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Certain foods are local and unique to Australia such as Vegemite, which has remained Australian's favorite for many decades. Among the many, Vegemite, lamingtons, and Arnott's Biscuits have won the loyalty of most Australians.


Vegemite is as Australian as you can get. In 1922, a young Australian by the name of Fred Walker decided to try to make a special "yeast extract" that would be as delicious as it was nourishing. A chief scientist in Fred's company, Dr. Cyril Callister, invented the first yeast extract spread. Brewer's yeast from Carlton & United Breweries were used and blended with ingredients such as celery, onions, and salt to make a thick dark paste. In 1923, a trade name competition was held to find a name for this new product and Vegemite was chosen. Throughout World War II, soldiers, sailors, and civilians were all given Vegemite in their rations and it became so popular that it even fell into short supply. Fred Walker and Company Pty. Ltd. became Kraft Foods Limited in 1950 and it celebrated its 60th anniversary in October 1983.

When in Australia, you must try this healthy and delicious bread spread. It is one of the richest sources of Vitamin B and a great cure for mouth ulcers!


Lamingtons are small squares of sponge cake that is carefully covered with chocolate icing and sprinkled with desiccated coconut. Originally the slang for the homburg hat, which was worn by Baron Lamington, Governor of Queensland in the late 1800s to early 1900s, these cakes were named for him.

In the early days, lamingtons were made with a white sponge cake with a center of strawberry or raspberry jam. However, Lamingtons are mostly made without jam or with just fresh whipped cream instead.

Arnott's Biscuits

Arnott's is a name synonymous with quality biscuits and biscuit making. From a humble beginning as a small retail bakery back in 1865, Arnott's Biscuits Ltd. today employs thousands of people and supplies biscuits to more than 40 countries around the globe. Millions of Australians have grown up on Arnott's biscuits; and for them, Arnotts is more than a biscuit company, it is a piece of Australia's history and forms part of their culture.

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