Product Type: Marmite Spread
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I'm a Lover...Not a Fighter...I mean Hater!!
Member Name: juliassg71
Advantages: Rich in B vitamins including B12, contains folic acid, versatile and fairly healthy.
Disadvantages: Getting the last bits from the bottle. Not inexpensive.
I have always liked Marmite and luckily it is something my 7 year old daughter likes as she won't eat ham or cheese or any other sandwich filling for that matter so the fact that she will eat marmite is a godsend as it does have health benefits and is not as unhealthy as having say jam every day due to the sugary content. There is no sugar in marmite!
The main marketing ploy behind this squeezy bottle variety is that unlike its predecessor (which hasn't been usurped and is still available in varying sizes) it claims that there will be less mess with this because it won't drizzle down off of your knife and you can get exactly the right quantity out and it will therefore be easier to spread and do less damage to your bread!
I do prefer buying this squeezy, plastic variant on the usual screw top lidded glass jar for other reasons though - firstly, because I think it is more hygienic in that you aren't putting a knife back and forth in the jar and possibly leaving margarine and crumbs behind that may go off or stale - as marmite, even once opened - does not require refrigeration. You merely need to store it in a cool, dry place because if refrigerated, it will become very difficult to spread plus it would make your toast go cold lol. Secondly, should you be 'butter fingered' and if you are having this on toast or bread you might be ;-) and drop it, there is no chance that it might smash! Even though this does not need refrigeration, it has a shelf life of about a year although if you love marmite you will get through even a big bottle in about a quarter of that if not less!!!
Tesco sell a 200g tub for £2.50 but I tend to buy the bigger 400g tub as this is more cost effective, selling at £4.78 (a saving of 22p) and that's not to be sniffed at in these current economic times. It comes in the same colouring as the glass one an is see through showing the dark brown content of the marmite inside, with a yellow flip-top lid which is at the bottom rather like many shower gels. Usually this means that you can get out the last vestiges of a product but for some reason with this, (possibly because of the rounded shape), as you get to the end of the product, it becomes quite difficult to expel those last globules!
However, I have a similar problem getting the last little bits out of the glass jars so am not too bothered by this and I think because the product clings around the sides it looks like there is more in there than actually in reality is! You can always unscrew the flip top lid and scrape out what's left if you want to. It has a seal in the form of a yellow tab which is attached to a label stuck to the lid that has the nutritional values inside (although this can be hard to prise apart to get at). The main difference on the front if the product is that instead of Marmite written in big white letters on a red background, it has Big Squeeze (as in the picture). I guess the packaging for marmite is so well-known they feel they can get away now without having to scream out the product name which is much more discreetly featured on the pot of yeast below as is also the case on the glass jars. For those interested the nutritional values these are detailed below:
Typical Values Typical values per 4g serving -
Energy 39kJ/9kcal -
Protein 1.5g -
Carbohydrate 0.8g -
of which sugars trace -
Fat nil -
of which saturates nil -
Fibre 0.1g -
Sodium 0.2g -
Salt 0.43g -
I think you would have to be from another planet or asleep for the last hundred years or so to not have sighted or heard the famous "You either Love it or Hate it slogan and I think it is a very good one as my husband hates it whereas the rest of the Reidy family love it and I think this is true in many families across the world!
Marmite is largely made from a yeast extract and is mostly used as a spread on bread or toast or whatever you want to spread it on - anything goes I guess. It goes nicely with cheese and crackers in my opinion. I have heard that some people cook with it using it in stews or curries for example or even make this into a drink a bit like you do with Bovril so it is quite a versatile product although personally I have never tried doing either of those things.
Marmite is rich in B vitamins including Vitamin B12 as well as Folic Acid which is good for women (particularly pregnant ones) and is 100% vegetarian.
Something I heard recently, which I did not know, is that marmite is purported to keep the mozzies from biting because of its strong favour - they HATE it but I assume each one would have to bite you at least once to know you've been eating it lol so not sure how true that is (unless they land on you and can smell it through your skin - ewww) which must be the case if this is a true fact and I did hear this off of Dr. Hilary on breakfast TV so it must be true!
The texture of Marmite is very thick and smooth; the rich, dark brown colour is meaty looking in colour and in taste. It does have a beefy like taste and unique smell which I can't quite equate to anything else and, as mentioned, also has quite a strong, unique flavour, quite unlike anything else!!! I do like to spread this thinly on toast otherwise I find this too strong. A little will spread a long way which also makes it cost effective. I can't imagine this being half as tasty if slathered on thickly and I have to have margarine or butter underneath it.
As well as the yeast extract Marmite also includes salt, vegetable extract, Niacin, Thiamin, Spice Extracts (contains celery) Riboflavin and the aforementioned Folic Acid and Vitamin B12.
Gosh, who'd have thought little old Marmite would produce such a lengthy review. I hope I haven't bored you.
Would I recommend it? Well, I'm a lover not a hater, so yes!
Thanks for reading and rating. x
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Summary: You WILL either LOVE it or HATE it!