Marmite – that yeast based spread from Britain. You either love it or hate it. That’s the marketing slogan. Well, the Danes aren’t going to get the choice. Denmark banned Marmite last year under the food safety law. Apparently it has extra vitamins/minerals that can impact health so it was black listed. Many years ago it was also banned in Norway – something to do with the high salt content (which is ironic considering the Norwegians eat salt with everything).
I’m in the “love Marmite” camp and I’ve taken it into work on several occasions in various guises (Marmite spread, Marmite biscuits, Marmite Chocolate, Marmite cashew nuts) in order to get my colleagues to love the spread as much as I do. I’m not having much luck. When I first took it into the office I was told that perhaps I shouldn’t really be flaunting it around at the lunch table given that it’s banned in the country. When I encouraged people to try it (which to their credit they did) most were rather impolite about the taste.
It’s tough to get hold of in Norway. I normally buy it when I visit the UK. BUT – I’ve been told about a place where, in a Marmite emergency, you can get hold of a jar. Jacobs in Oslo. It’s not on the shelf so you have to ask for it. I’m told it’s in a cabinet in the back office which I found quite funny but hey, it’s a source in Norway so who’s complaining?
I noticed on the Marmite website that there is a contact for Norway so perhaps it’s not banned any more…here’s hoping!