Vegemite by Mondelez International

Vegemite by Mondelez International

Country of Origin: Australia

Ingredients: Yeast extract, salt, potassium chloride, malt extract (from barley), contains preservative (sulphur dioxide), vegetable extract (contains onion, celery), niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, folic acid

Allergy Info: Contains barley and wheat

Introduced in 1923 by Fred Walker & Co and currently owned by Kraft, Vegemite is another staple Australian treat. Reported by many to be salty with a taste of beef bullion and great for spreads or dips (toast or cookies), Vegemite is a dark brown food paste made from yeast extract along with various vegetable and space additives. Vegemite's popularity began when Vegemite was officially endorsed by the British Medical Association as a rich source of Vitamin B (Vegemite is known to be one of the richest sources of B vitamins thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folic acid.) Due to its nutritional value, Vegemite was promoted as a healthy food for children during World War 2, with ads saying "Vegemite fights with the men up north! If you are one of those who don't need Vegemite medicinally, then thousands of invalids are asking you to deny yourself of it for the time being." By the late 1940s Vegemite was used in 9 out of 10 Australian homes. There was even a catchy jingle for it, sang by healthy, smiling children singing "We're happy little Vegemites". Vegemites are so iconic in Australia that old Vegemite jars are preserved for display in the National Museum of Australia.

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