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Vegemite: The Aussie Version of Peanut Butter

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VegemiteSo many Aussies love vegemite that you are basically outcasted if you are one of the few that are repulsed by it. They eat it on toast; they eat it on sandwiches. It’s a breakfast, lunch or snack food requested by the masses down under, so much that it could be the equivalent of peanut butter in America.

For travelers, it’s a novelty. Everyone has to try it once when they arrive in Australia, and my mom and step-dad were no exceptions. Here is their reactions in video form!

*image courtesy of Vegemite website

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17 Responses to Vegemite: The Aussie Version of Peanut Butter

  1. brookeschoenman March 19, 2010 at 6:26 am #

    Vegemite: The Aussie Version of Peanut Butter http://goo.gl/fb/R158

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  2. Kate March 19, 2010 at 6:16 am #

    This is hilarious! Your step dad is seriously funny. Haha. Vegemite is something….out of this world. And I’m not sure that’s a good thing! Ain’t no-body messin’ with my peanut butter though!

    Cheers!

  3. Shannon OD March 19, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    I love your step-dad’s reaction …it’s priceless…mine was akin to that when I tried it. Then of course, if you’re there and you claim that you dont like it they all tell you “Oh, you just haven’t tried it like this – it’s great if you (insert new manner of eating it here!)” I gave it a go three separate times and then just went back to my good oleo PB 🙂

  4. Darcy March 20, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    Ha! Being Australian, I’d just like to say that I HATE the stuff. It’s disgusting. But Peanut butter is nearly as bad 😉

    • Brooke March 20, 2010 at 6:47 pm #

      You don’t like peanut butter?! haha

      • Darcy March 21, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

        Nope! It’s a little bit better than Vegemite though 😉 I’ll stick to salad and ham and jam and Nutella on my sandwiches.

  5. Anil March 23, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    haha, “knock the buzzards off the shit wagon” – never heard that before and not quite sure what it means but I like it 🙂

  6. Katrina Foster March 25, 2010 at 3:19 am #

    Hilarious! I’ve eaten a lot of odd food in my travels but vegemite is among my least favorite. I do not understand how it is so popular!

  7. Camden Luxford March 25, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    I emptied my travel stash of the stuff today – I’m devastated. While I was brought up on the stuff – literally, by the spoonful – I do get the universal disgust of the untrained palate. I used to work at a hostel in Edinburgh that stocked Vegemite for the free breakfast, and hours of entertainment were to be found watching non-Aussies circling round and round the mysterious yellow tube, picking it up, sniffing it and finally, the most daring, spreading way too much over their toast and grimacing in horror at the first mouthful. Hours of entertainment, I kid you not.

    • Brooke March 25, 2010 at 11:30 am #

      By the spoonful?! I cannot even imagine!

  8. Heather March 28, 2010 at 2:21 am #

    I didn’t try Vegemite back in 2006, but I know I won’t be able to get away without trying it this time around…and I have to try it once, right? Great reactions in the video — thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Brooke March 28, 2010 at 7:23 pm #

      Yep, it deserves a taste once – that’s more than enough 😉

  9. Pearl April 9, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    Ahhhhh. I used to be repulsed by Vegemite too and being an Aussie, it almost felt like I was letting the country down! But not long ago I actually tried it and fell in love with it straight away. Now I honestly can’t function without my Vegemite on toast every day ha.

    • Brooke April 9, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

      Haha, it’s so Un-Australian to not like vegemite 😉

  10. Akila April 24, 2010 at 4:13 am #

    Your step-dad’s reaction is exactly what mine was like. It’s just so salty. I had one bite and then considered spitting it out. Once was enough.

  11. Eric May 12, 2010 at 4:23 am #

    That was awesome. Your step-dad’s reaction had me rolling. I have never tried it but I think I want to know just to see how bad it is.

  12. Oscar Turner May 14, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    i love both peanut butter and cheeze as the filling of my morning sandwhich.:~,

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