Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip: The Difference

Updated on July 31, 2018
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She posts many articles online that are really Bible lessons.

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

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 what mayonnaise is. In this section, there are four different names for mayonnaise:

  1. spread
  2. sauce
  3. dressing
  4. condiment

Mayonnaise is uncooked. Miracle Whip is cooked.

Miracle Whip

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

Mayonnaise
Miracle Whip
More expensive
Less expensive
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
Few ingredients
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
Uncooked
Cooked
More calories
Half the calories of mayo
Looks exactly like Miracle Whip
Looks exactly like mayonnaise
Slightly greasy
Not greasy
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
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Which do you use?

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      11 days ago from Richmond, VA

      Jane Doe, like you, I use both. I buy whatever is on sale. I am not a very good cook. Therefore, I don't know about one of them curdling. Perhaps some of the other readers will respond to that.

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      Jane Doe 

      11 days ago

      I buy both. I have to because every recipe is different. I do not make tuna or chicken salads with mayo but egg or potato salads, I use the sweeter version of Miracle Whip.

      I also perfer Mayo for fries if I am out of ketchup, but perfer MW as a dip recipe for homemade ranch.

      MY Biggest question is, I heard one can't be cooked or heated as that would curdle the spread. Is this true and which one is it that you should be adding cold?

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      5 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Patty and Rochelle, thanks a lot for reading my article about mayonnaise and Miracle Whip. So far, most people say they prefer mayonnaise.

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      Rochelle Frank 

      5 months ago from California Gold Country

      I loved this and did not know all of the differences. I knew Miracle Whip was sweeter tasting, and I switched to mayo. I think my Mom probably used MW because it was cheaper and they were on a tight budget.

      My husband's German aunt became obsessed with Miracale Whip when she came for an extended visit aka "Mir-AUCK-el Vip". I don't think they had it over there.

      Brilliant idea for an interesting article. Cheers!

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      5 months ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Very interesting overall -- I did not know that Miracle Whip is cooked! I use both products but only once in a while, like I drink Coke and Pepsi. Probably should give up all four. LOL

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      5 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Louise, mayonnaise and Miracle Whip are on the shelf side by side in the grocery store. Every time I buy mayonnaise, I have to make sure I am not buying Miracle Whip.

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      Louise Powles 

      5 months ago from Norfolk, England

      We don't get Miracle Whip here in the UK, so I buy Mayonaise.

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I like mayo. But I looked into the healthier. The only benefit I can see in Miracle Whip is less fat. I worry a lot more about added sugars and added salt. Nice job here. Thank you.

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