Friday, July 20, 2012

The Vegemite Experiment: findings from NellieVaughn...

Any of you who have been reading my blog for a while will remember that a few weeks ago I proposed an experiment.  The goal ... to see if non Australians could enjoy the delightful sandwich spread that is known as Vegemite.

Today when I logged on to see what was happening in Blogteria it was to find that the first of my little care packages had reached their destination.  NellieVaughn over at Buttons Are Not Currency had received hers, along with my handy dandy instruction sheet, and she promptly leapt into action.

As Nellie isn't able to eat anything with gluten in it she couldn't test the spread herself.  It's jam packed full of those little glutinous buggers.  That's my bad, I should have made that clear from the start.  But undaunted, she still forged ahead, determined to do her bit for science.

She gave it to several adults to try, as well as her two absolutely adorable nieces, and the results were mixed I must say.  According to her the adults seemed to like it, but if the video evidence she posted is anything to go by I'd have to say the two girls were less than impressed.

One of them described it as tasting like "meat juice".  Hmm, fair cop.  I can totally see where she got that from.  I suppose it does taste a bit like basted roast beef.  The other said that it tasted "sour".  I probably would have gone with salty, but given that this is an experiment it's probably better that I keep my nosy opinions to myself and stop trying to skew the results.

So, to summarise.  So far we can determine that older, more mature taste buds are able to appreciate the allure of Vegemite, but it seems to be lacking in appeal to the youngsters.  But of course these are just the preliminary results, we've still got two more tubes of salty goodness making their way across the ocean!

And now, just for shits and giggles, here's an old Vegemite commercial!



So I'd like to thank NellieVaughn for her her valuable contribution to scientific knowledge!  We appreciate your willingness to sacrifice your friends and family to the cause!  Now we wait with palpitations to see what results Sporkgasm and Just Keepin It Real, Folks get!

19 comments:

  1. Oh girl, do I have surprises in store for you!!!!!!!!

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  2. I tried vegemite once, but I'm sorry to say I did not enjoy it at all.

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    1. If youtube is anything to go by, I'd say you're not alone. It doesn't seem to be popular with the overseas market.

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  3. I received mine and am going to try it next week. THEN when I have more time I'm actually going to make a good recipe with it. I will video and put it up on my blog. From the smell test I am NOT going to like it on toast.

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  4. NellieVaughn is a true Hero of Science! I hope her experimentees all live.

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  5. In what way is Vegemite good. Horrible horrible horrible!!!

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    1. I don't know, I'm rather fond of it. Have it for breakfast every morning :D

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  6. I saw her video. Those kids really contemplate the taste. So I may say I'm a touch terrified by the description of "meat juice." And this is from someone who wraps toothpaste in bacon.

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    1. I did a double take at the "meat juice", but then I thought about it and could see the logic.

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  7. Ha ha ha! I love Vegemite but my family lives in Australia & England so it probably doesn't count. Meat juice! LOL!!!!

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    1. Maybe there's a Vegemite gene! Eureka, a breakthrough!

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  8. Lol, this is hilarious. I'm heading over to Nellie's right now to see that video. I've never tried Vegemite as far as I know - but if it tastes like meat sauce then chances are I wouldn't like it ;-)

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    1. Trust me, if you'd tried Vegemite you'd remember it :D

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  9. Hi Kellie -- There's a Kreativ Blogger Award for you over at my blog today (Fri July 20)!

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  10. Meat juice, yeah I can see that :)

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  11. That's me!
    I can't wait to see what the others think. As for the Vegemite I received in the mail, my brother stole it soon after I recorded the video.

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