19 Important Struggles Only Marmite Lovers Will Understand


Marmite. Salty manna from Heaven. And so, so easy to get wrong.

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1. When people spread it an inch thick on toast, and your throat gets all clagged up with yeasty treacle.

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If you’re unfamiliar with the rites of Marmite, halve the amount on your knife. Then halve it again. Then spread it (on top of plenty of butter). There you go. Perfect.

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2. When people spread it too thinly.

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Marmite is a tricky beast to get right, and if someone’s Marmiteing for you it’s hard to nitpick without seeming, well, nitpicky. On the other hand - I don’t mean to cast aspersions here - but it it seems to be a rule of thumb that those who spread Marmite too thinly are inevitably also purveyors of cold toast.

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3. When you’re at a hotel breakfast buffet and there are 20 different types of jam, but no Marmite.

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This little guy can make such a massive difference to the quality of your morning.

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4. Or they have Marmite, but they don’t have the right sort of bread.

Every tried wrestling Marmite onto a pretzel? I don’t recommend it.

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5. Or someone tries to palm you off with Vegemite because “it’s the same thing”.

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Vegemite is not the same thing. It’s saltier, it has a harsh edge, and it quite clearly comes in yellow packaging.

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6. Or Bovril, FFS.


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7. Worse than this, though, is when you’re almost out of Marmite.

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And you have to stand there for three hours with a knife, surgically scraping microscopic smears of brown paste out of the jar.

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8. Or when you absentmindly* mistake Marmite for Nutella.

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And your world turns upside-down for 30 seconds while your tastebuds figure out what’s happened.


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9. Or when you really fancy some Marmite on toast, but can’t have any because the lid’s stuck shut.

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In terms of torture, it’s just one step down from waterboarding.

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10. You wish people wouldn’t judge you for making Marmite and crisp sandwiches.

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They are delicious.

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11. And then there’s the fact that you’ll never visit Denmark because Marmite is banned there.


You need Marmite every day. Marmite is the blood. Marmite is the life.

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12. You’re a little bit embarrassed by all the twee Marmite marketing.

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13. You sort of wish people would stop messing around with the formula. This, for instance, gets a big no.

Just because they’re both brown doesn’t mean they belong together. By that logic, poo should get involved at some point.

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14. Marmite made of Guinness, for some reason. Also no.

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See my last.

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15. These… these are actually okay.

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16. But these are all sorts of wrong.

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It’s the term “hefty punch of Marmite”, I think. Also the way that they taste of bum.

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17. Yeast-flavoured crisps should never have been a thing.

Marmite and crisps sandwiches, yes. Marmite-flavoured crisps, no. Like I said, a tricky beast to get right.

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18. These are just nothingy bites of salty polystyrene.

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Marmite’s natural home is on hot buttered toast.

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Or atop a steaming toasted crumpet.

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Ignore those tomatoes. It must be some sort of error.

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19. All salty and melty and mmm.

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Oh Marmite. I could never quit you.

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You’re stunning.

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Even when they put random crap in you.

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I love you, too.

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Robyn Wilder is a staff writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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