My mate, Marmite! I'm with you ducky. It's a lovely filler. I've had it on toast and in my sarnies for years. Very unique taste. Over here, they say you either love it or hate it -- never inbetween. I'm glad you're in the former.
Marmite (pronounced [/ˈmɑːmaɪt/]) is the name given to two similar food spreads, a British version produced in the United Kingdom and South Africa and the other in New Zealand. Marmite is made from yeast extract, a by-product of beerbrewing, and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
The British version of the product is a sticky, dark brown paste with a distinctive, powerful flavour, which is extremely salty and savoury with umami qualities, comparable to soy sauce. This distinctive taste is reflected in the British company's marketing slogan: "Love it or hate it." It is similar to the AustralianVegemite and SwissCenovis. Bovril is a similar-looking spread made from beef extract; it tastes completely different to Marmite.
The distinctive product was originally British, but a version with a noticeably different taste has been manufactured in New Zealand since 1919, and this is the dominant version in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands.
The image on the front of the British jar shows a "marmite", a French term for a large, covered earthenware or metal cooking pot. The British Marmite was originally supplied in earthenware pots, but since the 1920s has been sold in glass jars that approximate the shape of such pots. A thinner version in squeezable plastic jars was introduced in March 2006.