Mmmm... Vegemite... Mmmm...
The following was scooped from the alt.tasteless faq, found at
BE FORWARNED: This truly is tasteless (unlike Vegemite itself).
-can be bought in some health stores and isn't really the canned stool
sample that rumour claim it is. Here are some first hand experiences with the
edible caca: "I too have had vegemite. I found a stock in a "health food"
store. US$ 2.69 for a 4 ounce (113 gram) jar. "5 calories per serving". It
has an odd, purply-brown color, and a smooth, thick, sticky texture. The
"axle-grease" association is accurate. It does indeed have quite a strong
salty, yeasty flavor, and you had better spread it on _very_ thinly. I think it
looks like a substance from my native land called "catfish dough bait", only
said bait is a bit grainier, not as creamy. Catfish dough bait has a thick,
liverish, bloody odor to it, and appeared to be a compound of mud, blood and
pureed liver. On a hot day, opening the tub of dough bait and inhaling deeply
could give you vertigo and motion sickness. I find it hard to believe that
"marmite" has a stronger, more vicious taste than vegemite. "Vegemite" has a
pretty vicious aftertaste, and because of the yeast extract, it tends to come
back to you later, in belches. It's also one of those foods with such a
peculiar taste that no matter what you eat after- wards, vegemite is the taste
that sticks with you."
"It is very strong, try a little, then impress your friends with what looks
like eating slabs of bread wiped in black excrement."
"Well, as a New Zealander, I can truthfully say that Marmite is the
only real yeast extract worth eating. Vegemite is for wimps, while
Marmite is for real men. It has a much stronger, more vicious
aftertaste than Vegemite."
"It was the grossest thing I ever tasted. It's about as thick as peanut
butter, and to say it tastes like shit would be an understatement."
Yeast extract (comes from the grunge that is left over after the beer brewing
process), sea salt, potassium chloride, malt extract, caramel color,
natural flavor, niacin, thiamine hydorchloride, riboflavin.
Serving size: 3.25 gram
Servings per container: 35 (big lie: I ate about a third of the container,
and it was well over 100 servings)
Cheese and vegemite sandwiches are so common in Australia that the manufacturer
(Kraft) now sells premixed cheese&vegemite slices (they are a greyish colour,
and very nice between buttered white bread, possibly with some lettuce)
ObTrivia: Vegemite was invented after Marmite, and for a short time
was called Parwill (get the pun? Mar mite, Par will. Ho ho!).
"Vegemite" was the result of a renaming contest in the 30s(?).
Let it also be known that Vegemite is available in 99% of Australian
shops that stock spreads. IE, if the shop has jam, honey or peanut
butter, then it almost certainly has vegemite as well.
...and what of Marmite?
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