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The application of one's tongue to an Australian amphibian is no laughing matter. Neither, for that matter, are conspiracy theories around the launch of the Raspberry Pi 2 or love/hate reactions to Phil Zimmerman. Yes, it's Comment of the Week time. Opening this week's snorkworthy commentardery was Simple Si, who pitched up …
"Please explain further. While I suspect it is something similar to Nutella,"
Marmite is nothing to do with either nuts or chocolate. It's the sludge left in the bottom of the vat after brewing beer. Someone had the bright idea of putting it in jars and selling it instead of washing it down the drain where it belongs.
Marmite is nothing to do with either nuts or chocolate.
Someone always had to go and spoil it. There was I looking forward to seeing the reaction of our American cousins when sampling a nice big teaspoon of "chocolatey" Marmite, and somebody had to go and tip them off. Mind you, it resembles chocolate about as much as Hershey's does, so perhaps they'd have been happy with it.
Marmite was discovered after Justus von Liebig dropped a cheese sandwich in a beer vat he was cleaning, and luckily for generations of Brits decided 'that tastes quite nice'. If he'd binned the sandwich, the beer industry would have to dispose of the yeast sludge in an environmentally sound way. This would obviously increase the price of beer, and affect the brewing industry's sustainability and recycling targets.
Marmite is therefore a public good.
However, some disagree with the flavour, notably Vegemite fans and the Danish. Having experienced what the Danes can do to innocent herrings, I'm suprised they objected to recycled beer products. Marmite is still under attack by it's detractors though. The latest tactic by the 'Hate It' brigade is to try and 'ban this filth' via the EU Salt Reduction Framework. If you love it, protect your Marmite!
Actually Marmite can be prescribed medically for those in need of a salty boost to their diet.
As for not knowing what Marmite is almost made me down vote the poster regardless of the fact he is a johnny foreigner.
I would not contemplate cheese on toast without a layer of Marmitey goodness under the cheese.
It is also considered to be a superfood ( http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/9504293/Marmite-the-latest-superfood.html )
"Having experienced what the Danes can do to innocent herrings, I'm suprised they objected to recycled beer products."
Danes are fond of pickled stuff, which isn't quite the same thing. Vinegar kills most of the fermenting processes. But Swedish surströmming fits the description nicely. Fermented herring from hell.
"But Swedish surströmming fits the description nicely. Fermented herring from hell."
I quite like that, and potential nosh challenge? Not sure if my idea of surströmming/tunnbröd wraps would sell well outside Sweden though. My Swedish colleagues defeated me with lutfisk. Cod soaked in drain cleaner is just wrong. For a fish supper from hell, could try this with hákarl as a third course? Best eaten outdoors, tables set downwind and large buckets available.
Yep, it's quite plausible that some people will actually like surströmming and those other niceties. While my claim about the Danes preferring pickled fish was a generalization, thus nowhere near perfect, it's mostly true. Swedes are often bullying them (and anybody else) with surströmming.
Anyhow, let's agree that Marmite isn't the most controversial treat out there.
"You DO know that Hershey is the happy owner of Cadbury, right?"
And they make Cadbury's chocolate that tastes nothing like the real Cadbury's chocolate. How they managed to take a bar that was parallel to, and practically touching, the ground and lower it considerably to create 'Hershey' I have no idea. Human ingenuity knows no bounds apparently.
There was an article on the PM programme the other day about the burgeoning black market for "real" Cadbury chocolate from the UK or Ireland since Hershey have been granted an embargo on retailers selling the real thing.
I recently was offered some "cadbury" chocolate while in the US. I have eaten Hershey chocolate before and found it fairly unpleasant, but when you take a mouthful expecting the creamy smooth taste of a chunk of Cadbury's and instead get the sickly sweet taste and plasticky texture of Hershey it honestly tastes like you have popped a lump of solidified puke into your mouth.
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