22 Delicious/ Disgusting Facts About Marmite

Do you love it, or hate it?

1. Marmite was invented in the late 19th century by German scientist Justus von Liebig.

The scientist discovered that brewer’s yeast (a byproduct of the brewing process) could be concentrated, bottled and eaten.

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2. The product is named after a ‘marmite’ - a French earthenware pot.

The pot is depicted on jars of British Marmite.

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3. British Marmite was initially supplied in earthenware pots.

In the 1920s it changed to glass jars of approximately the same shape as the pots.

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4. There are two versions of Marmite - a British version, and New Zealand version.

Marmite NZ / Facebook

This is a tattoo of the New Zealand jar.

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5. New Zealand Marmite is said to have a “less tangy” flavour than the British version.

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6. During WW1, Marmite was part of the rations for British troops.

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7. Marmite has annual sales of approximately £46 million.

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8. The ‘Love It or Hate It’ slogan was invented in 1996 by agency DDB.

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9. It’s popular in prisons.

In 2002 and 2009, there were rumours that prisoners in UK prisons were using Marmite and fermented fruit to make alcohol.

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10. Marmite can also be a hot drink.

You add one teaspoon to a mug of hot water, and drink like tea.

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11. There have been several limited edition versions.

In February 2007, there was Guinness Marmite. In January 2008 Champagne Marmite was released for Valentine’s Day. In Christmas 2012 a limited gold edition was launched, containing edible gold-coloured flecks.

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12. Marmite is thought to be gluten-free.

Although, Unilever will not confirm that it contains less than 20 PPM of gluten, which is the current European standard and the proposed U.S. FDA standard for gluten-free labeling.

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13. In Sri Lanka, hot Marmite is a hangover cure.

Marmite is dissolved in boiling water and some lime juice and a fried, sliced onion is added.

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14. In Singapore and Malaysia, Marmite is used as a seasoning for congee and seafood.

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15. People use it for sweet things too, like this Marmite cake with caramel buttercream.

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16. Even pop stars are divided on opinion. The Rolling Stones ask for Marmite when they are on tour.

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17. Meanwhile, Madonna thinks that eating a Marmite sandwich would be “vile”.

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18. The product has inspired a cookbook.

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19. A sculpture in Burton-on-Trent.

The sculpture is nicknamed Monumite.

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20. Tattoos.

Lou Molloy / Via loumolloy.com
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21. As well as criminal tendencies. In 2009, a Marmite-obsessed thief stole 18 jars from a petrol station in a month.

In the end, the owner stopped stocking it.

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22. But we can agree, that some things are a step too far.

Don’t worry, this isn’t real - it was an April Fools’ joke by Innocent. Still though…

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Ailbhe Malone is the UK lifestyle editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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