Soldiers (food)

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Toast soldiers
Type Toast
Place of origin United Kingdom
Cookbook: Soldiers  Media: Soldiers

A soldier is a thin strip of toast; the strips that a slice is cut into are reminiscent of soldiers on parade. The toast is sliced in this manner so that it can be dipped into a soft boiled egg that has had the top of its shell removed. Many people also enjoy "marmite soldiers" in the UK or "vegemite soldiers" in Australia which follow the same principle and are spread with Marmite or Vegemite respectively.

In 2005 The Daily Telegraph reported the invention of a device for cutting bread into soldiers.[1] Shaped cutters to produce soldiers shaped like human soldiers are also available.[2]


The term dates only from the 1960s. It appears first in print in 1966 in Nicolas Freeling's novel The Dresden Green (where it is used to eat soup). It seems likely that it was either popularised or invented in 1965 in a series of TV Commercials for eggs starring Tony Hancock and Patricia Hayes. [3]