There were some things I expected to arrive in my PO Box last week, but jars of Vegemite wasn’t one of them! A PR company had sent me a jar of their brand new “My First Vegemite” to try out. Now, I must admit that I believe you shouldn’t mess with a classic and to me that’s exactly what Vegemite is, a classic. Australian’s raised in the last eighty odd years were practically fed it from birth and I definitely remember the daily Vegemite sandwich squished up against my popper in my lunchbox at school.
They’ve now brought out a revised version with 50% less sodium, added iron and vitamins B6 and B12 which is obviously better for the little ones. We had Monica and Brock over for a play date so I knocked up a few sandwiches for the boys. I did this little “Spreadibility Comparision” for you because I found the consistency of the My First Vegemite to be more glossy and syrupy compared to the classic version. It spread easily but I could tell it was going to be different.
The boys didn’t like it. Monica didn’t mind it but said it had a different after-taste to it, a lot milder. Me… not a fan. I think we’ve all just been so accustomed already to the classic, I’m sure that if the “My First Vegemite” was the one he’d grown up eating he wouldn’t have batted an eyelid and gobbled it all down but my son has a smart palette and noticed the difference and promptly demanded a replacement sandwich and some grated cheese. Vegemite is such an original product and I don’t like it when they mess with it but I do appreciate the concern for our children’s health which is why I’m sharing it. To all those mum’s who are of the verge of introducing Vegemite to their tots maybe give this a whirl.
Three lucky people will get the chance to try My First Vegemite for free, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me “What does vegemite make you think of?“. Just be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win.