The Great Miracle Whip Versus Mayo Smackdown!

A year or two ago I was reading Danny Meyer’s book, Setting the Table. Danny is the renowned New York restaurateur known for everything from the high-end Union Square Grill and Gramercy Tavern to the down-and-dirty deliciousness of Blue Smoke and Shake Shack.

In his book, he writes about his childhood, and how he noticed that there was a difference in the types of families that preferred Miracle Whip or Hellmann’s Mayonnaise. As a Miracle Whip lover, I was intrigued. And yet, he said no more about it in his book.

Then, one day I happened to have the opportunity to meet him, and ask him my question. It was in the middle of lunch at the Gramercy Tavern, in front of a table of guests. “Danny!” I said, “I read your book, and you talk about the difference between people who like Miracle Whip over Hellmann’s, but you never say what that difference is. What is it?”

He blushed, and demurred. And right then and there, I knew. People who prefer Miracle Whip are the type of people who ask uncomfortable questions in public places…in other words, the socially less sophisticated. That’s me! In fact, I’m so Miracle Whip that even though I was mortified for a few days, I brought it up to him again the next time I ran into him at a party. I just can’t help myself. That’s why I’m sharing this embarrassing story with you!

So anyway, I want to take a vote. It’s time for the ultimate Miracle Whip versus mayo Smackdown. Which one will win? Vote now!

Which condiment do you prefer, Miracle Whip or "real" mayonnaise?

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May the best condiment win…but for me, it will always be Miracle Whip.

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62 Responses to The Great Miracle Whip Versus Mayo Smackdown!

  1. yea November 6, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    Miracle whip is the only choice for people who don’t wanna be fat. Real mayo tastes better but its absolutely horrible for you.

  2. Jerri February 28, 2011 at 9:56 pm #

    Mayo …. All the way

  3. Kathy March 1, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    the only time I use mayo is to temper the miracle whip slighty for the potato salad slurry. other than that, it’s pretty gross.

  4. Weldon March 30, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Some years ago a website Grits.com had a debate like this and it was the same as far as preferances. Mayo was the clear choice for many. Two things that came out was the preferred brand of all products was Hellmanns. Hellmanns was the choice of mayo lovers and the second thing noticed was that MW people sent the most respones mostly defending their choice rather than promoting it.

  5. Joan April 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Miracle Whip and Mayo taste different. I grew up with mayo and then started using miracle whip. When I accidentaly bought mayo and used it on a chicken sandwich, I realized i had been missing it for years. I like miralce whip for salads but mayo wins for sandwiches with me.

  6. Dave May 16, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    I gre up on Miracle Whip, still prefer it for many things and initially hated mayonaise. However, after years of exposure to it in various restaurants and fast food joints, I have come to realize that they really are like apples and oranges. Some sandwiches and dishes work better with mayo – and some others benefit more from “the Extra Zip”

  7. Theresa July 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    I think they both probably contain soybean oil from genetically modified crops, so I prefer to make my own using olive oil.

  8. pambell August 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    I freaken hate miracle wip,its too sweet&tangy,it gives me lock jaw frm the taste. Mayo is whats up,the real deal,us real adults are in touch with show nuff flava when it comes to mayo baby!

  9. Rachel August 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    I grew up in a Mayo family. I was okay with it but low fat mayo made me gag! When I was introduced to Miracle Whip, I was instantly won! Now that I’m older and see the huge calorie difference I don’t know why anyone would want to slather a 100 calorie spoonful of mayo on a good sandwich. So, now I’m the oddball in the family that likes Miracle Whip, but I’m okay with that. :)

  10. Heather October 4, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    I don’t like the way mayo tastes, but I do like how miracle whip tastes. The fat difference is remarkable and now that MW no longer uses HFCS, it’s even better!

  11. Kathy May 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    I grew up on Miracle, and used it for everything. But, Kraft ruined their product with GMO soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup, enzyme modified egg yolk. Stopped buying it years ago when
    they altered ingredients and switched to BPA plastic jars.

  12. Mary Beheler October 30, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Where is the place to vote that it doesn’t make that much difference? Sure, the flavor of each is different, but that just means this tuna salad doesn’t taste like that one. Two tuna salads with the same goo, but different a different combination, lack of, or addition of celery, onion, cilantro, mustard, salt, pepper, spices, relish, nuts, grapes, and/or raisins, are going to be different. Does one have to be perfect and the rest horrid? Enjoy the variation!

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