Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Let's Taste Vegemite!

Today Mrs. Yollis' class got a chance to taste Vegemite! This Australian favorite was a gift from their quad-blogging buddy, Jarrod! 

Jarrod sent the class a wonderful gift package filled with candies (lollies), an Australian souvenir,  and a tube of Vegemite.

 Jarrod is a member of the fabulous  2KM and 2KJ class. This tremendous group of bloggers lives in Victoria, Australia. He has earned his own blog!

First, the Vegemite was spread on crackers. Jarrod recommended starting with a thin layer of Vegemite.

Next, the class raised their Vegemite in a toast to the Aussies!

"Raise your hand if you like it and would try it again!" asked Mrs. Yollis.

Thank you, Jarrod, for your thoughtful gift! We will never forget you!

Jarrod is a terrific blogger who always comments back to his readers. Here is a screen shot of some comments he wrote to the class:

What did you think of the Vegemite?

What is a typical American food that the Australians might not know? 

What are some other foods that you've tried from another country?


  1. @ Mrs Yollis and class,

    Hi, my name is Alana and I am from 2KM if you want to go on my blog here is the address

    I don't really have an answer for any of your questions because I just have not been on a trip.

    Best Wishes,

  2. Well done class,

    There seems to be a little Aussie in all of you if you liked Vegemite. It's a favourite of mine on toast or sandwiches.

    Jarrod has been so thoughtful.

    Ross Mannell (teacher)

  3. @ Alana,

    Thanks so much for jumping in on our new post! Good for you! I will check out your new blog at

    One time I was in Paris, France, and the special item on the menu was escarot...snails. Guess what? I tasted it! I like to try new things and have adventures! Would you have eaten the escargot?

    @ Mr. Mannell,

    No one in my class had ever heard of Vegemite! It looks a little like chocolate when you first look at it, so I think some of them were thinking it might taste sugary! I was proud that all of them were willing to try something new!

    What is the most unusual food you have ever eaten?

    Your friend,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

  4. Hi, this is Matthew. When I was at the Chateau Chantilly in France a few years ago I liked duck confit which my French Grandma calls greasy goose.

    I liked the Vegemite and I was excited to bring home the rest of the tube.

    Have you ever been to France?


  5. @ Mrs Yollis,

    Thank you so much for the great reply to me.

    I wouldn't really taste escargot because I don't want to taste snails.

    I actually do have a answer for you I like dim sims, I like pizza, I like spaghetti, and lots more.

    Thank you for the great reply again.

    Best Wishes,

  6. @ Mrs Yollis,

    When we go to a party we get a lolly bag what do you call it?

    Yes I have had something from another country popping candy it is from Ireland.


  7. Dear Mrs Yollis and students,

    That is great that you all got to try Vegemite which Jarrod sent you.

    I have to admit it something that you either love it or not. I don't mind vegemite but I much rather have a piece of pav.

    This is a cake made out of egg whites and baked in the oven then once cool you can top your pav with whipped cream with fresh berries on top. :) As this more of a sweet and it is so Australian and yummy too.

    Have to agree with Mr Mannel you sure all are now real little Aussies.

    From your pal down under,

  8. Wow! What a bunch of brave kids! I'm not so sure I would have been so brave. Congratulations for trying new things everyone!!! Love, Lauren (Jordyn's mom)

  9. Dear Mrs Yollis and Grade 3
    Vegemite is also a favourite in New Zealand.
    Some people prefer Marmite which is from England and is very similar.

    I'm glad Jarrod advised you to start with just a thin smear of Vegemite, as it can otherwise be quite overpowering to 'newbies'.

    I sometimes enjoy a Vegemite and lettuce sandwich, or a grilled cheese sandwich with a thin smear of Vegemite under the cheese.
    It is also good on a tasted muffin with grilled cheese!

    When I was in America I enjoyed trying pumpkin pie- in New Zealand we tend to eat pumpkin as a roasted vegetable, or as soup.
    I did enjoy the pie!

    We also enjoy pavlova as AA described! It's a popular choice for a special occasion dessert.

    Mmmm, roll on dinner time!

    from Mrs McKenzie

  10. Dear Mrs Yollis,

    I did not like the Vegemite that much because it was too salty. I would prefer either cream cheese on my bread or peanut butter. Sometimes for dessert, my mother spreads Nutella on bread. It is a chocolate hazelnut cream that is very delicious. Have you ever tried it?

    In Australia they don't have the same sweets that we do. I read that they don't have Recess Peanut Butter Cups, Twinkies, Oreo Cookies and Cracker Jacks. Is that true?

    Some foods that started in America is hots dogs, hamburgers, New York style pizza, grits and cold cereal. I have never tasted grits before and I don't think they have it in Australia.

    My grandmother cooks Russian food. One thing that she makes is Borsht. This is a red beet soup that also has potatoes and cabbage. I really like it, but not everyone does.


  11. @ Sarah,

    Hi my name is Liam. I am in 2KM.

    In fact we do have Oreos. But we don’t have any of the other food.

    If you ever have Vegemite again you might want to have it on toast.

    From your blogging buddy,

  12. Dear Sarah,

    Hi my Millie in 2KM.

    No I have not tased the chocolate hazelnut cream but it is popular.

    Well you are right about the lollies (candy) we don't have it in Austraila.

    I bet you grandmother must make Russian food a lot.
    What does Russian food tase like?
    Has your grandmother been to Russa?

    Great comment.


  13. Hi Sarah,

    Great comment.

    My name is Jordi from 2KM.

    Please check out my blog.

    Yes I have had Nutella. I have it on toast.

    Well we have Oreo Cookies in Australia, but everything else we don't have.

    What are grits?


  14. @ Mrs Yollis and class,

    I’m glad you all tried the vegemite and it looks like most of you liked it. Jarrod’s brother Tyler loves vegemite and cheese sandwiches for lunch.

    When I stayed in America I found some differences in the food such as what is cooked on the BBQ, the sausages were different and we use our BBQ for everything in summer. I also learnt that biscuits in America were like what we call scones and your cookies were our biscuits, pretty funny isn’t it. Something else I tried over there were sloppy joeys and buffalo burgers. When I came back I brought back some Recess and all of my friends loved them, I do see them in shops sometimes now the one chocolate I remember being popular was Baby Ruths but I haven’t seen them here.

    We have eaten kangaroo which was nice, do you think you could try some?

    Best wishes,
    Melane (Jarr☀d’s Mum)

  15. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Australia doesn't have oreos or dum dums.

    They are my favorite treat!♥♦
    I have never tried Vegemite before so it was a new taste for me.

    I did not care for Vegemite, but I do like trying knew things.

    I have tried many different kind of food from different countries, states and continents. One of my favorite is catletca. It is a Russian meat that I ADORE!♥

    I'd like to say a very special thank you to Jarrod because he let our class try knew things and making our blog amazing!♥


  16. Hello Mrs. Yollis and class,

    I am so excited to find your blog. I am Jake's grandmother and he's been telling me about how he likes to blog. Jake also gave me instructions on how to find your classroom blog and how to comment. Now that I have found your blog, I will certainly be following you. I look forward to reading about all the exciting projects that you do in your class.

    I'll bet the Vegemite was good.

    (Jake's grandmother)

  17. @Liam,

    Thank you for responding back. I am not sure I want to try Vegemite again. I think it tastes too salty. I like sweet things better. Do you like Oreos? What would foods would you like to try from America?

    From you new blogging buddy,

  18. @Jordi

    Thank you for responding back to me.

    Grits is mainly eaten for breakfast. Grits is a type of porridge made from ground corn. I have never tried grits. It is a food that is eaten in the South of the United States. What do you eat for breakfast?

    From you new Blogging buddy

  19. @ Melane (Jarr☀d’s Mum),

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful gift! The students, their parents, and I were really touched by the gesture of friendship. Thank you!

    We did have a little sampling of the Vegemite. I was very pleased that everyone was willing to try something new!

    Where did you stay when you were in America? The mom who helped me with the Vegemite was an exchange student to Australia when she was in college. She lived in Sydney and really enjoyed the experience.

    BBQ is still quite popular in the United States, especially at my house! I remember sloppy Joes! They are not as common now, but I used to love them! Baby Ruths are still a popular candy and so are Reeses.

    I love adventure and would probably try most anything. I'm sure I'd try kangaroo. When I was in Peru, the delicacy was guinea pig...and I ate like a local!

    How do you like blogging?

    Your friend,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

  20. @ Mrs. Y♥llis,

    We can't believe you tried guinea pig, you are very adventurous!

    We are very glad that everyone loved the present. Jarr☀d spent a lot of time trying to decide what to send you and your class.

    I stayed in Ogallala, NE back in 1993, a while ago now. I remember then that they were talking about the internet and being able to talk to people overseas etc instantly but I couldn't imagine how, now I can't imagine not.

    Jarr☀d and I both love blogging as we get to meet lots of people and learn all about their country and their culture. Jarr☀d has taught me so many more IT skills from blogging with him, he's becoming a bit of an IT expert.

    Your blogging buddies,
    Jarr☀d and Melane

  21. Hi Mrs Yollis and class,

    the key with vegemite is toasted bread with margarine then a very thin layer of vegemite (like you can almost not see it).

    We know of most the American food however the hardest thing I found is even if we have the same food here and in USA -- it tastes very different.

    For example, our bacon is more like what you call Canadian bacon, your pancakes are cooked with buttermilk (is that correct?). Most of your products like soft drinks, chocolates and lollies replace the sugar with high-fructose corn syrup which has a totally different taste compared to ours that use sugar.

  22. Dear Mrs. Yollis and students,
    I enjoyed reading your post about trying Vegemite. Miss Wyatt and Mr. Davo Devil brought us a tube of Vegemite from Tasmania when she visited last week.

    On Friday, the class that met Miss W will have the opportunity to try Vegemite on crackers. I wonder if they will have similar thoughts to yours?

    I think its interesting that we all eat different favorite foods. When I lived in Germany as an exchange student we had Nutella on bread for breakfast.

    We also had something called Quark with jam on bread. I have never seen it here in America. It sure was delicious there!

    We even have different favorites within our huge country. In the Northeast where I grew up, we never had grits because it's a southern food. In the summer, we loved to have blueberry pancakes!

    How wonderful that Jarrod sent you the Vegemite so you could experience something new!

    Your Seattle blogging buddy,
    Mrs. Hembree

  23. Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for the reply.

    I have toast or fruit.

    I love the ending 'From your new blogging buddie'. Maybe I'll use it.


  24. Dear Jarrod,

    I am one of Mrs. Yollis’ new students. Thank you for the Vegemite and the candy. They were both amazing! I am sure that we are going to give you some candy, called M&Ms, and we are also going to send you some American flags. I hope you will like the M&Ms and the flags that we will send you.

    Have you ever tasted an M&M?


  25. Dear Mrs.Yollis classroom and Mrs.Yollis,

    I have enjoyed your classroom blog. I love this post about the food from where you spread over some or a cracker or crackers.

    I have some questions to your class. Is it supposed to be some kind of African cheese? Why does it have to be a cracker? oh my! Now I smell crackers and cheese and hand sanitizer in the class room! Probably because I just read about that food that you spread on a cracker, and probably because there is some hand sanitizer in front of my face.

    I am sitting with Mrs. Watanabe as I make my first comment. My teacher is Ms.Olen.

    My favorite food is Macaroni and cheese, my favorite snack is cheese crackers, but, not Cheesits.

    Thanks for teaching me about a new food.

    (in Miss Olen's class)

  26. Wow. That's so cool that you got to try Vegemite! My class got to try it to.
    -Nikki M


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