Saturday, August 9, 2008

Mayo or Miracle Whip?

Some foods seem to create controversy -- people either love them or hate them. Ketchup. Mustard. Nuts. Chocolate - okay, only a lunatic would hate chocolate. I dated a guy once who decided he didn't like chocolate because it was so unhealthy. His mental powers were such that after his change in taste, he would actually become sick to his stomach at the smell of chocolate. This was one of the reasons that I did not marry him.

But I digress.

I grew up eating Miracle Whip. I loved Miracle Whip so much that when I was a kid I would get a nice fat slice of cheddar cheese, and slather it with a nice thick layer of Miracle Whip and eat the combo that way. Once upon a time I was prone to eating it straight from the jar on a spoon. Ketchup was a close second on my favorite condiments list. In fact, for the first ten years of my life, those two sauces were the only ones on my favorite condiments list. I didn't know there were any others. Hey - I grew up in Idaho. That explains a lot about me, don't you think?

Don't answer that.

Now, I am not above eating Mayo if that's all that's available. This is because I am tolerant and open minded and a good Christian. But there is a fascinating trend I have noticed in my extensive experience and research (cough) into human nature: Miracle Whip people will eat Mayo if there is no other choice. Mayo people, however, will not condescend to eating Miracle Whip, no how no way. They'd rather starve. Not only this, but Miracle Whip lovers are openly mocked and ridiculed by Mayo-nites everywhere. It is open persecution, people. Think Rome and Christians.

So now I'd like to test my little hypothesis, in this most scientific random sampling of the world population. Which bread spread do you prefer? If you prefer Mayonnaise, are you a militant Mayo-nite that heaps persecution on the humble Miracle-Whippersnappers of the world?

Enquiring minds want to know.

p.s. - don't forget to vote in the poll at the top of the left sidebar!!!

35 comments:

Amidey (aka Crazy Lady) said...

Imagine that. Someone judging you for eating Miracle Whip. It's almost as bad as ostracizing someone for insomnia. Miracle Whip is DISCUSTING!!! Ahem. That is not just opinion by the way, it IS inferior by far to mayonaise.

hiccups said...

When I do either, which is rare, I'm a Miracle Whip gal. But never, ever the lite stuff. It's like they shoot that up with weird out-all-afternoon boiled egg flavoring. Just strange. I'd rather find ways to use less of the regular stuff than go near the lite crud.

I'll use Miracle Whip in egg salad, chicken salad and stuff like that. I don't make those too often, though. I use mustard on deli meat sandwiches.

hiccups said...

Oh, and I buy the store brand stuff mostly instead of name brand.

I should see if I can find some of my miracle whip recipes. Because I was noticing that I never use the stuff without adding other things to flavor and season.

hiccups said...

Ok, a couple of recipes:

Mesquite Salad Dressing

one part mayo or Miracle Whip
one part mesquite bbq sauce
mix well.

Not a light recipe, but very flavorful, so you can atleast use less.

Becky said...

Oh, man. I'm guilty! I'm definitely a mayo girl and I do turn my nose up at, you know, the other stuff. Gross! I may occasionally mock a Miracle Whippersnapper, but only in my head, I promise! You know the people who really scare me? The ones who've never heard of fry sauce. Or who don't like fry sauce. Can you imagine!? Freaks.

Lisa said...

FRY SAUCE! How could forget that ambrosia in my list. Good catch there, Becky, and thanks for your comment! Welcome to the asylum of my mind. Didja vote in the poll? Didja didja?

Dionne said...

Umm.... I hadn't heard of fry sauce until joined an LDS forum overrun with Utahns. ;)

And I was mocked at EFY - back in the days when it was only at BYU - because I expressed my love for fries and gravy.

"EWWWW, fries and gravy? That's disgusting."

Yeah. 'Cuz, ya know, a potato product and gravy are an UNTHINKABLE combo. (That's the sound of me rolling my eyes.)

I like Miracle Whip. One of my all-time favorite comfort foods is thick-sliced tomatoes on white bread with Miracle Whip and salt and pepper. Mmmmmmm!

Pat said...

It is strange because I grew up on miracle whip, but somehow changed once I got married. It wasn't marion either, because he would rather starve to death than eat either of those previously mentioned condiments. So somehow I am converted to mayonaise, especially for artichokes. I can not eat my artichoke if I am out of mayo. And I prefer mayo on my sandwiches as well. And yes you are right, I would rather go with out than eat miracle whip. Strange.

Karianne said...

Hmmmm I think I am weird because I actually really really like both of them. I grew up on Miracle Whip, not knowing what exactly the difference was, and then I would accept mayo if that's all there was, like you said, but now I don't know if I could choose. Like if I knew it was my last sandwich of my life and I had to choose between them?? That would be a stressful question. I think I would end up cutting the sandwich in half.

And yes I agree with the "fry sauce is the best invention ever" kind of opinion. It's so weird that other people don't know about it though, outside of Utah. To live without this magic? Sad life...

Susan said...

I don't like mayo very much. I love miracle whip though, and you're right, I will eat mayo if there isn't miracle whip around.

And I am pretty ashamed to say that, even though I have spent most of my childhood here in Utah, I haven't actually ever tried fry sauce. It's in the cafeteria next to the ketchup almost every time but I have never even considered trying it. Maybe I should. Darn, now I feel pretty much like a traitor to all my fellow utahns. I do remember when we moved here when I was in elementary school and all the kids ate fry sauce with their fries and I didn't know what the heck this gross looking orangy stuff was. They just don't have it in CA!

Kris said...

You heard my comments at the reunion, so now I can't even pretend that I like don't talk bad about MW. Like I said I was raised on MW, but after the first time I tried Mayo, I was converted.

dukdub said...

Miracle Whip! Miracle Whip!! Miracle Whip!!! There isn't any other spread worth using!!!! Miracle Whip!!!!!

dukdub said...

Did I mention that I like Miracle Whip?

dukdub said...

Yea, Lisa I voted for Miracle Whip!

Pat said...

Susan, are you kidding me? You have fry sauce in your school cafeteria. Well all I can say is luckeeeeeee! Girl, you have got to get with the program and try some fry sauce. Eat it just for me. Don't go another week with out if OK. You really should take advantage of the plentitude of fry sauce in your surroundings.
And Karianne, you crack me up, not being able to choose. Yes by all means cut the sandwich in half, life it too short to stress about such things.
Lisa, great post topic, look how many comments you got. Yes I have comment envy. :P

dukdub said...

Lisa, I know you want responses, but do you really want 200 to 500 comments to read each day like Pioneer Woman?

Karianne said...

Amen on the comment envy. I guess it would help if I posted on my own blog...

Christina said...

Hmmm. Working at Subway, I seem to consider myself somewhat of an expert in this subject. At least in the statistic side of things.

I have actually artisted many a sandwich for Miracle Whippersnappers who decide to eat their sandwich dry when I inform them of our lack of MW. And the rest try to make me feel guilty with pouty faces and such. Not like I have any control...

But idk about the other way around, because the lucky Mayo-nites of Springville have their favorite condiment at their fingertips.

Karianne will have to back me up as the other expert in our field.

Amidey (aka Crazy Lady) said...

okay, you clearly have some whippersnapper friends. Is is possible that this is because you are all related and raised on the Miracle cream. Was anyone raised on Mayo and converted by the miracle of Merry Whip (as we call it)? I am okay with being the minority. You would all be disappointed to know that I am not a huge fan of chocolate either. I mean it's okay if there is nothing else.

Lisa said...

I think some mayo people have commented here but not voted on the poll. I count four mayo-nites and five miracle whippers from the comments here, with a couple of non-committal cowards thrown in.

It's okay with me that you don't like chocolate, Amidey. More for me that way.

jen said...

I have to admit that I am a mayo snob!!! Even the smell of MW makes my stomach turn. :) But in complete honesty, it is a rare thing for me to have condiments of any kind on anything. I am a plain-jane kind of gal!

Mommom said...

I'm not going to read the comments before I comment because I don't want to judge anyone else before I say anything ;) I don't often use either (no mustard, no mayo, no miracle whip, nada..). I took that whole "Don't drown your food" commercial VERY seriously growing up.

But I'm also no respector of spreads. Some foods taste better with Mayo, some with Miracle whip (it's the vinegar). But I don't swap them :) If I eat it with Mayo - always Mayo. If I eat it with Miracle Whip - always Miracle Whip.

So, can I vote twice based on that?

Lisa said...

If I had been thinking right I would have included an option for "both" on the poll. But by the time I did, a couple of people had already voted and it won't let me make changes after that.

Your ambivalence is duly noted, mommom. Thank you for your valued contribution to this landmark study!

:D

MKL said...

Honestly, it depends on what I am eating. Were I to have a cheese sandwich, I'd use miracle whip (it's less "heavy"), but I would never *dream* of eating asparagus tips with anything other than real mayonnaise. I don't turn my nose up a Whippers or think Mayo is the be all and end al, but I'll admit I do prefer Mayo over Miracle Whip if I had to choose one or the other.

Oh, and the ultimate condiment is Tapatio Picante Sauce. I swear, I can eat just about anything if it has that on it :).

Lisa said...

Aggggh the Mayo people are swamping the poll! Come on, Miracle Whippers, don't fail me now?

Where's that husband of mine? He needs to vote, dangit!

Amidey (aka Crazy Lady) said...

What did you do? The poll is even. Did you bribe Tom to vote? That is so unfair. I know you did. Oh I know you have him wrapped around your little finger. Who are the two whippersnappers that didn't even dare leave a comment? I bet it was him. Dang that Tom!

dukdub said...

Yea, Miracle Whip is ahead!

Marjorie said...

I'm just having chance to get caught up on your blog since my travels so this comment is a little late. I am trying to figure out where I went wrong that I raised my girls on Miracle Whip and now they are all die-hard mayo-ers. My first choice is MW because I was raised on that in my early years. When you compare the labels there are a few less calories in MW so if you are trying to cut corners there is one place you can do it on a sandwich. Usually I have to spice up mayo with vinegar and sugar anyway so might as well choose MW. But there are a couple of Pat's salad recipies and the Southwest Sandwiches that just don't work with MW. Bottom line is I like the taste of both but probably reach for the Miracle first!

hiccups said...

I had to dig up this old post, because I've officially jumped ship. I'm now a mayo gal. I blame it on the pregnancy, but it could still be permanent. This could be dangerous for my marriage as my mister is a fierce miracle whipper.

Funny Farmer said...

Nevermind your marriage. Our friendship is over!

hiccups said...

Sorry, but I can't help it. All I taste is vinegar when I use miracle whip now. :P Yuck. And I can add vinegar to mayo if I want, but I certainly can't take it out of miracle whip.

I suppose our friendship can't be salvaged? Just as well. Your gun scares me.

Amidey (aka Crazy Lady) said...

hiccups,

It's not the pregnancy. You have simply seen the light of truth. The only miracle about Miracle Whip is that anyone can survive after eating it. You can be my friend. I am much more fun anyway. And I don't pack heat.

Funny Farmer said...

GASP!! You mayo-loving, friend-stealing back-stabbing Crazy Lady!

Losing my friendship is the least of your worries.

You are SO out of my will.

Amidey (aka Crazy Lady) said...

Oh no! What will I do without that life time supply of Miracle Whip. Boo freakin' hoo.

hiccups said...

I should have known it might have been too soon to reopen this controversial subject. Can't we all just get along?

I'll make refreshments. Egg salad made with mayo. :D