So today for a fun experiment I whipped out the classic jar of Vegemite for my class and professor to try! Vegemite is an iconic Australian spread, and is trademarked throughout our culture. We grew up with the ‘Happy little Vegemite’ tune programmed into the back of our 2 year old brains, Men At Work featured Vegemite in one of their songs, and I’m sure we’ll never forget those Vegemite sandwich school lunches.
All the Australian’s back home are probably wondering why it’s such a big deal for American’s to try Vegemite. Well, we grew up on it, so we wouldn’t know any different. The best comparison for this experience would be like traveling to America and trying a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for the first time.
It certainly was an interesting class! No one had tried Vegemite before, so it was a whole new experience for everyone. The funniest part for me was that no one actually understood what Vegemite was, and I was at a loss at how to describe it. ‘Was it made out of vegetables’ was one question, another student compared it to tasting like soy sauce. A girl in my class, Courtnee, asked if Vegemite was made from a rock… I was beyond silent hysteria at this point. To her defence, the label does say ‘contains minerals’.
Thank you to all of my amazing class mates, and my teacher Elmer, for participating in this video. Your reactions were priceless, hope you enjoy!