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Miracle Whip versus mayonnaise: What's the difference?

Like Democrats and Republicans, there are two camps -- those who use Miracle Whip and those who use mayonnaise. Which camp you prefer seems to depend on what you grew up with. In the interest of fairness, let me disclose that I'm firmly entrenche...

Like Democrats and Republicans, there are two camps -- those who use Miracle Whip and those who use mayonnaise.

Which camp you prefer seems to depend on what you grew up with. In the interest of fairness, let me disclose that I'm firmly entrenched in the Miracle Whip camp. For sandwiches and salads, nothing beat the tangy zip of Miracle Whip.

Miracle Whip is made by Kraft Foods. Joyce Hodel, a Kraft spokeswoman, says the difference between mayo and Miracle Whip is the fat content. She says Miracle Whip has half the fat of mayonnaise, which is made from egg yolks, lemon juice or vinegar and vegetable oil. Another difference is that Miracle Whip has more sugar added; it contains both high-fructose corn syrup and sugar. Mayo contains little if any sugar.

Kraft introduced Miracle Whip at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933.

When I asked my mother why I was raised a Miracle Whip purist, she said it was because that's what she was raised on. During the Depression, it was cheaper than mayonnaise; hence our family's preference was born.

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I hesitate to mention this -- I feel like Yoda saying ... "but wait, there is another ..." -- but one of our recipes calls for Spin Blend, which I had never heard of. The Smart Balance product contains natural plant sterols and half the fat of regular mayo. Its taste was tangy, much like Miracle Whip. Can't forget those darned Independents!

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