Mayo vs. Miracle WhipPosted on 13 July 2013 | 5 comments
A while back I did a taste test of Coke vs. Pepsi. They taste identical. People who claim a preference for one or the other are clearly delusional. That’s okay.
There are two other food items that brings passion out amongst those with a preference, and that is mayonnaise vs. Miracle Whip. I use them interchangeably, buying one or the other based primarily on whim or, if I’m buying them for something based on a recipe, according to what the recipe calls for. I’ve never really noticed a difference in flavor, but I’ve also never eaten them side by side for comparison.
Today was the day for the test. I considered taking a small spoonful of each and taking a lick one at a time, but the thought of that made me gag. No, they would need to be used as designed – background. I needed a fairly bland background so I went with a cheese sandwich: cheddar on a pita, to be specific. I cut the pita into thirds. One third would be sauce-less (the control), another third would be slathered with mayo, and the final third would be slathered with Miracle Whip. I put on more sauce than usual so the flavor would be obvious and easy to compare.
Conclusion: There is a difference in flavor! The Miracle Whip definitely has more flavor. Both are pleasing, and both provide a nice background moisture and flavor, but the mayo is definitely bland in comparison. The Miracle Whip flavor isn’t strong, but it is easily tasted. I believe I shall give a slight preference to the Miracle Whip in my future shopping. I like it better. My preference isn’t high, and I’ll still use them interchangeably, but I’m pleased to find a difference and a preference.