside - wrong - these are crunchy through and through. I thought from the smell that they would taste simiilar to Twiglets but I was wrong again as they are much milder yet you still get a good Marmitey flavour.
They are a bit on the orange side which makes them look a bit like a processed food, not too attractive but, in my opinion, deceptively good.
The full ingredients and nutritional information are provided on the back of the pack and you don't need a magnifying glass to read the sensible white text!
I can understand why some people may not like these breadsticks but as a Marmite -lover and having had such a bad experience with their cereal bars I can honestly say they are something I will add to my shopping list.
These breadsticks have been lurking in the back of the cupboard for a few months now, my thoughtful husband knowing I like Marmite bought these as part of a buy five packets for £2.00 deal at Asda. I neither love nor hate Marmite, it mixes up the morning toast routine a little and livens up the odd sandwich but it's not like I crave the stuff. Sadly this is why they were in the cupboard for as long as they were.
My husband pulled them out this morning and decided to give them the once over, I figured they weren't as appealing as he had first thought when he handed me a half full packet, offering to get me glass of water as well.
The packet is a matt black foiled bag, with the standard Marmite logo plastered on the front taking up most of the packaging. It looks exactly like the Marmite jar, except it is rectangular and not made from glass. The contents are different and there is a no screw top lid, in hindsight the two are actually nothing alike which leads me to the taste of the product.
After a quick once over of the breadstick, I quickly notice these are a miniature version of the longer breadsticks, measuring in at 4cm a piece. They are a burnt sienna colour, or more a dark golden brown and have a smooth texture. I bite into the breadstick and my instant thought is that they are exceptionally dry even for a breadstick and they have a burnt taste to them, which in reflection is similar to Marmite after all. They give a loud crunch but the flavour is like eating the old favourite, Twiglets, but with a less pleasing flavour.
I am surprised that although I didn't particularly like anything about these breadsticks I found them quite addictive and found that having something to dip them in gives it the right kick. I found cream cheese to be a favourite and chilli or onion relish being a close second, taking away the dryness and adding the flavour it could use. I feel for the price of these compared to a cheaper brand of breadstick it may not be worth handing over your pennies, but where I fail to be impressed someone else may find these to be a new favourite snack.
I give these three stars because of how addicted they are, if they came in bigger packets I'm sure I could have eaten them all, but I didn't enjoy the flavour as much as I had hoped I would.
oh Marmite what have you done. My daughter and I used to love your Marmite sticks. They were fairly health, tasty little treats of Marmite tasting breadsticks - now we have new and improved Marmite sticks - yuck. They are like large, orange , overcooked air sticks. They are hollow crunchy sticks of nothing. What a disaster, they are too fat ,my little girl can't get them in her mouth. They are so disgusting when you bite into them they disappear and you are left with a mouthfull of dust. They are all crunch and no substance, before they were new and improved you had little breadsticks with just the right texture and just the right size to dip into hoummous. The new improved Marmite sticks not only taste horrible they are just so ugly, they've been out in the sun too long and are now mohogany lumps of air.
I love Marmite. In fact, I practically worship it. Not only do I have a super-gigantic pot of it at home, I actually have one at work too. By this time next year, I'll have reached the point where I feel uncomfortable if I'm more than a few metres away from a jar. I'll probably own a Marmite T-shirt by that point too. Give it another year, and I'll be found slumped in a heap at home, having overdosed on salty black goodness and everyone will say what a tragedy it is, but how they saw it coming...
Anyway, to return to the point at hand, I hope that I have assured you sufficiently that I adore Marmite. If I could kiss the person who invented it, I would. You will therefore understand the degree of excitement I experienced in the supermarket one day, when I spotted that classic fun-yet-timeless packaging on a packet of breadsticks. 'What is this new and wondrous product?' I exclaimed, before practically bursting into a song and dance number right there in the middle of aisle 14.
You will also understand what a crushing, undermining, traumatizing experience it was to find that the product inside the packaging bore very little resemblance to Marmite. In fact, inside the bag are a load of annoyingly small, golden breadsticks which taste overwhelmingly of salt and smell slightly of farts. In short: they are plain nasty and profane the sacred name of Marmite.
Not only is the dark, tarry flavour of the spread is completely absent, but the breadsticks are actually physically unpleasant to eat. I can only advise, if you are unwise enough to try them for yourself, that you do so in relatively close proximity to a large amount of water. At the top of Niagara Falls, for instance. Or in the Lake District. Because these are so Sahara-dry and so Dead-Sea-salty that you will need to drink bucketloads just to get them down your neck. At 388 calories per 100g, they're not exactly a diet food either.
Skip spending 56p on and have Marmite on toast instead. It's much, MUCH nicer and cheaper too!
Now I love Marmite, but it's sometimes a little inconvenient for eating on the move, especially since I prefer it spread on hot buttered toast rather than on sandwiches. So I was really happy to discover a range of Marmite snack foods recently. Having tried the full-sized and mini rice cakes, both of which were lovely, I picked up a pack of 'Marmite adult breadsticks' for the princely sum of 56p from Tesco.
The bread sticks come in a foil bag a little smaller than packet of crisps which is designed to look like a jar of the good stuff - black with the oval-shaped logo I know and love. "Breadsticks", proclaims the packaging blurb chirpily, "will never have to be bland and boring again now that we've baked them with lovely Marmite". Hurrah, I say! Below is a photo of the said sticks artfully crossed at a jaunty angle.
There are surprisingly few ingredients contained in this promising snack: wheat flour, Marmite (13%), olive oil, yeast and water. That's it! 100g contains 5.3g of fat and 388 calories, but they come in 30g bags, which will clock in at 116 calories and 1.6g of fat. So fairly heathy by the looks of it. They're approved by the Vegetarian Society too.
On opening the bag I'm surprised to not be greeted by a pungent, deliciously Marmitey aroma - the rice cakes were pretty strong-smelling - but never mind. The breadsticks are little stubby things, about 4cm long apart from the broken ones. Quite a few are chipped or broken and I can see I'm going to have to use the tipping-into-the-mouth technique to finish off the bag. Except things don't get that far.
Imagine a dry, stale piece of pastry that was baked in the oven for too long and is slightly burnt. Imagine chewing on a piece of dowelling that's been weakened by woodworm. Put the two sensations together and that comes close to what these bread sticks feel like in my mouth. They dissolve to form a foul, thick paste that gets stuck in my back teeth. I manage to choke the mixture down and it leaves a bitter aftertaste on my tongue which doesn't resemble Marmite in the slightest. I feel slightly sick.
In the interests of fairness and impartiality I save the rest for my other half to try. His immediate reaction: "They don't taste of Marmite". In which case there's no point buying them. Back to the toast for me....