Growing up on Vegemite is all part of being Australian. I was one of those kids who had Vegemite on toast, crumpets, sandwiches and made ‘worms’ through the holes of crackers. Fast forward a few decades to find out that Vegemite contains gluten and is yet another food I can no longer eat was actually a little devastating. I went through the seven stages of grieving , it had been part of my life, my identity and comfort for so long. I was stuck on the anger stage of the grieving process for a long time. How can I possibly remove Vegemite from my life, why was I forced to even contemplate this, what do I do to deserve this? Then I got over it, I was loyal to Vegemite for so long, but they now failed to be loyal to me…so I was going to take my business elsewhere!
Enter Freedom Foods Vege Spread. A company moving with the times and recognising the market out there for Vegemite lovers and gluten-haters. It is gluten-free (made from corn and tapioca) and yeast free and also boasts being nut-free, Vegan and GMO free. It is a little more expensive than Vegemite (but most gluten-free food is! – sigh), but it is easy to find and a great substitute. It looks a little different, it’s slightly more translucent and has a softer-smoother texture, not bad – just different and hard to get used to after several decades of Vegemite consumption. It tastes a little different to Vegemite, but dare I say a little better, it’s slightly sweeter and less salty and doesn’t seem to be as overpowering or as strong as Vegemite can be.
I’m a convert – goodbye Vegemite, hello Vege Spread.