Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip: The Difference
Mayonnaise and Miracle Whip are not the same. They are indeed very different. However, if you run out of one, you could get away with using the other as a substitute on a temporary basis. However, those who favor one or the other don't like to change.
Miracle Whip isn’t mayonnaise, and mayonnaise isn't Miracle Whip. Here's why. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration states that anything labeled "mayonnaise" must contain a minimum of 65 percent of vegetable oil. Miracle Whip has a much lower percentage and doesn't meet the FDA standard to be mayonnaise.
What most people don't know is that Miracle Whip was priced cheaper to make it affordable for poor people during the Depression. These days, the price of Miracle Whip is about the same as mayonnaise. It is among the 20 top-selling brands.
Miracle Whip isn’t mayonnaise, and mayonnaise isn't Miracle Whip.
Mayonnaise, often abbreviated as mayo, is a spread that is put on many foods, including sandwiches to enhance the taste. It is uncooked and slightly greasy.
According to Wikipedia:
Mayonnaise is a thick, creamy sauce often used as a condiment. It is made with oil, egg yolks and either vinegar or lemon juice.
Mayo is a thick, cold sauce or dressing. The color of mayonnaise could be white, cream color, or pale yellow. It may range in texture from a light cream to a thick gel.
Mayo sales have doubled since 2005. Last year, Americans bought approximately 177 million gallons of mayonnaise. To put that in perspective, that's enough mayonnaise to fill 268 Olympic size swimming pools or two-thirds of the Empire State Building.
Mayonnaise is a booming business even though people can make their own at home. Americans spend at least $2 billion on it every year. That's more than on any other condiment including ketchup. Mayo is used on foods other than just sandwiches. It is included in pasta salad, chicken salad, tuna salad, devil eggs, potato salad, and sushi.
It is hard to come to an agreement about how mayonnaise should be categorized. In this section, there are four different names for mayonnaise:
Mayonnaise is uncooked. Miracle Whip is cooked.
Miracle Whip is a salad dressing manufactured by Kraft Foods and sold throughout the United States and Canada. It was debuted at the World's Fair in Chicago in 1933. It soon became a success as a condiment on fruits, vegetables, sandwiches, and salads.
According to Wikipedia:
"Miracle Whip does not meet the minimum requirement of 65% vegetable oil to be labeled as mayonnaise as dictated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration."
Water is the first ingredient in Miracle Whip with some oil, sugar, and cornstarch to thicken, a little bit of egg, and some salt and flavorings. Because of all the water, it has half the calories of mayonnaise.
Miracle Whip is considered a healthier version of mayo because it doesn't have fats like mayo has that your body needs.
If you can't tell the difference between mayonnaise and Miracle Whip, put them side by side and do the taste test. The one that tastes sweeter is Miracle Whip because of the high-fructose corn syrup and sugar that it contains.
A Recap of the Differences Between Mayo and Miracle Whip
Made with 80% vegetable oil; FDA requires at least 65%
Very low content of vegetable oil; way less than FDA requirement of 65%
Flavor is not sweet or spicy
Sweet, tangy and spicy flavor
Labeled as a spread, condiment, dressing or sauce
Labeled as a salad dressing
Includes more than 20 different spicy ingredients
Made with natural household ingredients; therefore, you can make your own
All ingredients not known; therefore, you cannot make your own
Not a brand
Among top 20 selling brands
Half the calories of mayo
Looks exactly like Miracle Whip
Looks exactly like mayonnaise
A generic name; the first letter is a lower case "m"
A brand name; that's why the first letters are capitalized.
Fats content because of eggs
Considered healthier because of no fats
One tablespoon has 90 calories.
Has more sugar