British ex-pats denied Marmite fix, anger spreads
May 25th, 2011
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A savory spread popular with British expatriates has found itself at the center of an unsavory furor in Denmark after authorities pulled it from shop shelves.

Sales of Marmite, a dark and sticky substance usually eaten on toast, were halted by the Danish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries because it violated regulations over vitamin-fortified produce.

With a distinctive yeasty flavor, Marmite isn't to everyone's taste, but for Brits living abroad the spread is as much a talismanic symbol of their homeland as a snack-time favorite, and its removal had stirred widespread indignation.

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    January 29, 2013 at 7:06 pm |
  2. Golyadkin

    No wonder British food is so terrible. They're raised eating this terrible stuff, it must kill their taste buds by the time they're 5.

    June 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  3. Kip

    The irony here is that Vegemite is also banned and the Princess Mary of Denmark is as Australian as Vegemite is.

    May 26, 2011 at 2:00 am |
  4. Paul Zammack

    Marmite is a highly savory and concentrated taste. The ONLY way you want to try it is on good toast. Pref slightly golden, still hot from the toaster, bread. Semolina ideally IMO

    A swipe of softened butter so there is no dry surface (you want the bread to get soaked with the butter, not marmite,) then, clean knife/spreader. Spread a thin amount of marmite. Shouldn't be "solid" color, more semi translucent

    Awesome... slightly salty with a yeast "bite", then the fatty butter and the crunch of the bread.

    May 26, 2011 at 12:21 am |
  5. Dimitri Snowden

    Doesn't sound appetizing at all, and can this really be considered vitamin fortified "produce"? And does it taste like beer?

    -Dimitri Snowden

    May 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  6. The Witty One@Riboflavin

    Oh Riboflavin, what purpose do you serve? Aside from also being in Yoo-hoo? (Rhetorical question.)

    May 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • Riboflavin

      I'm vitamin B2.

      As for my purpose... that's deep. What is the purpose of anything?

      Is there any purpose at all? Maybe just to exist in a cold, careless universe...

      Now I'm depressed.

      May 26, 2011 at 9:57 am |
      • The Witty One@Riboflavin

        Come here little riboflavin...You can help boost my metabolism!

        May 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  7. JBJingles_from the Sunshine State

    The stuff looks nasty (to me anyway). Had to look up the ingrediants...doesn't sound so appetizing either.
    Yeast Extract
    Salt
    Vegetable Extract
    Niacin
    Thiamin
    Spice Extracts
    Riboflavin
    Folic Acid
    Celery Extract
    Vitamin B12

    May 25, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • Jerv

      Agreed!

      May 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
    • RichardHead@JBJ

      And we all wonder why the Brits have bad teeth. HA!

      May 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
      • Jerv@RicH

        Dude, I'm surprised you are not zonked out sleeping.

        May 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • AleeD@JBJftSS

      While it sounds nasty, I'll have to try it to find out for sure. Sounds alot like Vegamite the Aussies eat:

      Yeast extract
      salt
      mineral salt
      malt extract (from barley)
      colour
      flavours
      niacin
      riboflavin
      thiamine
      folate

      May 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
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