Survey: The Great Mayo Debate

One of the more passionate debates in the food world is Hellman's mayonnaise (a.k.a. "Best Foods" west of the Rockies) versus Miracle Whip salad dressing. It's been going on for decades, perhaps ever since Miracle Whip was introduced by Kraft in the 1930's as a less expensive alternative to mayonnaise.

Often, what brand you were raised on will determine your mayo preference, although on occasion people have been known to switch. Raised in a strict Hellman's household, I'll never forget the first time I had a sandwich at a friend's house made with Miracle Whip. I actually gagged a little and couldn't finish it.

Which leads me to those who can't stand mayo no matter what brand it is. And then there are the Kraft aficionados and the Southern-raised Duke's loyalists. The Japanese mayo called Kewpie is gaining ground, too, while others will eat nothing but homemade. The debate is further complicated as mayo companies release new formulas and offer variations like 'Lite' or extra virgin olive oil.

What is Kewpie Mayonnaise?
Hellman's vs Homemade Mayonnaise

(Images: Mayonnaise manufacturers)

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Dana Velden has just finished writing her first book: Finding Yourself in the Kitchen: Meditations and Recipes from a Mindful Cook which is based on her Weekend Meditation posts from The Kitchn. (Rodale Press, September, 2015) She lives in Oakland, CA.