Whether you absolutely love it or hate it, you have to admit that Marmite is a quintessential British staple. But whilst we Americans may not quite understand the logic of the English when it comes to the the rather unsavoury looking food spread, we also have to appreciate that they don't understand many of our culinary choices, not least our disavowal of the something called an "egg cup" - a device that is designed to hold your boiled egg.
Now I don't know about you, but I personally can't get behind Marmite as a concept, let alone something that you routinely slather on toast. Food spreads should not be allowed to be such unappetising shades of dark brown or be so notoriously sticky. But what truly confuses me about our friends across the pond, however, is that they voluntarily put salted yeast extract on their bread instead of jam or peanut butter. Just, why?!
Despite being wholly convinced that Marmite is a plague on the breakfast scene, according to Londoners, I am unequivocally incorrect. London City Airport has revealed that Marmite is the most-seized item as Brits just refuse to go anywhere without it.
In fact, those who hail from the country of rain and Earl Grey are so dedicated to the spread that they've repeatedly been caught trying to sneak it past security. The airport released a statement disclosing that not only was Marmite the number one forbidden branded food article confiscated from hand luggage at security, but that it is also one of the top 10 food items that English people choose to bring with them on their travels.
What I find difficult to understand, however, is why English folk don't just purchase the special 70g travel-sized jars of Marmite that manufacturers made available in 2015, but I guess we can't understand every facet of the so-called "special relationship" between America and the United Kingdom.
But regardless, London City Airport is there for those who can't survive in foreign lands without the food spread, well for today, at least. Throughout the 31st July, one of the busiest days of the year to travel, the airport will be replacing confiscated jars of Marmite with the 70g travel-sized alternative.
Thank goodness for that. If you've never experienced the unique delight (or horror) that is Marmite, now's a good reason to get sucked into the hype. I mean, you'll never feel indifferent towards it.