Is Vegemite just a prank food for tourists?

I must confess I am a lover of Vegemite - otherwise known as 'a Vegemite Kid.' I agree it is an acquired taste and best enjoyed by those raised on the product from a young age. Vegemite is uniquely Australian and a must try delicacy for anyone visiting the 'land down under'.

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Vegemite-cake Vegemite Cheese Cake

The ways in which people consume their Vegemite can differ considerably. Some prefer a thin layer on their toast, whilst others (such as myself) blob it on in thick chunky slabs, spreading it right onto the edges of the crust of toast. There is nothing (well almost) nothing better than a Vegemite sandwich made with freshly baked bread!

Others may load their toast with a combination of Vegemite and Avocado, some include the addition of an egg also. Personally I have not ventured into this territory - I will forever remain a purist when it comes to Vegemite.

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Vegemite recently released (for a limited time) a ‘premium’ version of the popular spread called “Blend 17.” It promises a bolder and richer flavour than the original - of course it’s twice the price. From what I’ve read the change in taste has not gone down well with lovers of the ‘original (secret)’ Vegemite blend.


With Easter upon us Vegemite have offered up a recipe for Cheesy Vegemite Hot Cross Buns! The recipe for this unique Easter treat is reproduced from the Vegemite website. They have a YouTube video tutorial for those who'd like to whip up a batch themselves.

Vegemite-Hot-Cross-Buns Vegemite Hot Cross Buns

  • Prep time: 35 min
  • Total time: 55 min
  • Makes: 12 servings


14g dried yeast 1 cup lukewarm water 2 Farm Pride Eggs, lightly beaten ¼ cup VEGEMITE 1 tablespoon caster sugar 20g butter, melted 3½ cups flour ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1 Farm Pride Egg yolk 1 tablespoon water VEGEMITE, extra, for the crosses.


Place yeast and warm water in a large bowl and mix until yeast is dissolved. Add the Farm Pride Eggs, VEGEMITE, sugar and butter and whisk to combine. Stir in the flour and cheese and mix together then knead for 5-10 minutes on a floured surface until dough is smooth and springy. Set aside in a covered bowl, in a warm place, to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Knock back dough then knead lightly. Divide into 12 even portions. Roll each into a smooth bun and place on a floured baking tray. Set aside in a warm place for 20 minutes or until doubled in size. Beat together egg yolk and water to make an egg wash. Cut a cross in the top of each bun and brush egg wash over the top. Spoon the extra VEGEMITE into a piping bag with a small plain nozzle and pipe across the buns. Bake in a hot oven 200c for 15-20 minutes or until golden and bases are crisp and sound hollow when tapped. Cool on a wire rack.

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In 2015 Lifehacker produced an article entitled How To Hack Your Entire Life With Vegemite, which is quite amusing. It included such nuggets as…..

Kill Hair Lice

Presumably the Lice are all stunned or at worst busy chewing through the thick yeasty spread and thus easier to catch with a nit comb.

Use It As A WD-40 Substitute

Again, I've not tested this particular idea but I'm going to suggest it'll make a terrible WD-40 substitute; I'd worry at the very least about leaving salty residues on metallic parts for any length of time.

Turn It Into A Soft Drink

Lifehacker Australia pioneered this one s a couple of years back. The results were... unique.

Use It To Make Your Own Big Macs

You'll never truly recreate that aura of teenage indifference and hormones that go into the genuine article, but if you're keen on a homemade Mac, the secret is in fact, Vegemite.

Use It As A Hangover Cure

Lots of folk swear by the power of Vitamin B to aid in hangover recovery and Vegemite sells itself on its high Vitamin B content, so this would seem to make sense. It's worth noting that not every cure stands up to rigorous scientific testing but you're unlikely to do yourself too much harm with some post-party Vegemite.

I for one would not even contemplate many of these hacks - especially putting it in your hair. How on earth anyone could remove Vegemite from a whole head of hair would in my opinion be an almost impossible task.


The History Of Vegemite

Vegemite was developed by Cyril Percy Callister in Melbourne, Victoria in 1922. An update on ownership: The Vegemite brand was owned by Mondelez International however it was acquired by the Australian Bega Cheese group following an agreement in January 2017.

Sandra Hawkins

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