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!