50 Marmite facts
you will love, or maybe hate!
(1) Marmite Apparently works as an excellent mosquito repellent.
(2) During the first world War British troops were issued Marmite rations to try to keep them healthy.
(3) The discovery of vitamins in 1912 was a right result for the yeast extract and sales rocketed, especially as it helped eradicate the vitamin B1 deficiency disease, beriberi, which was extremely common at the time.
(4) You can buy Marm-flavoured Chocolate Easter Eggs on Amazon.
Marmite Flavoured Chocolate Easter Egg – Love It or Hate It 160g
(5) Many people class it as a “Super Food” because of its health benefits.
(6) “I Hate Marmite” is a registered trademark.
(7) It was at one time banned in Denmark which does not allow foods with fortified vitamins.
(8) Marmite was a standard vitamin supplement given to German Prisoners of war in England during World War two.
(9) Unilever launched a “Love it or Hate it” campaign in 1996. This resulted in the coining of the phrase “the Marmite effect” for anything which provoked strong and polarised feelings. For example, the Brexit debate in the UK or Donald Trump in The U.S both have the Marmite Effect.
(10) It can be made into a hot savoury drink by adding a dollop to a mug of hot water.
(11) The company sent extra supplies of its famous yeast extract to British troops in Kosovo in 1999 to help keep up morale.
(12) The word Marmite is French for a type of casserole dish. Note the picture on the label.
(13) UK prisoners were allegedly making illicit hooch from our favourite spread in their cells, but it is probably an urban myth.
(14) The company opened a second factory in Vauxhall. south London, to try to keep up with demand. It closed in 1967, much to the local residents joy as the stench from the factory was allegedly terrible.
(15) In 2011 Unilever spent over £15,000 creating a sculpture of the famously shaped jar. They named it “Monumite“. It can be found next to the main library in Burton-on-Trent. England. Personally, I’m not that impressed.
(16) Marmite popcorn is to be launched in the UK, during 2016.
(17) It is thought that a lot of women of child-bearing age are deficient in folic acid and a regular dose of Marmy could help plug the gap.
(18) German chemist Justus von Liebig made Marmite possible when he realised the waste yeast from beer brewing could be processed into an edible tasty paste. He did a whole lot of other amazing stuff too.
(19) My mate contains 11% salt per 100 grams.
(20) New Zealand Marmite comes in a round jar with a red label and tastes different from the original secret recipe. it has high levels of potassium, tastes weaker and is less tangy.
(21) You can make your own! The blogger, Ms. Marmite claims to know how to make her own and explains it in detail on her blog. As the lovely black stuff is nearly £5 for a 400g squeeze in the shops maybe it’s worth a try?
(22) Big Brother celebrity Jade Goody’s funeral included a display of flowers in the shape of the famous jar. She said; “Maybe at my funeral someone could send me a wreath in the shape of a Marmite bottle with the words underneath, ‘you either loved her or hated her’.”
(23) When comedian Russell Brand lived in the United States, he was sent loads of
Marmite by his fans as they thought he would miss it. Ironically, he hates it.
(24) Madonna, the iconic female singer, also finds the spread “vile”.
(25) Ex-premier league footballer Nicolas Anelka has an unnatural fear of Marmite and has never even tasted it.
(26) The Rolling Stones and Dido are Marmy junkies and take a jar with them when on tour.
(27) Britney Spears is a big fan after trying it while on tour in the UK.
(28) Marmite Guinness in 2007 was the most popular special edition made. There was also a revered Champagne flavour in 2008 and in Christmas 2012 a limited gold edition contained edible gold flecks.
(29) Eddie Redmayne loves a bit of Marmy.
(30) Apparently, if you tap a bit of Marmite with a spoon several times it turns white-ish because the paste becomes full of little air bubbles.
(31) The original British Marmite was first supplied in earthenware pots.
(32) A hot Marmite drink is believed to be a good hangover cure in Sri Lanka.
(33) In 2009, an obsessed thief stole 18 jars of it from a petrol station in a month.
(35) Marmi also contains iodine which helps to speed up the absorption of iron.
(36) Not only that, It also contains thiamine which helps to protect your nervous system.
(37) in 2013 The Daily Mail claimed that Marmite can give you “weird” dreams,
(38) in 2013 the ASA (advertising Standards Authority) received 250 complaints in 24 hours referring to a TV advert that mimicked animal cruelty. Judge the advert for yourself (below)
(39) Even today most of the yeast extract used in our favourite spread still comes from the Bass brewery as it has since its inception.
(40)The crucial difference between Marmite and Bovril is that Bovril is made from cows.
(41) Whilst researching this article I took two breaks and each time I had a cup of tea a two slices of Marmy toast! Lovely.
(42) Vitamin B12 is not actually found naturally in the yeast extract, it is added artificially during the manufacturing process.
(43) In 2010, Unilever threatened legal action against the right wing British National Party for using a jar of their product and the “love it or hate it” slogan in their TV advertisements.
(44) Walkers Crisps make a limited edition Marmite-flavoured pack every now and then and can be bought on Amazon.
Walkers Crisps – Limited Edition Marmite Flavour -32.5g x 24
(45) It should not be taken by patients who take certain antidepressant medications, such as Nardil or Parnate, as apparently the yeast extract interacts badly with these med’s, ask your doctor if you are not sure.
(46) In 2014 The owner of a food shop in Canada said he had been ordered to stop selling Marmy because it contained illegal additives.
(49) In 2015, two new limited edition Summer jars were launched, The widely available ‘Summer Love’ jar, and the more exclusive run of just 94 ‘Summer Hate’ jars.
(50) I love Marmite.
Marmy can help help pregnant women to get over morning sickness
it’s great for elderly people who have lost their sense of taste.
The original recipe has remained unchanged in its 113 year history
A British company selling South African imports of a certain brand of yeast extract was successfully warned off by Unilever and stopped trading in the illicit goods.
You can buy a personalised jar of Marmite through their facebook page:
English scientist Lucy Wills found that the folic acid in our lovely black tar could be used to treat anaemia.
Here’s a Marmy joke I found on the InterWeb. “I’m in great mood tonight because the other day I entered a competition and I won a years supply of Marmite..one jar”
Some people use Marmy lids for cutting pastry circles for mince pies.
You can download the “Marmasaurus” EBook for free if you want.
The jars are ideal for storing spices in a bright place. Light degrades spices and herbs, so dark jars like these would make them last longer.
Amazon sells a Marmite cookbook and tip book.
The Marvellous Miniature Marmite Cookbook (Cookery)
Contrary to popular myth It is NOT gluten-free, it contains 60ppm gluten, exactly three times the legal limit for gluten-free food.
The local council in Ceredigion, Wales, banned it in primary schools in 2008, because of the worry of its high salt content.
Some people use the empty jars to store things like coins, nails, buttons or even as a mini vase.
Innocent Smoothies played an April fools joke in 2012 claiming to have released a special limited edition Mangoes and Marmite smoothie.
Do you want to know how to make Marmite dog biscuits
Marmite is not suitable for coeliacs and can make them ill.
In London (and below) you can buy Kosher Marmite which comes in specially shaped jars.
Marmite Yeast Extract, 100% vegetarian Kosher 70g Glass Jar
A man in the UK, original name, Saire May, changed his name by deed-poll to Saire Marmite to celebrate his love of the black gooey paste.
According to the Daily Telegraph Marmite can boost your immune system massively:
According to research in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, high doses of niacin (or vitamin B3), one of the main ingredients in Marmite, help boost the body’s defences against staphylococcus bacteria. In tests, concentrated niacin – which produces neutrophils, a white blood cell that fights bacteria – increased our immune system’s ability to kill different strains of the bugs by up to 1,000 times.
And finally a tip from a Marmy enthusiast;
His father taught him “to prepare Marmite on toast by thoroughly mixing a little Marm with a pat of butter and spreading the softened mixture on to hot toast. This method ensures that the butter and Marm are evenly distributed, that neither dominates, and that all the ingredients are enjoyed at their best.
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