Vegemite: less is more, but a bit is delicious

Vegemite: less is more, but a bit is delicious

When it comes to Vegemite, less is more. Seriously. Too many non-Australians come down under, smear a heap of Vegemite on toast like it’s sugary sweet Nutella, and then wrinkle up their nose in disgust and spit out a spoonful of perfectly good Vegemite.

Jar of vegemite in front of Luna Park, St Kilda, Australia

As an American who loves Vegemite—yes, you read that correctly—I can attest to the deliciousness of this salty spread when smeared correctly. Made of yeast extract–a byproduct of beer manufacturing–it’s as Australian as kangaroos and koalas, but best in small doses. Here are my favorite ways to enjoy a bit of Vegemite:

Christine Amorose and Jesus enjoying her first Vegemite in Australia

Toastie: My first taste was a Vegemite and cheese toastie while road-tripping the Great Ocean Road with an Australian girlfriend. As with most things, I discovered that melted cheese makes anything palatable.

Vegemite and butter on multigrain toast

On toast: The key here is butter. Lots of butter, just a little Vegemite. It is not Nutella, people. I repeat, it IS NOT NUTELLA. Still my favorite Australian snack at any time of day.

Avocado mash and Vegemite on toast at Cafe Racer, St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia

With avocado mash on toast: The combination of avocado and Vegemite is unbeatable: a bit of veg, some saltiness, perfectly-toasted bread. While it’s on most brekky menus in Australia, I thought it was the perfect companion to my favorite latte in Melbs at Cafe Racer.

Smith's Vegemite chips in Australia

Smith’s Chips: A relatively new addition to the Vegemite scene, I taste-tested a bag with a group of Australians. The overall consensus was: the perfect hungover breakfast in a bag—you’d never even have to leave the couch! Last time I checked, they were only being sold at Cole’s for just $1 a bag!

Vegemite frozen yogurt at Tasti D-Lite on Chapel Street, Melbourne, Australia

Frozen yogurt: While I appreciate Tasti D-Lite’s willingness to incorporate some savoury into its sweet, I accept that Vegemite frozen yogurt was a marketing stunt, pure and simple. I fully accept that less is more when it comes to Vegemite, but I could barely even taste it as a mixer with my vanilla!

Vegemite, butter, cheddar cheese and Vitawheat crackers

Cheese and crackers: Using ingredients pictured above, you can make the best possible cheese and crackers EVER. Smear butter on cracker, add Vegemite, top with cheese. Yum!

Cheesymite scroll from Bakers Delight, Australia

Cheesymite Scroll: Bakers Delight, a popular Australian franchise, sells a cheesymite scroll that is a carb-alicious combination of cheese and Vegemite. My pick for Vegemite on the go.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy a bit of Vegemite? 

p.s. Just found out that Bakers Delight is giving away a FREE Mini Cheesymite scroll to anyone who pops in on Australia Day, no purchase necessary.  So if you haven’t tried one yet, make sure you stop in on January 26 for a bit of cheesy Vegemite goodness!

  • I’ve never had vegemite, but it seems to be a very polarizing food. People either love it or they hate it. Whenever I get to try some I’ll have to remember less is more. 

  • Great post and pictures! My hubby would agree with you re less is more. I make him his Veggie Toast every morning – ugh. Wrote about it in True Love Is Making the Vegemite Toast  http://mysydneyparislife.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/true-love-is-making-the-vegemite-toast/

    Cheers and enjoy.

  • Vanessa

    My favourite treat is a McDonald’s hash brown, spread with two of their little Vegemite containers 🙂

  • Jen

    ohhh gorgeous pic, I was looking at it for ages thinking it looked like Luna Park in St. Kilda until I hovered over the top! I love vegemite! x

  • Anonymous

    Vegemite frozen yogurt? YUCK. I am not a fan of the stuff, even in small doses….

  • MarkG

    The avocado combo looks good.

    Tastes great on crackers with cream cheese and sliced cucumber. Also nice on toast with peanut butter.

    Being from the UK I have a bias for the taste of Marmite. On cold winter days it can be mixed with hot water for a great savoury drink.

  • Jan

    I think you have nailed it with the Vita Wheat, butter, vegemite and cheese.  Another terrific way is toast with marg, vegemite, sliced cheese, and sliced tomato on top (good for brekkie)

  • Ah, the Cheeseymite Scroll  – how I miss it! I found a recipe to make your own and I have a jar of Vegemite (two actually) ready to go! Maybe I’ll make them on Australia Day! Nice post 🙂

  • With Avocado? Really? Do tell. I’m going to try it this week.

    Cheeseymite scrolls rule. How does it feel to be the only American to have conquered the ‘mite?

  • Candice Walsh

    Alright, you SEEM to know what you’re talking about…so I’ll give it another shot. 😉

    Actually, those photos make it look quite delicious…

  • I’ve got to try that avocado combo when I’m back in Australia, it’s not as common in Perth!

  • I’m a little disappointed… ew. 🙂  I do enjoy the cheesymite scroll though.

  • As soon as I read this title I immediately thought something accusatory like, “Vegemite: The Nutella-faking Trickster.” Unfortunately, your post saw right through my apparently popular mistake of thinking this goodie was made of roasted almonds and a full cup of skim milk.

    Fool me once Vegemite, shame on me. Fool me twice Vegemite, and……? 

  • Kevo65sg

    Mix a little vegemite with a lot od peanut butter for a real solid rocking spread!

  • Great article on vegemite, it certainly adds taste to the eatables. Even i love it. Thanks.

  • Datrol

    You’re right Natasha, Perth is not really in Australia any way!

  • Hey that’s my hometown you’re talking about! 😉

  • Anonymous

    Just mix it with plenty of butter (and cheese!) and you’ll be fine 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Haha love it! What a good wife 🙂

  • Anonymous

    YUM! Have never thought of that…but i did steal a few Vegemite packets from my hostel in Perth to take with me to Bali 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Haha yesss that was the view from my balcony at my apartment in St Kilda–can you imagine now why I never wanted to leave?!

  • Anonymous

    You either love it or you hate it 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Mmmm cream cheese and cucumber–that sounds delicious! Will definitely be trying that combination. My Welsh friend is already on me to try Marmite–never thought of putting it with hot water! Interesting.

  • Anonymous

    Ohhh I like that idea! Good thing I sent a jar of Vegemite back to the states–so many fun new recipes to experiment with when I’m home!

  • Anonymous

    How fun–I would love to see a recipe (and photos!) of how to make your own Cheesymite scroll. Blog post in the making!

  • Anonymous

    Oh my gosh it’s the BEST with avo mash! Try it and report back. And I must admit, it feels pretty darn good!

  • Anonymous

    I swear–as with everything–just add more butter.

  • Anonymous

    Seems like it! Head to Cafe Racer in St Kilda next time you’re in Melbs–it’s delish.

  • Anonymous

    Haha so you won’t be next in line to try Vegemite frozen yogurt?

  • Anonymous

    Haha try it once and you will NEVER mistake it for Nutella 🙂

  • Anonymous

    second one to suggest that–I do love my peanut butter, so I’ll have to try it!

  • Anonymous

    Glad I’m not the only one!

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