It’s a long-standing feud in our family – mayonnaise versus Miracle Whip salad dressing. It’s pretty much a fight to the death that no one will win. Mayo is beloved by some. Miracle Whip, beloved by others. There will be no changing of the minds, ever. The debate flares up fairly regularly – actually just about every time my mother-in-law brings her legendary potato salad to a family gathering. That gives us the opportunity to spend copious amounts of time on things like the meaning of life and – of course – mayo vs. Miracle Whip.
The mayonnaise debate is simple – savory is better. Miracle Whippers go for the sweet factor. I have to admit that I grew up on the sweet stuff and never had mayo until my dads wife made macaroni salad for us when I was 8. From that point on I had been turned to a life of mayonnaise loving. In my opinion, Miracle Whip is the scurge of condiments. I mean seriously why would you sweeten the deliciousness of mayo? It’s perfect right out of the jar or homemade even better. That’s like putting sugar on fresh fruit – so very wrong.
My husband was converted late in life as well – at least I suspect that’s the case since his mom (who is an amazing cook by the way) L-O-V-E-S Miracle Whip so much that when she makes her awesome potato salad for us she will not dress it because, well, the scurge of mayo will not litter her refrigerator. I love to joke with her and she’s a good sport about it all.
Anyway, at a family get together last night the potato salad – dressed with Miracle Whip – appeared on the dinner table and the debate found its way to center stage with a few new folks like my parents and a family friend in the mix. Meaningful exchange is key to fun and interesting events involving relatives.:)
It got me thinking, though, about why people choose one or the other. Is it cultural? Regional? Pure palate? No one seemed to be able to come up with a statistically significant hypothesis other than “because it’s good.”
So, the debate rages on. Sweet vs. savory. Miracle Whip vs. Mayo. One day, if we’re lucky, we’ll have the answers.