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Marmite Caramel Brownies

Well, there is the great Marmite debate: love it or hate it? And then there is the even greater divide, chocolate with Marmite, yes or no? I happen to be a big Marmite fan, as long as it is applied sparingly, but combined with chocolate I’m not so sure. Or at least I was somewhat dubious until I was sent a bar of Very Peculiar to try. In case you are unfamiliar with this, it is Marmite chocolate. I like the combination of salt and sweet, but there is a lot more to Marmite than just salt. Read on.

Very Peculiar is an apt name. The first bite tasted very peculiar indeed, the flavour of garlic and celery was there and took a bit of getting used to, but by my second bite I was getting something that was more akin to the taste of peanut butter. Now peanut butter and chocolate is one of the flavours I’m really rather fond of. By my third bite I was thoroughly enjoying it and had to put a stop to proceedings before I polished the bar off. Strangely the Marmite only came through as an aftertaste.  The chocolate is minimal, only 31% and the list of ingredients is long, but I found this strangely addictive and would not be averse to another bar or two. CT rather enjoyed it too and for a while I was worried it would never actually made it to the bake I was planning.

Along with the bar of Very Peculiar came a box of baking goodies which included, not surprisingly, a jar of Marmite. I was tasked with using the chocolate to create something delicious. I took the remaining half of the bar and put it somewhere safe while I contemplated its fate. Remembering the delicious sea salted caramels I’d recently reviewed, I thought Marmite caramel might just work. Chocolate brownies made with Very Peculiar and oozing soft caramel was the vision that set my pulse racing. So Marmite Caramel Brownies it was.

The Marmite caramel was a triumph of perfectly balanced salt and decedent sweetness with a certain je ne sais quoi and it was all I could do not to tuck in straight away with a large spoon. Supertaster CT detected the Marmite, but my mother was none the wiser and just pronounced it to be delicious when I gave her a spoonful to try.

The brownies were true to my vision and completely scrumptious. They had the classic crunchy top and were running with caramel. I had to try one warm from the oven and thought things really couldn’t get better than this. Despite the sweetness of the caramel, these were well balanced by both the Marmite and the dark chocolate. The Marmite gave a slight saltiness and a certain umami quality that we all liked, although CT was the only one who could actually taste Marmite. The next day, they had formed a more fudgy consistency, but were just as good. These have to be some of the best brownies I have ever made.


Marmite Caramel Brownies
Yields 12
If you like sweet and salt together and particularly sea salted caramel, you will like these brownies.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
50 min
  1. 1 tbsp honey
  2. scant 1/2 tsp Marmite
  3. 90g caster sugar
  4. 200 ml double cream
  5. 100g unsalted butter
  6. 100g dark chocolate 85%
  7. 50g Very Peculiar (Marmite chocolate)
  8. 200g dark brown sugar
  9. 2 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  10. 95g self-raising flour
  11. 5g cocoa powder
  1. Melt the honey and marmite in a pan over medium heat, then slowly add the sugar and leave for a few minutes to melt and lightly caramelise.
  2. Heat the cream in another pan to just about boiling.
  3. When the sugar has reached a golden caramel colour, add the cream, standing well back in case of spitting. Stir vigourously and continue to cook for a few minutes until the caramel is thick and golden but still liquid. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  4. Melt the butter and chocolate in a large pan over low heat.Remove from the heat, add the sugar and stir. Beat in the eggs one by one, then sift in the dry ingredients.
  5. Stir until just combined, then spoon half the mixture into a 20 cm square mould (line as appropriate).
  6. Spoon the cooled caramel over the top, then dollop over the rest of the brownie mixture. Drag a skewer through the mixture to swirl it together slightly.
  7. Bake at 180Ā°C for 25 minutes until well risen with only a slight wobble to it.
  8. Leave to cool, then cut into 12 pieces.
Tin and Thyme

As these brownies are thoroughly wicked, I am sending them off to this month’s Calendar Cakes which is hosted by Dolly Bakes with the theme something wicked this way comes…. This monthly challenge is co-hosted at Laura Loves Cakes.

Made from scratch as these are with perhaps the best caramel I’ve ever made, I am submitting these Marmite Caramel Brownies to Javelin Warrior’s Made With Love Mondays.


Thanks to Beth from Splendid Communications for the bar of Very Peculiar and accompanying baking items which I was sent in order to create a Very Peculiar bake.



  1. Leave a Reply

    Laura Denman
    27th October 2013

    I am absolutely trying these! I’m a marmite lover and although the initial sound of marmite and chocolate makes me question what I’m thinking your post has got me eager to try it =)

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    Elizabeth Young
    27th October 2013

    Can’t WAIT to try this next time I’m in the UK! I’m such a fan of marmite and the sweet and salty combination! Thanks for posting!

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    Suzy Bowler
    27th October 2013

    Wow – you are a brave and clever lady! I have tried Very Peculiar and like it although I couldn’t have identified the Marmite in it. Your brownies sound gorgeous.

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    27th October 2013

    I’m a Marmite hater, and the only way you’ll convince me these brownies work, is to send me one!

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    27th October 2013

    I’m not sure if I like marmite… I never liked it as a kid but I quite like the smell now. These brownies are persuading me to give it a try. They look and sound delicious!

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    27th October 2013

    I love Marmite and these sound very interesting indeed. I will look out for a bar of Very Peculiar, it sounds intriguing.

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    Johanna GGG
    27th October 2013

    oh that is really odd in an exciting sort of way – and I am surprised at the flavours you could taste from the marmite – I really want to try these with vegemite – not sure I have ever tasted celery and garlic in vegemite but there is definitely yeast

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    27th October 2013

    I love Marmite, the thicker the better on hot buttered toast. But Marmite chocolate, I just couldn’t do it. I barely got through the first bite, there wasn’t going to be a second or third!! However I bet it makes great caramel and perhaps I should be brave and try your brownies. GG

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    belleau kitchen
    27th October 2013

    Not a fan of marmite but I am intrigued by these brownies and feel it would be rude not to try one… or two… or three…

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    Tea in England
    27th October 2013

    First of all, thanks for dropping by my blog! Secondly, WOW – these brownies sound delicious! I don’t care for Marmite – but this recipe is tempting me to give it another go! By the way, on the subject of chocolate, a work colleague and I recently went on this Chocolate Walking Tour of London Have you been? It’s FANTASTIC! I was introduced to the chocolates of Paul A.Young and have realised just what magic can be woven into chocolate. I highly recommend this walk. Cheers!

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    The Caked Crusader
    27th October 2013

    I have tried that marmite chocolate and was surprised by how much it worked. Love the look of your brownies.

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    Caroline Taylor
    27th October 2013

    How intriguing! I tried the marmite chocolate and wasn’t a fan but these brownies have got me curious.

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    Baking Addict
    28th October 2013

    I love marmite and have tried marmite chocolate previously which I didn’t like initially but it slowly grew on me. This brownie sounds heavenly to me and I am bookmarking to try.

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    28th October 2013

    Wow this certianly got my attention. When you said marmite and brownies I was unsure but when you think about it sweet and salty things do go so well together. I’d love to try one of these, very inventive

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    28th October 2013

    Marmite caramel? I think I’m in love! I’m normally will only eat Marmite on toast with just the right amount of butter, but love the idea of the salty sweet caramel in these brownies. A must-try.

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    Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce
    28th October 2013

    I always love mixing sweet and savoury. I heard about Paul Young’s Marmite brownies and they had mixed reviews. I’m neither a lover nor a hater of Marmite so would be happy to try these. Most certainly after your review of them. Caramel sounds like a great touch! It would be interesting to lace the caramel with Marmite… the possibilities would be endless!

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    Angie Schneider
    28th October 2013

    Marmite caramel in brownies….a heavenly combo! Just look at the oozing out center…o my..I wish I could have a bite now.

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    Javelin Warrior
    28th October 2013

    I have never had the opportunity to try marmite, so I can’t quite imagine the flavor. Especially that of the chocolate bar… But I love the look of these, with the caramel oozing out… Very tasty looking, Choclette!

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    Wendy Tolhurst
    30th October 2013

    Whilst I like marmite, I’m really not sure about these brownies. I will have to give them a go, because I just can’t imagine eating marmite and chocolate together! I think, however, I will refrain from telling anyone the special ingredient before they have tasted them as my family are a mixed bunch of marmite lovers and haters!

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    Daphne Bryson
    2nd November 2013

    Good Morning to you, You are absolutely right, you either love Marmite or you hate it….. my husband loves Marmite and I love chocolate, so these brownies will go down a storm in my house. I love sweet and salty as I love peanut butter and jam, especially on an oat cracker….. mmm I wonder if Marmite and chocolate would work together.
    Thank you for such an interesting recipe, I will certainly be baking these.
    I have thoroughly enjoyed my visit and I have become a new follower, I am now going to enjoy your other recipes.
    Best Wishes to you.

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      3rd November 2013

      Thanks very much for leaving such a nice comment and for following Daphne. Much as I love Marmite, I would never have thought I’d have enjoyed it with chocolate – just goes to show.

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      3rd November 2013

      Daphne, I tried leaving a comment on your Christmas Cake post, but it looks as though I can only do it if I’m on Google+ – which I’m not.

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    Laura Loves Cakes
    3rd November 2013

    Marmite chocolate…that is very peculiar!! These brownies sound very interesting…and definitely a bit wicked. Thanks for entering them into October’s Calendar Cakes šŸ™‚

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    Maya Russell
    15th December 2013

    I LOVE marmite and so do the kids so this cake is going to have to be tried one day.

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    21st December 2013

    I’d give them a go, but I’d be very dubious about the Marmite.

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