Product Type: Marmite Spread
Newest Review: ... you tear the yellow sticker to show it's sealed) and squeeze. You can get your Marmite as easy as that. You can easily adjust the amo... more
Member Name: Kahdeksantoista
Advantages: Very healthy and the normal jar is reasonably priced.
Disadvantages: This particular squeezy tub is VERY expensive and, personally, I hate the taste.
I am writing this with the fresh taste of Marmite in my mouth, so you can rest assured you'll be getting a good description.
I have read multiple reviews on Marmite and Marmite products lately. I was reeled in and decided to give it a go. I tried something like it years ago, but everything deserves a second chance, right?
The only original Marmite product available on the shelves at my local co-op was Marmite squeezy. There wasn't a single glass pot in sight. The squeezy tub was priced at £3.50 and I was very reluctant because I think that is extortionate. I bought it anyway!
I got home and unpacked the aforementioned squeezy bottle and examined it. It looked very premium and could be mistaken for the original glass jar if it weren't for the yellow lid being on the bottom instead of on the top. The entire bottle is black with a yellow lid. It is not resistant to being squeezed, as some so-called squeezy bottles are and there is no plastic film over the nozzle after unscrewing the lid. You open the yellow flip lip at the bottom (in the process you tear the yellow sticker to show it's sealed) and squeeze. You can get your Marmite as easy as that. You can easily adjust the amount coming out by squeezing harder or applying less pressure. I squeezed a medium width wiggly line down a slice of crispbread and I then spread it thinly across with a knife. The consistency is intriguing - kind of like a gel toothpaste.
On biting into it I got an overwhelming whiff and taste of yeasty bitterness. The first bite was the most pleasant because it got worse after that. I am under the impression it is an acquired taste, but apprently not. The only way I can describe the taste is a bitter tang. Concentrate a pint of bitter and you've got it. The bitter fans out there may think that sounds great, but it really isn't.
Something odd happened after my first few bites. Once the concoction had gone down, I grabbed some cloudy lemonade to wash it down so I could get get the taste out of my mouth. After cleansing my palate, I wanted more Marmite. I hated the taste but I wanted more: kind of like the effect fizzy pop has. Some pop doesn't even refresh/quench you, but the fizz keeps you drinking. Witchcraft.
Marmite's health information is fantastic, however. This is great news for anyone wanting to lose weight. It is packed full of natural vitamins. It was one of the reasons I bought the crispbread and the Marmite. The crispbread is 20 calories per slice and Marmite is 10 calories per 4g with trace fat.
Word has it Marmite is great underneath the cheese on cheese on toast. Maybe it is better with other ingredients as opposed to on its own, but on its own is not for me.
You can love it or hate it (one reviewer can take it or leave it) but respect it for what it is. It has been around a long time and it is very healthy for you. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans and available in every supermarket and most corner shops.
Despite finding it awful I am going to give it three stars on the basis that it IS a love or hate product. It is not a badly manufactured or researched product of crap quality. It is in fact a popular product that is decades old and very healthy for you. It provides vegans with the B vitamins they do not get from animal flesh and it lasts a very long time (even if you like a thick spreading).
Summary: Love it or hate it, either way, respect it for what it is.
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