What is the difference between Mayonnaise and Miracle Whip?  And which one is better? Usually when the topic comes up in polite conversation, I do my best to sneak out of the room before it becomes impolite conversation filled with expletives, hair pulling and flying sandwiches.  If escaping isn’t an option I bring up a less volatile topic – like religion, the death penalty or Chinese labour laws.

I’m in the hate it camp.  For Miracle Whip that is.  I don’t like it, I’ve never liked it and other than the basic look of it, it isn’t at all like mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is a creamy, rich, delicate concoction that enhances food.  Miracle Whip is stronger tasting, sweet, filled with spices and not so subtle.  So when people ask what the difference between Mayonnaise and Miracle Whip is, I can only assume they’ve only tried one of them.  Because if you’ve tried them both you KNOW there’s a difference.

Beyond taste there are a few more things that set them apart.


What is the difference between Mayonnaise and Miracle Whip?

What is the difference between Mayonnaise and Miracle Whip?


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Geographically speaking, certain groups prefer Miracle Whip while others like the blander Mayonnaise.

The deep south and Midwest is Miracle Whip territory all the way.  While the rest of the U.S. is spreading Mayonnaise on everything.

Many times what you were raised on dictates what you lean towards.  My mother used Miracle Whip but only if the store was out of a little something called “Sandwich Spread”, a mixture of mayonnaise-like goo and relish.   In the 80’s she branched out into the hoity toity world of Mayonnaise but now generally just buys whichever she can get the biggest bucket of at Costco.

I’m not sure how I escaped the lure of Miracle Whip, having been raised on it, but I did. One of the reasons I prefer Mayonnaise (other than the taste) is you can make mayonnaise at home with 4 ingredients and a few minutes and it tastes as good or even better than the stuff you buy in the store.  That isn’t always the case with homemade goods.  Like people say they prefer homemade ketchup.  As if.  There’s no way anyone could duplicate the perfect combination of sweet and tart that comes oozing out of a Heinz bottle.  Anyone who says they prefer homemade ketchup is a hippie hipster liar who wears shoes made out of braided cat hair.

You knew this was coming.  I’d like to do an informal poll.  Let’s keep it polite people.

What do you prefer? Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip?

Have a good weekend!



  1. attygreen13 says:

    Miracle Whip is the debil’s concoction (said in my best Bobby Boucher voice). Blech

  2. Ron R. says:

    Mayo rules

  3. Karo says:

    Miracle Whip all day long. Mayo tastes like oily nothing.

    • Kim from Milwaukee says:

      I agree totally. When I make homemade mayo I add a little sweetness and spice and it rivals store bought Miracle Whip.

    • SusanR says:

      Ditto. I’m from Chicago and was raised on Miracle Whip. My husband, raised in Arizona, likes Mayo. So if I’m making something like egg salad or ham salad, I’ll use Mayo because my husband dislikes Miracle Whip more than I dislike Mayo. But if I’m making something where we can each have what we like, it’s Miracle Whip for me all the way.

  4. Lori Hope says:

    I’m in the mayo camp. My husband says it depends on the intended use: Miracle Whip is better for fruit salad, for instance…

    • Marianne says:

      Noooo!! To Miracle Whip on fruit salad. Equal parts mayo and whipped cream. As I learned in the salad kitchen one long summer at the Arcadian Court. Heavenly Waldorf.

  5. Kim says:

    Mayonnaise now but I was also raised on Miracle Whip. Hubby uses Miracle Whip.
    I have made mayo using your method, Karen, and it’s a thing of beauty!

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  7. Barbara H. says:

    I grew up in Michigan. Miracle Whip ’til the end. My siblings might disagree. Go figure.

    • Kristin says:

      I’m from Michigan, too, and we always used Miracle Whip. I’ve converted to the mayonnaise camp as an adult, though. Too many bologna, Kraft cheese, Miracle Whip sandwiches on white bread as a kid, I guess!

  8. Erin says:

    I grew up with Miracle Whip ( hated it ) because my dad didn’t like Mayo. UNI ( Ryerson ) was the first time I ever tried Mayonnaise. The residence cafeteria ladies were quick to ask you if you wanted it, but never really listened for a response “Meyo Naze?!”, lol so I tried it not by choice and loved it and wondered what was wrong with my father ( he also doesn’t like Maple syrup 😐 even though we made it, and didn’t eat cheese until he was in his late 30’s early 40’s. Weirdo! ).

  9. Raymonde says:

    Mayo all the way.
    I also prefer my homemade ketchup but Québec homemade ketchup is completely different from Heinz. It’s a Québécois culinary tradition that is more like a chutney. We all have our grandmothers’ family recipes but there are perfectly good recipes online.
    It’s really good with tourtière and pâté chinois!
    Now, I’m hungry…

    • Tracey C says:

      We need to start a debate now about Pâté Chinois vs. what most people in Ontario call Shepherd’s Pie! In my opinion adding veggies other than creamed corn is a travesty! Pâté Chinois all the way 😉

  10. Kate says:

    Mayonnaise all the way. I’ve never liked the other stuff. Too sweet. For statistical purposes I’ll add that I grew up in Northern California (the part that just burned down!), and lived there the first 40 years of my life. Moved to Idaho in 2011.

  11. brenda says:

    I agree 100% with you … poo on Miracle Whip (and good description of that other snot spread and Heinz is the only ketchup FULL STOP!

    • brenda says:

      the Quebec tomato chutney for tourtiere is very amazing but I don’t call it ketchup so it’s totally allowed IMHO

    • Alena says:

      I like Heinz ketchup as well but did you that it proved to be the worst in terms of how moldy/mildewy tomatoes it contained?
      I still buy it though.

      • brenda says:

        oooHHhhh NOOOooOOOoo (I’ll still buy it too though) UGH. I also ate a shrimp once after reading that they are practically brought up in toilets … I wonder if it makes a difference buying the organic Heinz? We can pretend – right.

      • kddomingue says:

        I buy the organic version….and lie to myself about the non-moldy-ness of said organic tomatoes! But I rarely use ketchup so I’m not too worried about it. As for mayonnaise, well, there’s mayonnaise and then there’s that other nasty stuff! See my reply to Tracy Miller below!

        • Kristin Ferguson says:

          I don’t think it matters how moldy the tomatoes are. They cook the heck out of them anyway, so there wouldn’t be any mold spores alive after that. If you eat Brie or camembert cheese, or any kind of blue cheese, you are eating mold. Some wines, such as Sauternes, are made with grapes that have begun to grow moldy with botrytis (known among vintners as “noble rot”, which adds a really beautiful, haunting sort of flavor to the wine.) Heinz ketchup is the only ketchup!

          • kddomingue says:

            Yep, some moldy stuff is absolutely delish! I’m not terribly germ, mold, etc phobic….when it comes to food, I figure if , for example, Heinz ketchup hasn’t killed me after 57 years then I probably don’t need to get my panties all in a twist over a study saying that they use moldy tomatoes, amiright? Pesticides, on the other hand, do cause me some concern.

          • Karen says:

            Yes, but don’t forget that’s a completely different mold. I wrote about it in this post on cheese. 🙂 ~ karen!

            • Kristin Ferguson says:

              Okay, I just re-read that post. First, I think penicillin was first grown in the 20’s, but I may be wrong. It first made it to market in the 40’s. Yes, they are different kinds of mold, but once you cook it, it’s safe, right? So my original post stands. And Heinz rules. No cat hair sandals. BTW, I grew up in a mayonnaise-free household (except when my mom made tuna salad, into which she put mayo and sweet pickle relish, which I love in this and only this application), and my dad was so vehemently anti-mayo that my sister still hated it to this day. My lunches were sad affairs. Two peaces of bran bread with a sad slice of bologna in between. I think I probably hadn’t developed a taste for mustard yet. And my parents made these sandwiches in bulk with day-old bread (bought from the bargain Van de Kamp day-old store outlet) and then froze them in sandwich bags for more convenient child abuse. On cold days they were still kinda frozen by lunchtime. #firstworldproblems

            • Kristin Ferguson says:


  12. Kipper says:

    Best Foods/Hellman’s mayo is the best. Miracle Whip is too watery and the flavor is not one my family ever liked(except Mom, but then she likes peanut butter, brown sugar and mustard sandwiches too).

  13. Annette says:

    Duke’s Mayonnaise or homemade (grew up on Hellmann’s in Virginia). Miracle Whip is perfectly described by ATTYGREEN13.

  14. Luanne says:

    All mayo all the time. I also grew up in a Miracle Whip household. I didn’t like it at all. I didn’t try mayo until my 30’s. And I finally realize why people want it on their sandwiches.

  15. Do we have to pick one or the other? They’re both gross.

    • Nicole says:

      Hear! Hear! I was reading through wondering if everyone liked one or the other and it’s reassuring to know that I’m not the only one wondering why people would put white gunk on their sandwiches.

      • Agnes says:

        I’m with you! Homemade mayo is delish compared with any commercial brand, but never on sandwiches. Thick brown Mrs Ball’s chutney or maybe apple butter with strong cheese, a touch of mustard with beef, even a lick of brown sauce in a bacon butty, but nothing that would make the bread soggy, please.

  16. Christina Contri says:

    Solid Midwesterner here and it’s mayo all the way! I hate going to a picnic, bbq, what-have-you and biting into a deviled egg, only to find out that it’s been made with MW. It’s an abomination!!

  17. Karen Noltee says:

    Miracle Whip makes potato salad awesome. Mayo makes potato salad extremely bland and boring.

    • brenda says:

      that’s why you add sour cream I think though

      • Sandra D says:

        It’s still today for me, lol. 10:40 on Nov 9. I never liked mayo growing up – like I tasted it, lol (mustard for me), but mom used Miracle Whip, which is what I used when I grew up, and tasted potato salad, and devilled eggs. I agree it makes the BEST potato salad. I use it AND add sour cream to macaroni salad. I’ve just tasted Hellman’s because of the hype about it (and it was the same price). Didn’t notice a difference; don’t shoot me. I don’t use mayo on sandwiches, unless it’s devilled so maybe that’s why.

        • brenda says:

          smearing you in mayo – gonna eat you now

        • (Dr.) Jan in Waterdown says:

          Can’t taste the diff?!? Ok, it’s official, you have NO taste buds. I know cuz I’m a doctor. Or something. :-/

          • Sandra D says:

            Okay, Doc. I’ll ‘splain. Because I don’t use them by themselves, I didn’t think I noticed a difference. I was wrong. Today, I was at the legion for Remembrance Day and I ate a deviled egg that I DID NOT make and it was bland and crappy. One bite, and that was it; I didn’t finish it. Obviously, it wasn’t used with yummy, tangy MW. That’s the reason I won’t buy a deviled egg sandwich at a store. It just doesn’t taste right.

            When I make coleslaw, I always add sugar and vinegar – even with MW. I have a couple of jars of Hellman’s in my pantry, but I’ll try some homemade coleslaw and test it out (with the sugar and vinegar, of course). Will report back!

            I’ll also try the homemade MW recipe given to me on this thread. Oh – using the Hellman’s, cos I don’t know a homemade mayo recipe.

  18. brenda says:

    I like cole slaw dressing (it might be a little like miracle whip) I don’t know because I only tried MW once and swore I’d never again…

  19. BLUE PLATE mayonnaise!! And I live in Mississippi, ya’ll!! (which is about as Deep South as you can get)

    • Karen says:

      You’re in Wickles world!! Lucky you. ~ karen!

    • kddomingue says:

      Grew up in Alabama and live in coastal Louisiana and nobody that I knew/know ever used/uses anything but Deep South or Blue Plate mayonnaise! I’m curious as to where in the deep South this Miracle Whip obsession is common. Miracle Whip is an abomination (in my opinion, of course)! Had my husband admitted to a fondness for the stuff before we were married…..well, we wouldn’t be married today as our values would clearly have been out of alignment, lol!

  20. Ecoteri says:

    So, will the next post be about which way to hang a toilet paper roll? LOL. I actually remember the explosions that happened when Ann Landers proclaimed that it should hang OUT from the wall. My goodness, months of letters full of outrage or defense of this opinion/decision. Glorious to read in the paper every week.

  21. BessOutWest says:

    Mayonnaise, homemade, all the way.

  22. Ella says:

    Yanno, the world is not black and white. Each has its place. For dipping frites, only homemade mayonnaise will do. For mixing with mustard to coat the bread of a grilled cheese sandwich, try MW. For devilled eggs, it’s got to be Hellman’s. I love them all …. when used appropriately 🙂

  23. sara easton says:

    Mayo! More specifically Duke’s mayo. I grew up with miracle whip, switched to Hellmann’s, and recently discovered the magic of Duke’s. Karen, I know you’re a doing stuff kind of person, and I’m sure your mayo recipe is lovely, but I’m going to need your mailing address so it’s an send you a jar of this stupid good mayo.

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Yes it seems to be the favourite of many people reading this post. ~ karen!

    • Peggy says:

      Where do you buy Dukes? Never-mind … I just search and apparently Walmart has it.
      I’ll have to do a comparison with Hellmann’s. Of course, I think homemade is best, but it doesn’t keep that long, so Hellmann’s is my staple.
      I think it’s kind of a situation like with a “Mother” sauce. Plain mayonnaise is so elemental and basic that it is very versatile. But I get why people like MW for potato salad because then you don’t need to fuss putting in herbs and stuff. Easy-peasey!

      Of course, here in Rochester, MN, home of the world famous Mayo Clinic, we have a statue of the Dr. Mayo brothers who founded the place. One has his arm around his brother’s shoulders and my husband refers to it as “the hold the Mayo” statue. ;~)

  24. Marjorie Kramer says:

    At the risk of being mocked, here goes: I like ’em both. No preference, I’ll eat either on most anything. I’ll stir either into most anything, and probably have. I was shocked the first and only time I made mayonnaise at home to discover how awful it is, until you dump in a boatload of salt. However, that shock paled in comparison to the horror I experienced upon tasting it several days, maybe weeks, later. Preservatives, people, preservatives.

  25. Etta says:

    Years ago a neighbor called asking to borrow some mayonnaise. “Sure, come on over.” When she walked in, ( never locked the doors ) I was pouring oil into the blender. ” Whatcha’ making ?” “Mayonnaise.” I replied. She stood stock still, her eyes got big and she said ” You can MAKE mayonnaise ?!!!” Still cracks me up.

  26. Tina says:

    Definitely Mayo! I grew up in a household (Oregon) where we had both but I tasted MW once and never again. So I don’t know who used or ate the MW but someone did!

    • Tina says:

      And I’ll add my own reply. My dad grew up in the dust country of Central Washington State. While he was still wet behind the ears, he joined the army. He got to Basic Training and went to the mess and got his lunch. They had 2 bowls of white stuff, Dad figured they were vanilla pudding so he took a big scoop out of each bowl. They were Mayo and MW. And he was made to clean his plate…eat every smear of both!

  27. brenda says:

    HAHA – let the flying sandwiches and expletives begin

  28. Julie Cavallaro says:

    I hate Miracle Whip!

  29. SuZieQ1 says:

    Miracle Whip!! except for a chicken or tomato sandwich…

  30. Valerie says:

    Raised on Miracle Whip. When I grew up and started buying my own groceries I always purchased Mayonnaise and prefer it. Miracle Whip always tasted sour to me.
    I think those born during the 20s preferred Miracle Whip as a ‘new fangled’ spread, second only to that stuff you referred to as Sandwich Spread – groaner, another yucky thing my Mother loved.

  31. Bonnie Gutierrez says:

    I’m in the mayo camp and I formerly would use only Hellmann’s until I experienced Jake’s.
    You are so correct that homemade is the bomb but I am usually too lazy! IMO, Miracle Whip is like comparing Coolwhip to real whipped cream.

  32. gloria says:

    I’m from the so-called Miracle Whip-eating south. But I grew up slathering my mater sammiches with Mayo.

  33. Lee says:

    My dad was a wonderful cook and I grew up in a house that did not allow Miracle Whip (near Detroit). To this day, I just can’t buy it or use it.

  34. PC mayo because we use very little and home made has too short a shelf life..

  35. Kathy Hartzell says:

    Never tried MW. I mix my mayo 1/2 and 1/2 with plain yogurt for tuna or egg salad. Never use it on s’witches, just mustard. Dip fries in Dijon or catsup, since you’re asking.

  36. Gayle M says:

    I keep both on hand, and don’t use them interchangeably. Depends on whether the recipe needs a little twang of spicy or the milder taste of mayo. I’ll have to look for your recipe/method send make my own sometime. (Raised in Detroit MI area, solely MW. Never saw real mayo til my hubby from Grand Rapids MI wanted it on hand–raised on a farm as a young’un, he was.)

  37. Sam King says:

    Really don’t think we have miracle whip (UK here) and I wouldn’t be able to eat it anyway as I’m intolerant to corn! (Amongst other things) I thought miracle whip was dessert anyway? Lol xx

    • Hazel says:

      Me too! I always assumed it was like our Dream Topping. Which we used to eat on top of a packet trifle in the 70’s and 80’s because my mum made everything from a packet as did pretty much everybody else in Britain at that time.

      So mayonnaise for me on the grounds I’ve never tried Miracle Whip and I make my own mayo anyway 🙂

  38. Centi says:

    I bought Miracle Whip back when I was 19. Never again!

  39. Kristin S. says:

    As a lifelong Michigander in my 30’s, and we’ve always used mayonnaise in my family, and bitched about “miracle wimp” as my uncle calls it. I think the divide is more porous than you think! I tolerate it in tuna salad or on a BLT, but personally, looking into a jar of mayonnaise is the most disgusting thing as it looks like I’m staring into a jar of liposuction results. I find it viscerally upsetting to see, but it’s fine on a sandwich. I’m weird.

  40. Bonnie G. says:

    Mayo camp. Love Duke’s and homemade! Miracle Whip is like comparing Coolwhip to real whipped cream.

  41. Jen says:

    Ha! Must comment. Grew up in a Miracle Whip household. Married a fella who’s fully in the mayo camp. After 10 years of making sandwiches together, we’ve come to a bit of an agreement (because I make said sandwiches): Egg salad and tuna salad are mostly MW. Chicken salad can be either, depending on add-ins. Burgers, ham and Swiss sammies, hotdogs, etc are mostly mayo. Non-negotiable items on either side – potato salad and deviled eggs must be MW (it’s how my grandma made them, so clearly my love of the fake stuff began early!) and French fries are always mayo!

  42. twyla harkey says:

    …and Im from Oklahoma!! Love Hellmans…

  43. Ev Wilcox says:

    Born in Northeast Ohio and still there. Mayo mayo mayo! We are a divided family, though. My husband would not touch either of them, I and my oldest son are mayo, my youngest son is for “the other stuff”, my daughter does not care! I keep a small jar of “the other stuff” for when my youngest visits, and I do add a dollop to my homemade coleslaw, with a bigger dollop of mayo, and other stuff. My mom was the coleslaw maker for all gatherings and I am proud to say that now I do it. She would be proud, also! Though I tried red cabbage once-pink slaw, anyone? Anyway, the other stuff is not spoken here, mostly! And, though I am not as big on brand names as some people, Heinz Ketchup is the way to fly here-and we do all agree on that anyway! You are a woman of good taste Karen!

  44. Jo Foster says:

    Definitely Mayo! French’s Ketchup Only! … using Leamington Ontario tomatoes in all its ketchup

  45. What’s Miracle Whip? That must be some strange sugary American concoction. Never seen it here in Australia.

  46. Not just mayo, Hellman’s mayo!

  47. Ali says:

    Homemade mayo…..Miracle Whip was in the fridge when I grew up….for months…yucky

  48. Jenny W says:

    Hellman’s Mayo, for the Win 🙂

  49. Lillemor Sköld says:

    All in with the real mayo crowd but as Hellmans is concerned you might be interested to know that over here in Europe with more severe laws about declaration of i gredients one of those natural aromas is WHEAT wich sent me to the doctors as I an both gluten intolerant and allergic to Wheat , just because I couln’t in my wildest dreams think about the need to read the ingridiens list of mayo from the gluten intolerant perspective – I mean whyyyy would there be WHEAT in Mayo ???? But there is in Hellmans so all you gluten or wheat alleric people out there bevare 😘

    • Alena says:

      Hi Lillemor,
      Guessing by your name that you must live in beautiful Sweden.
      You would be actually surprised where wheat and gluten hide – in the most unexpected places, like ice cream. Who would expect gluten to be in ice cream? Or in candy, chewing gum, shampoo, instant coffee, etc. I am not gluten-intolerant (at least on the most basic level, in the sense that it does not cause any digestive issues) but it’s best to avoided altogether.


    • Lillemor Sköld says:

      Hi Alena
      Yupp North of Sweden born and staying 😊 Yes you are right ,Wheat and gluten hides in the most unlikely places – Black currant marmelade is my most surprising discovery. And yes I did those mistakes when newly diagnosed – now I also have learned to read on everythiiiiiiing before I eat it 👍🏻 Nice talking to ya and all the best 😊

  50. Teri says:

    All mayo, all the time. Grew up with MW because it was cheaper than mayo. My mother’s kitchen was ruled by price and the fact she apparently had no taste buds.
    Didn’t discover mayo until my ex-mother-in-law actually taught me how to cook. I’ve never looked back. MW is to mayo as margarine is to butter and both should be illegal. Like processed cheese slices they should have to be labelled ‘Food’ because a chemical analysis wouldn’t reveal that fact.
    And just to head the next survey off at the pass, Ann Landers was right about toilet paper.
    Keep on keeping on Karen, my middle of the night wake cycle wouldn’t be the same if you weren’t there a couple of times a week.
    Teri on the Wet Coast

  51. Bobbie says:

    Oh, Hellman’s for sure!!

  52. TucsonPatty says:

    I grew up in western Kansas with only MW. Potato salad with sweet pickles and MW. Sandwiches with MW. Cole slaw dressing of MW and sugar, vinegar and evaporated milk. (We always had that for making baby formula). My mom’s mother made a disgusting macoroni salad with Mayo and I (obviously) hated it. Dad must have converted her to MW after marriage. I also was converted after marriage, to – Best Foods Mayo. Hellman’s and Best Foods are the same, I’ve been told, just different parts of the country. I just made the best potato salad in the world with Mayo, mustard, dill pickle relish (cooking show trick) eggs, and ground cayenne pepper. Yum. First time eating mayo when I really liked it was served over steamed broccoli. It was delicious.
    Toilet paper comes over the top.

  53. Kathy says:

    Mayo! I can’t stand MW…and I’m a Texas girl.

  54. Gail says:

    In NC only Dukes mayonnaise will do.

  55. Wendy says:

    Miracle Whip makes me gag a at the first bite

  56. Debbie says:

    I am a MW hater! Blech! However, I am not a mayo lover either. I prefer mustard. Now that (mustard) is a spread but only the good stuff (aka NOT French’s). If I have to do Mayo, homemade is the best but I now prefer Sir Kensington’s. BTW, Kensington’s classic ketchup is amazing! Very rich and tomato-ee. Delicious and will never go back to the “other” classic.

    BTW, I prefer Jack Daniel’s whole grain mustard with Jack Daniel’s in it. Unfortunately, you can’t get it where I live anymore. However, you can order Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce off of Amazon. Great stuff and something I prefer over ketchup.

    • Debbie says:

      BTW, I still prefer homemade and it is so easy in a food processor (that is what that hole is for in the top of a Cuisinart lid–for the oil to pour at the perfect rate for easy mayo). However if I am too lazy, then Sir Kensington is great.

  57. Carrie says:

    Grew up with Miracle whip. My dad was a fan. Haven’t had it in over 25 years and I can still taste the sweetness. Ick!
    When I had my own place I switched over to Mayo and all was right in the world!😁 Also love how easy it is to make.
    But, to each his own!

  58. Emily R says:

    I really detest sweetness in savory food. NO SUGAR PLEASE! Mayo all the way. MW should be banned.

  59. Catherine Vosper says:

    Mayo, don’t like miracle whip at all.

    Knock Knock
    Who’s there?
    Mayonnaise who?
    (sing) “mayonnaise have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord…..”

    • TucsonPatty says:

      Hahahaha! I make the kiddos tell me a joke before they get their candy For Halloween. I get mostly (the same few) knock knock jokes. Have never heard this one! Love it!

  60. Suel says:

    Being raised in the southern highlands near Asheville, Duke’s mayonnaise reigns supreme. I’m glad you chose Hellman’s as an example because it’s quite good, but nothing comes close to the taste and texture of Duke’s. We tend to treat it as another food group. Try some with fries and couple of dashes of your delicious malt vinegar!

  61. Danni says:

    Cains mayo here in Massachusetts, and Heinz ketchup you nailed, liar liar pants on fire if you say you can make ketchup at home. I’ve tried and failed, wasting precious home grown tomatoes in the process.
    Also mayo, mustard, relish, and lots of minced red onion for potato salad, slam dunk.

    (Toilet paper rolls off the front, omg I look like the crazy OCD bitch when I turn them the right way after someone replaces it WRONG)

  62. MAYO. Southerners fight over the kind (we love a fight). Dukes, Hellman, Kraft-

  63. Karen says:

    The real stuff! My husband prefers MW- a serious flaw in his character.

  64. Bonnie Harris says:

    Ma-yo! and you have to sing it as you open the jar (like Belafonte’s Dayo Banana Boat Song). You’re so right about people feeling passionate about this subject. Raised on Miracle Whip but my evil cousin hooked me on the higher cal mayo, can never go back now, even though Daylight come and I wanna go home.

  65. Julia says:

    Mayonnaise. Also I just learned that using it to make grilled cheese ( instead of butter) is amazing!

  66. diane says:


  67. Roxana says:

    Growing up in Eastern Europe, MW was only on TV and mayo was made for specific dishes, nobody was using it in sandwiches. No need to mention that there were no mayo jars at the store. Now living in the States, still don’t use mayo on sandwiches and MW is still a mystery.

  68. Alice Woody says:

    From the US South, only mayo is fit to eat. My friends like mayo too. The only difference of opinion is whether Hellemans or Dukes is better.

  69. Jacqueline Chaney says:

    As a southerner, (Georgia), I HATE miracle whip. I LOVE, LOVE DUKEs mayonnaise. It’s the only one I’ve found with no sugar. It’s delicious. I have a friend who loved DUKEs so much, he had his dad send him a case to college, bc he couldn’t buy it in Ohio. Now, that’s loving mayo! Lol

  70. Amy Ping says:

    How deep is the deep south?? Cause most of the people i know in NC are Mayo fans specifically Dukes mayo…then Hellmans.. ive known MW to be pop up north ( i was born in Pa, we wized up and moved south). But Mayo all the way!

  71. NinaMargo says:

    Will die firmly gripping a jar of Hellman’s. Would rather go French’s mustard only than accept MW on a sandwich. My grandmother tried to get me to foist an MW on me. I remember skipping lunch that day!

  72. Jen says:

    I’m a midwesterner and just the mention of Miracle Whip makes my gag reflex kick in. That stuff is what I envisions the devil’s balls to taste like after he’s run a marathon.

  73. Suzanne says:

    Deep south girl – mayo all the way, either homemade or Duke’s!!

  74. Leisa Daly says:

    Mayo over Miraclewhip. Homemade is the best and super easy. Lol on the “Sandwich” spread! I dont think my Mom knew it was a condiment because we grew up on Sandwich spread sandwiches – no meat etc., just Sandwich spread! 😂

  75. KimS says:

    My family growing up (9 of us) were pretty split–interestingly, Ohio is in the middle! I prefer mayo! — Hellman’s! I live in Lexington, KY now and a lot of folks here love DUKE’s mayo.

  76. Jen Topp says:

    I grew up on Miracle Whip and still prefer it as a vehicle for tuna salad. But that’s ALL I would use it for, so not much tuna salad gets made.

  77. Ann says:

    I prefer mayo for everything but tuna salad.

  78. Mary W says:

    Hellmann’s is the best! Tried MW but too sweet and spicy to be mayo. I make bland food like plain potato salad and deviled eggs and people gobble it up asking what makes it so different – it’s Hellman’s no pickles no secret just good mayo. It is also fantastic on good old banana and mayo sandwiches or tomato and mayo sandwiches. Must be Hellman’s. Tried Kraft Mayo and it was NOT good. I was a child in Wisconsin but moved to Florida at 13 so I’m a 70 yo trans-culture. If it’s a fruit recipe that specifically calls for MW, I will get a tiny jar to use then throw the rest away – it really does work in those fruit type recipes.

  79. Faith says:

    I have both in my refrigerator. I use Miracle Whip only for my mom’s potato salad and one other recipe, and mayo for everything else. I was raised on Miracle Whip, but prefer mayo as well.

  80. Shelley says:

    Mayo all the way! My husband’s from West Virginia and he likes Miracle Whip (gag retch).

  81. Jane says:

    Mayo. And I make my own (with extra lemon) ’cause I’m allergic to soy. My mentor (who encourages me to move from good to better) teased me gently, until he tried homemade. Instant convert.

  82. Jim says:

    Mayo for my Bride and Miracle Whip for me. We’ve been married forty years and have had a jar of each in our fridge for the whole time.

  83. Paula Clark says:

    I use both, but not on sandwiches. MW is salad dressing or that’s at least what the label used to say. My dad made killer potato salad and used only MW, never an off brand of salad dressing so that’s what I do. He also buttered every sandwich, no mayo or MW, just mustard if the sandwich called for it. Mayo is for sandwiches in this house, never MW on those babies. I grew up in North Dakota but have lived in Alabama for 100 years. I don’t think anyone used MW on sandwiches here, I could be wrong.

  84. Elaine says:

    My Mum used Miracle Whip when I was a kid but for me, it has to be Hellman’s mayonnaise! Full fat or low fat … as long as it’s Hellmans. I made a pretty good potato salad (or so I thought) but felt it was lacking something; at the time, I was using another brand of mayo. I went to a Summer bbq years ago and tasted someone else’s potato salad and had to ask what she used. She said “Hellman’s Mayo”. What a difference in taste!! (But I will try your recipe, Karen, and thank you!)

  85. Katie C. says:

    Neither!! BLECH!!!

  86. Shane says:

    I’m a guy that loves to cook and eat. On a sandwich it is Miracle whip no exceptions. But I make a three bean salad that I will go to the store and specifically by Mayo (small jar) to make it. If I am making a dish that requires Mayo or Miracle Whip, I have been caught using both depending on the taste that I wish to have. Sorry, I am not a good one for this debate.

  87. Donna says:

    Grew up with Miracle Whip–Scottish mother, but raised in Texas. Hate the stuff with every fiber in my being. Mayo it is–homemade is best, but Hellman’s comes in second.

  88. Alena says:

    I don’t use either, but if I had to choose I would take Miracle Whip.
    Mayonnaise is disgusting, and when it comes to disgusting, Hellmann’s leads the way.
    For some odd reason I bought (don’t even remember why, I must have had a recipe that called for it) a bottle of Hellmann’s and so it sits in the fridge, unused. I should probably chuck it – thanks for the reminder, Karen.
    A few months ago, because there was a commercial that suggested it, I made grilled cheese sandwiches with mayo instead of butter. . Never ever again!

    When I make tuna sandwich or other stuff that calls for mayo, I usually substitute mayo by Greek yogurt. Works just fine, if you ask me. And I don’t do it because I am counting calories – I love butter – mayo is simply awful. I don’t love Miracle Whip either but it’s somewhat less awful.

  89. Deb says:

    Anything that has an expiry date of one year and says it has whole eggs in it is suspect. Make my own!

  90. Sandy says:

    Homemade or Hellman’s mayo all the way. I grew up in the Dakotas.

  91. Catherine says:

    Generally I prefer mayonnaise but homemade. On BLTs or bologna sandwiches; got to go with miracle whip a.k.a. salad cream.

    It’s tour the end of this clip but I think Basil Fawlty does a great job of bringing home the mayonnaise/miracle whip debate.


  92. Beth says:

    Hellman’s for sure! I grew up in Michigan and was raised on Miracle Whip. I didn’t know mayo existed until I tried it at a friend’shouse when I was 11. The only thing I use MW on now is my mother’s potato salad recipe, because mayo just doesn’t work in it. Since my husband is on team MW, I still have to buy both! So annoying….

  93. Deb says:

    Just chiming in here – as an Alabama-born-and-raised girl (“Deep South”), I need to say that, for Alabamans at least, Miracle Whip is blasphemy! Yuk!!! 😝No self-respecting tomato sandwich would be caught dead dressed in anything other than Hellman’s! I could literally eat it from the jar with a spoon! (And, if you have incriminating evidence of me actually doing so, I’ll deny it with my own set of ‘alternative facts’!!!😂🤣

  94. jaine kunst says:

    It has always been Mayo BUT if I’m having a ham and swiss cheese sandwich with potato chips it has to be Miracle Whip. This switch happened 5 years ago after a flu episode. When I could finally keep something in my stomach that’s all I wanted to eat…for 3 weeks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every other sandwich, salad, etc. is Hellman’s Mayo.

  95. Susan Smith-Goddard says:

    Hellman’s Mayo all the way!!!

  96. Sandra Blackwell says:

    it is not what you were raised on. My mother used mayo. I use mayo. My sister uses mayo. Our brother wants miracle whip. the wierdo.

  97. Paula Mann says:

    Homemade miracle whip made with homemade mayo. Mayo’s WAY too bland for me and I can’t stand the crap ingredients in Miracle Whip from the store.

    • Sandra D says:

      Now, how do you do THAT? I like the tang of MW, but I’m not crazy about the ingredients list, either.

    • Sandra D says:

      I’d love the recipe! I like MW better, but I agree about the ingredient list.

      • Paula Mann says:

        It’s not exactly the same but it’s pretty close! I hope you like it. Did not include mayo recipe. Hopefully this will come through OK.

        • Paula Mann says:

          Doesn’t look like my attachment went through, so here’s this”

          5 tablespoons vinegar
          2 teaspoons cornstarch
          3 tablespoons sugar ( OR Splenda)
          1 teaspoon sweet paprika ( must be fresh) 1 teaspoon garlic powder ( must be fresh) 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
          1 1/2 cups mayonnaise ( OR see NOTE)
          1.Measure vinegar into small non­reactive saucepan. (e.g. Stainless steel or teflon coated).
          2.Add cornstarch and let soften for a minute or so. Stir with non­metal spoon or whisk to remove any
          3.Add sugar, paprika, garlic and mustard powders.
          4.Heat on medium high, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches a full rolling boil.
          5.Remove from heat, stirring well. The mixture will be the consistency of thin pudding. It will thicken as it cools.
          6.Add to mayonnaise and stir well to combine. Chill for use in a cold salad or use as is in a recipe. 7.NOTE: To make smaller amounts of Miracle Whip, mix at the ratio 1/2 tsp of additive to 1 tbsp of
          mayonnaise. Store unused portion of additive tightly covered in the fridge.
          8.If storing additive, discard any film that develops on top as this will never mix properly into the mayonnaise.
          9.Replace sugar with Splenda and/or use Lite Mayonnaise for a diet or diabetic version.

  98. Repping mayo for the deep south here!

  99. Jeanne says:

    I grew up on MW. Hubby on mayo. Mixed marriage. I use both now but really it should be MW. I remember sandwich spread!!! Not fondly. My grandma used to store her MW in the cupboard. Now THAT makes me gag. Midwest girl here, so that explains it. For a plain sammy mayo wins. I’m complicated.

  100. David in Oakville says:

    I prefer Miracle Whip and I grew up in a house (Hamilton / Burlington) that always had and used both. Now, because I read too many blogs, I have been shamed into buying only Mayo (Hellman’s) but I find it bland. Fact is, if I am using mayo on something I put a spoonful into a ramekin and add a squirt of siracha and a dash of pepper & Crazy Salt or sometimes a dash of garlic chili sauce. I also think a glass of Buttermilk with a dash of worcestershire sauce and salt makes any sandwich or burger better (as per my grandfather and father – both Hamilton born & raised).

  101. janet rowan says:

    Toronto girl here and it’s mayonnaise all the way!
    I would love to try Duke’s.

    Aside, -Karen, I always, always read all (seriously -all) the comments and I am amazed at how many responses there are to this query.

  102. NanTee says:

    Duke’s all the way! My two cents.

  103. Heather says:

    I’m going to have to start wearing sandals made of braided cat hair: I like homemade ketchup better than Heinz and I like homemade mayo better than the commercial stuff. Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s with Glaswegian parents, we had nothing but highly processed foods, including Miracle Whip, Cool Whip, Sandwich Spread, Caramel Spread, Cinnamon Spread and lots of processed cheese foods. I remember learning to make “Velveta Pizza” in home ec class. Yes, it was as disgusting as it sounds. And we loved it!

  104. Kim Jordan says:

    A sandwich just isn’t a sandwich without the smooth creamy taste of Miracle Whip Salad dressing.

  105. Dianna says:

    The ONLY mayonnaise allowed, ever, in my house. 🙂

    p.s. Here: Toilet paper is only allowed to roll down the back, near the wall….. BECAUSE…..
    when it rolls over the top, toward the front…. it’s momentum keeps it rolling…. and rolling, sometimes down to the floor 🙁
    At least when it rolls down the back, the wall stops it from it’s continuous rolling motion.
    I hate using toilet paper that has rolled down & been sitting on the floor. 🙁

    • mia says:

      Hahaha, yes, the OTHER household debate! You give a very reasonable explanation for why to hang the paper from the back, which now means that no matter which way it hangs….everyone in my house can be “right” in their opinion. Another breakthrough in attaining world peace<:}

  106. Kiara says:

    Hellman’s mayo is the standard in my house unless I have time to make my own. I LOVE homemade mayo.

  107. Jenny says:

    We had both in the house when I was growing up. My mom likes mayo (born and raised in southern California) and my dad likes MW (born and raised in Louisiana and various other places in the South). Frankly, I think my dad prefers MW because it’s more strongly flavored–he was in the Air Force and he’s kinda said that he got in the habit of using Tabasco and MW to disguise the flavors of the food he was eating.

    I only eat mayo because MW is way too sweet for me, but my husband (born and raised in Nebraska) prefers MW on his sandwiches (even fried egg sandwiches, which, ew). So yet again, a house divided! 🙂

  108. Teresa says:

    Homemade anything always the best! Grew up with the good ol Miracle of Miracles…keep Hellmans in my frig
    Big fan of fats so I use it as an additional fat and season additionally — take control people ! ;)))
    I so look forward to these posts — thanks for the entertainment!

  109. Kris says:

    Definitely mayonnaise. Used to make my own years ago, but got out of the habit. Hope you share your recipe when you show the results of your poll.

  110. Megan Geiger says:

    Mayo all the way, I have a sensitive pallet and I do not like many sweet things…especially if it on a sandwich (unless its a s’more). Oh and on the topic of ketchup ever hear of Red 78? Its made in my home state of Illinois and its better than Heinz (and I love Heinz), you should check it out.

  111. Erin Russo says:

    Mayo all the way, and I was born and raised in Texas. If I went over to certain relatives homes I would have to take my own with me as they used Miracle Whip. I can’t stand the tang.

  112. Lynda Loy says:

    Hellman’s mayo all the way! Grew up on both in Kentucky but mayo is the only one and yes I have been known to eat it with a spoon!

  113. Liz says:

    I like them both, but prefer Miracle Whip

  114. shannon says:

    Mayo! And specifically Hellmans, if possible. (I’ve had Duke’s, bought it on sale one time; I didn’t like it as well as Hellmans even though I know it’s famous. Never had homemade.)

    Had MW once as an adult and almost gagged.

  115. Amy Watson says:

    Well as a born and raised deep south gal, there really is only one store bought mayo that we would ever use for our tomato sandwich or our BLT or our banana sandwich, or use in our chicken salad or potato salad and that is HELLMANS !!!!! GOD forbid if we have to choose another it is Dukes but never never never miracle whip, I can’t even type it without gagging.

  116. Andrea says:

    Mayonnaise all the way! Hellmann’s if possible. Tried Duke’s and it’s ok. Not horrible. Don’t like Kraft. My ex-mother-in-law used Miracle Whip (we lived on Long Island in NY) and kept trying to convince us all that it was the SAME as mayonnaise! Uh no…..

  117. Jules says:

    It’s Mayo all the way in our household…and always has been.

    I don’t know why but I feel about Miracle Whip like I feel about margerine….ewww!

  118. Sheryl Powell says:

    I ran out of Miracle Whip and made potato salad with mayo. Yuck. Tasted blah, bland. Miracle Whip all the way

  119. I grew up on Miracle Whip, so I do prefer it. On a cheese sandwich with iceberg lettuce, are you kidding me?! That being said, as an adult, I buy whichever is on sale. 😉

  120. kathy says:

    My mom bought MW but called it mayo. So I don’t know who I am. But when my friends and I made lunch, moms that worked, we made lipton chicken soup that comes in a box or a mayo but really MW sandwich. That would be 2 slices wonder bread and MW, complete. Now I keep one small jar of each, I p;refer mustard.

  121. Beth says:

    Mayo, of course. However, there is a deep south version called Duke’s which is superior even to Hellman’s. It took a bit to find it, but it is worth a try. It is more like homemade and is a bit tangier than Hellman’s. Who knew?!

  122. Heather says:

    Mayo and it has to be Best Foods (can you tell where I grew up/live?).

  123. Jackie says:

    Hi, Karen. Yet another great debate on your blog. I grew up in Missouri (the Great Midwest) with Miracle Whip, my mom called it “salad dressing”. No Mayo in our house. We used it on sandwiches, mom used it when she made potato salad, tuna fish salad, etc. One day at work, a co-worker brought in tuna salad for everyone & it tasted very different from what I was used to – better – no tang. I asked her how she made it & she said she used mayo. Wow – what a difference it made. I started making mine like that & then moved on using it in my potato salad. My family now raves about my potato salad. Miracle Whip stayed so long in our house that it would expire before we would eat it all & I have stopped buying it altogether. I only use Kraft mayo. I have tried the others but we don’t like them so much. So – we are Kraft mayo all the way.

    Now for another great debate. When I was growing up, us kids would only eat margarine & we had cousins that would only eat butter. Now, being all grown up, I prefer butter. I know your tastes change as you get older & mine sure have.

  124. Andrea says:

    I am from the south and miracle crap (as I refer to it) is salad dressing. Like Monica I can only say it’s not mayonnaise!

  125. Linda S. says:

    Grew up on Miracle Whip, it was the 70s after all. I won’t touch it now – too slimy. But mayo I could eat by the spoonful. Love it!

  126. Lin N says:

    We had Miracle Whip when I was a child. Tasted Mayo and never looked back! Mayo is what you’ll find in my fridge!

  127. Elen G says:

    Truth. I’m not much of a mayo girl. But when I mayo, it’s Hellman’s all the way. And it usually has something to do with Dijon and frites. The end.

  128. Susan Hollier says:

    Used to have that relish goop or Miracle Whip on a processed cheese sandwich on white bread and iceberg lettuce. Truly amazing I survived my childhood. My own now grown children have never experienced such “food”. Bucket of Costco mayo is what’s always in our fridge.

  129. Duke’s mayo. Period. I send and gift it to friends that have moved where it isn’t sold.

  130. Long Island, NY. Is this even a debate? Mayo mayo mayo!! And, if you make it yourself egg, oil salt. The teenest bit of sugar? Totally not necessary.

  131. JVF says:

    Neither. They are both vile beyond all reason and the only decent use for mayonnaise is in the creation of cole slaw dressing. Otherwise, it is a complete assault on taste to use those so called condiments. And yes, I realize I’m virtually alone in this. But me and the seventeen other people in the world with good taste know that we are in the right on this.

    • TucsonPatty says:

      Seventeen? Are there that many?? Hahahaha! That would be another whole blog post – cole slaw dressing. I commented last night with about 60 comments and got up this morning to 180+ comments. This is a divided subject! For sure. Karen, will there be a pie chart or a graph? I love the comments. (I also read each and every comment and try to click on all the links that people have suggested.)

      • JVF says:

        It’s like Jimmy Tudeski says in The Whole Nine Yards “…they go to slapping that mayonnaise on there and I could kill someone.” (That was not intended literally, so please don’t think that I will one day kill someone over mayonnaise. That movie just cracks me up.)

  132. Tammy says:

    Dukes Mayo all the way!

  133. Roylyn Parks says:

    I grew up on Miracle Whip in the Midwest but have been in the South for 50+ years. Mayo all the way now and I think that is a very Southern thing. Used Hellman’s for years but recently changed to Duke’s which is a Southern favorite also. I know of no one who uses Miracle Whip down here. (Memphis)

  134. Jennifer says:

    Mayo! Homemade using avocado oil.
    Soybean oil and vegetable oil are REALLY bad for you.
    I only recently discovered this when I was doing research on foods to help me
    clean up my diet.

  135. Marlene Eastman says:

    My mom made homemade salad dressing …. yuck!!! So, when I was a very young bride, hubby loved Miracle Whip, as a new dutiful bride, I bought that. Then, out travelling around in our camper van, we ran out of Miracle Whip, had to buy Hellman’s Mayo …… dun dun!!!!! OMG, never again did I buy Miracle Whip again!!! That being said, I am about to embark on your recipe for homemade mayo …. with a scalloped edge hand blender. Hope it works!!!

  136. mia says:

    Oh it’s gotta be Best Foods….most notably for granny’s Georgia potato salad, a divine concoction that contains a very special flavor combination of rich, tangy, savory and sweet – which a substitution with Miracle Whip would destroy. It’s sacrilegious to imagine polluting that culinary perfection of my childhood, with the sweet glop of Miracle Whip! And don’t even get me started with using Miracle Whip in tuna salad…no, just no!

  137. Carol says:

    Raised on MW, been a Hellman’s fan since the first taste 50 years ago…don’t eat ketchup of any kind…

  138. TVER says:

    If no one has said so yet…..You must meet Duke’s Mayonnaise if you are ever in the south. Once you try Duke’s you will never go back to that other stuff 🙂

  139. Suzanne says:

    Hellman’s mayo, all the way. I always hated MW as a kid (must’ve been my sophisticated palate?) I’ve never tried Duke’s, nor have I made my own….Never saw the need to question the perfection in that jar of Hellman’s… However, since I’m feeling bold, I will add ‘tasting Duke’s mayo’ and ‘making mayo’ to my ‘to do’ list.

  140. Maureen Gilbert says:

    Mayo….all the way!

  141. Maureen Gilbert says:

    mayo…all the way

  142. Laurinda says:

    Miracle Whip on macaroni salad & cole slaw, mayo on everything else ( including banana sandwiches YUM)
    Weird, right? & I grew up on mayo, too

  143. Jennie Lee says:

    My Mom liked mayo, and even made her own, sometimes. However, I don’t like mayo, or MW. Nor do I like tartar sauce, relish, sour cream, cream cheese, guacamole, any salad dressing, coleslaw, sauerkraut, potato salad, ham salad, chicken salad, or pasta salad. And I probably left some things out.

  144. rose says:

    If you are going to make a comparison you really ought to compare Kraft MW to the Kraft Mayo, Kraft Lite Mayo and Kraft Olive Oil Mayo. If you want a taste comparison compare Kraft, Hellmans and Dukes Mayos, and leave out the Miracle Whip.
    I don’t like any of them. Can’t stand slime on my food.

  145. Jennie Lee says:

    I left out tuna salad and deviled eggs.

  146. Lynn says:

    HELLMAN’S Mayo, no other Mayo is aloud. I have tried to introduce other brands of Mayo but family completely refused to even try them . As for Miracle Whip I would be tarred and feathered if I even put it in the cart at the store.
    Family is very stuck on brands sorry to say.
    I would love to try homemade Mayo but I fear I would be the only one willing to give it a shot.

  147. Debra B Milam says:

    A word from the South (southeast Louisiana), and that word is Mayo!

  148. Meg says:

    ahhaah what a hot topic! woo!

    MIRACLE WHIP! for everything, EXCEPT potato salad. I never really liked my mom’s potato salad for some reason as much as I liked other potato salads.

    Also, you are 100% correct about Heinz ketchup.

  149. Lauren In Winnipeg says:

    Have used both but haven’t bought Miracle Whip for over 20 years. I’ve always thought of them as two entirely different products. But I guess my vote is for mayo. Hellman’s all the way. I only use it on chicken/turkey sandwiches or in deviled eggs and dips. Makes me gag when I see someone put it on a hot burger. Shudder. Although I don’t understand ketchup on burgers either…….

  150. Fonda says:

    Mayo, not MW!

  151. stephanie says:

    Mayo – NEVER Miracle Whip. Mostly Hellman’s but I have also used President’s Choice and do make my own on occasion. Strange thing is I do use Cross and Blackwell salad cream which is edible while MW is not.

  152. Tanya Januszko says:

    For the record, I’m tea Best Foods (Hellman’s).

    Decades ago, my mom got into a knock down, drag out with a neighbor over which was better: BestFoods or Hellman’s. They cracked up later when they found out they’re the same product. They don’t sell it as Hellman’s west of the Mississippi.

  153. Jody says:

    Mayo, with crispy salty fries dipped into it.

  154. Berry says:

    Kraft Mayo4Life (or homemade)

    My australian friend swears by tartar sauce instead.

  155. Jane C. says:

    Mayonnaise. My mother used nothing but Miracle Whip, but as soon as I moved into my own apartment I switched to Hellman’s Mayo.

  156. Elaine Senko says:

    Miracle Whip for sandwiches. A few recipes require mayo so I always have both in my refrigerator but MW is the daily go to. I find mayo too oily & bland tasting. Baba

  157. Gael says:


    And if you are feeling fancy, homemade mayo made with almond oil. So, so, so good.

    You’re welcome.

  158. Tracy Hoover says:

    There is only mayonnaise. Hellman’s Mayonnaise.

  159. SueSchneid22 says:

    Wow. I am vastly outnumbered here. I do like Miracle Whip. I confess! But, I never buy it because no one else (my husband) in my family does. So, I make nice with Hellman’s Mayonnaise and it suits me fine. I never knew this was such a controversial subject. You’re right, Karen- politics is safer and that’s saying something!

  160. leslie says:

    I feel very strongly about this, mayonnaise all the way – preferred brand is Hellman’s
    I bring my own small container when camping or a visiting cottages in the summer.
    My husband preferred MW when we first met but I converted him. MW is too sweet for my taste buds however church ladies and legion ladies make tunafish and salmon sandwiches and I think they use MW – I would walk through a wall for those sandwiches (its what I grew up on, it’s a comfort like eating a hotdog once in a while)

  161. Jenny L. says:

    All mayo, all the time. Hellman’s is what I can get here – but I’m dying to try Duke’s or Kewpie! However… my uncle from Arkansas taught me that only Miracle Whip can be used in Pimento Cheese. I buy a jar and whip up a gallon of it, every 2 or 3 years. Otherwise, I’ll just make aioli.

  162. PMK says:

    I too grew up on Miracle Whip and that mayo + green relish concoction called Sandwich Spread. I don’t like either of them and, now that I have been making my own mayo. I can’t stand any commercial mayo either. Not even the pricey organic health food store ones. They all taste like they are made with rancid oil. Given that I can whip up a jar of awesome homemade mayo in less time that it takes to get my boots on, I can’t think of any reason on Earth why I would buy mayo from a store.

  163. Becky G. says:

    Depends what the food is!

    I like Miracle Whip better for anything needing tangy zip: toasted tomato sandwiches, leftover turkey sandwiches, salad-type sandwiches (egg, chicken, tuna), and macaroni salad.

    I like mayonnaise better for french fries, deli meat sandwiches or leftover roast beef sandwiches.

    If it’s full fat mayo, I like Kraft Mayo the best. Hellman’s is a bit congealed-y or something. BUT, I do prefer Hellman’s for reduced fat mayo – the olive oil reduced fat is the best.

  164. Becky G. says:

    Oh! And burgers!! Real mayo on burgers!! Beef or chicken.

  165. Kari says:

    I just don’t get Miracle Whip. For me it’s one of the worst things ever created. The first time I tried it I was like what the hell happened to my sandwich. 🤮😂

  166. Leticia says:

    Never had Miracle Whip. It never came to Brazil. I guess Brazilians are into bland food and would never abide by a mayo lookalike with spices. I like mayo and have made it at home. Don’t use it often as it can add to the waistline fast.

    I must add Miracle Whip to the list of “weird things to try” when I get to the US. Such as ginger ale – nice kinda like the American guaraná, bagels – amazing in NY and terrible in SF, or root beer – goes from awful to sublime and hamburger helper – surprisingly good tasting, if you don’t read the ingredients.

  167. Lisa G. says:

    I grew up in Peoria, IL, the “beating heart” of American consumerism. (Let’s call it an arrhythmia.) It was a major test market. My people were apparently representative of the entire United States, so we were consistently introduced to new ways of eating corn byproducts, especially corn syrup. Miracle Whip was a popular vehicle for it and it was as divisive an issue in Peoria households as it was and still is nationwide. There was a whiff of a class divide in there, which is probably what Kraft wanted to ferret out. In my house, we had both: one was for eating (mayonnaise), one was for putting on your face (Miracle Whip, look it up. It works.)

  168. Lynn says:

    Only Godless Heathens use Miracle Whip–with apologies to all you Godless Heathens out there! In the Deep South, folks who were Raised Right use mayonnaise–you can argue the best brand (Dukes) but you cannot argue that Miracle Whip has any place in the southern kitchen–’cause it doesn’t!

  169. Sue says:

    This southerner uses Duke’s. It does not have sugar in it and I think that’s one of the reasons it performs better as an ingredient. Sugar on tuna or egg salad…ugh.

  170. Grammy says:

    Grew up with Miracle Whip (mother from Oklahoma) but tasted mayo more than 50 years ago and it’s been Best Foods mayo ever since, except for a spell in the ’70s when I made my own. When I found out my husband is one of the seventeen people on earth who hates it all, I found I couldn’t use up the homemade fast enough, so went back to buying mayo.

    I live in California and was told many years ago that our mayo was called Hellman’s “back east” but, judging from these comments, it’s Hellman’s pretty much everywhere but here. Is it just in California that it’s named Best Foods?

  171. Benjamin says:

    Home-made mayo only please. Don’t try my patience or I throw my roast beef sandwich at someone. Grrr… Hey Karen, I want to tell you how much I love the vinaigrette salad dressing recipe you shared a few months ago. (from your kale salad post) I love, love, love it !!!

  172. Renee Ryz says:

    I grew up in Chicago on MW, but I find it too sweet. I now use mayo, I will use MW in coleslaw – as hubby likes it a bit sweet. He eats mayo only. I prefer mustard – GOOD mustard. Anyone been to the Mustard Museum in Mt. Horeb Wisconsin? HEAVEN!!! hundreds of mustards

  173. Nic says:

    I grew up in the Midwest on Miracle Whip. As an adult (still living in the Midwest) I have made both from scratch, and both are better that way than store bought, but the VAST majority of the time I prefer mayo. (Miracle Whip is better in deviled eggs, though. Sorry, it just is.)
    And I do like homemade ketchup better? Heinz tastes a lot like candy to me, but I’m not a giant fan of ketchup, anyway. I like curry mayo on my fries. Soooo goooood.

  174. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Ok it’s mayo for me and my son…for him it’s only mixed in something else…like I have already decided to make your mayo for in our holiday deviled eggs…we have recently got Duke’s up here and I do like it!…Also since you mentioned it we also prefer Heinz ketchup and mustard too!

  175. Ina says:

    I grew up in Rhodesia (nowadays known as Zimbabwe) and we had Heinz 57 sandwich spread on our sandwiches, nothing else.
    Definitely Karen’s homemade mayonnaise recipe – the best!

  176. Nicole says:

    OK, I haven’t tried this yet, but it sounds wacky, and I’m a big fan of wacky. It’s an enormous pancake (although I suspect that’s a misnomer, because Golden Griddle will never serve these), made with mayo. https://skillet.lifehacker.com/the-secret-to-this-towering-fluffy-pancake-is-mayonnai-1820351459

    There’s no comment on whether it’ll work with Miracle Whip.

  177. Laura says:

    It’s a long story. My father grew up in the 1950’s with a casserole loving mother from Nebraska who used miracle whip. My mother’s family was steak, potatoes and mayo all the way. Their marriage began in 1959 so she had to convert to Miracle Whip. Weirdly she still chooses it though the marriage is long over. I met mayonnaise as an adult and the love affair hasn’t stopped. I mean, really, there is no comparison.

  178. Barb says:

    Midwestern gal here and grew up on Mayo. First had MW in my late 20’s when a friend put it on lettuce and called it “dressing”…gross!

  179. Kristin Ferguson says:

    I think you’d agree with this comic from The Oatmeal:


  180. Dale Lacina says:

    Mom had a recipe where she cooked the mixture for homemade Mayo. It was the ONLY way to make potato salad.
    I have tried to make Mom’s recipe and “failure” is a kind word for what was created. Have not tried Karen’s homemade recipe yet. Maybe next time I make potato salad I’ll give it a go.
    Store bought….Miracle Whip is my kids’ favorite.

  181. Denise says:

    Mayo (homemade mmm) all the way EXCEPT (sorry Karen) a toasted tomato sandwich with a warm sunrise tomato with salt and pepper. Memories of occasional lunches with my dad can’t be messed with 😉

  182. Lori says:

    When I was little, my aunt fixed me a sandwich and I took one bite and spit it out saying “That’s not Duke’s!” It was Miracle Whip…Yuck! Three things my husband says we are never to run out of….toilet paper, real butter and DUKE’S! I have to agree with him….

  183. Adriane Glazier says:

    Hellman’s Lite MAYO, for this Chicago girl.

    My ex-husband preferred Miracle Whip, “ex” being the operative word. (Actually, it’s the operative prefix, but you get my point).

  184. I grew up with Miracle Whip, and I’m from the midwest. I had a lot of Miracle Whip/mustard/fake cheese slice/bologna sandwiches as a kid. As an adult, I prefer mayo, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I had Miracle Whip. That’s probably a good thing…

  185. SarahP says:

    Mayo – only!! Miracle Whip – yuck!

  186. Erica says:

    I grew up on miracle whip and I like them both. Now I’m on a keto diet and stick to mayo. I love it though.

  187. Kootenay Kat says:

    Switched to Mayo a long time ago. Raised on Miracle Whip too(Vancouver, BC)…because its cheaper to buy. Then I grew up and started reading food labels. I prefer food that DOES NOT!!!!! contain high fructose corn syrup!!!!! (aka killer krap) so Mayo it is, and I’m willing to pay the extra. Both my kids (37 & 34) are staunch Miracle Whip people. I’ve failed miserably as a mother.

  188. al says:

    Although I read you all of the time I rarely comment. I you have every had proper homeade ketchup, you have never experienced proper ketchup with all spice and and other spiece per the 1940’s ball canning book

  189. Heather Sykora says:

    Adding one more comment:
    My grandma ( born 1920) in Kansas made a “salad” almost daily as appetizer before the meat dish. Ice berg lettuce, a dollop of Miracle Whip, a slice of Banana!!!!! When my husband and I were newly weds in 1995 she served this “salad” to us as she had served it for over 50 years…… my husband still remembers working very hard to chew, swallow, smile and not gag at the flavor combo!!!

  190. Melissa says:



    If I want some flavor variations, I add them: lemon, honey, sriracha, chipotle.. you get the idea.

    And, mayo makes a great coating for fish destined for the grill, as well as great way to crisp up the outside of a grilled cheese sandwich.

  191. Alicia says:

    Miracle Whip for tuna or egg salad.
    Mayo for everything else.

    I was born in Chicago, but essentially raised in Arizona. My parents were born and raised in Minnesota. My mom hates Miracle Whip except in tuna and egg salad…thus my preference I assume. I used to like Miracle Whip on a sandwich from time to time, but haven’t had it that way in YEARS.

  192. Celeste says:

    Correction: the Deep South ain’t Miracle Whip territory. In fact, in Louisiana, I’ve never once seen it inside someone’s home or in a restaurant. All mayo, all the time, Blue Plate brand mayo, in particular.

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