Mayo Controversy: Duke’s vs. Hellmann’s (Miracle Whip Need Not Apply)

Gentle Readers, tomato season is upon us, and every year, with it comes controversy. First, we have the mayo haters. They can excuse themselves at this point. For the rest of us, there is the question of brand. Most people agree the proper tomato sandwich consists of white bread, tomatoes, mayo, and salt and pepper.

My first tomato sandwich of the season. Southern bliss.

My first tomato sandwich of the season. Southern bliss.

But is it Duke’s or Hellmann’s? Please say it isn’t Miracle Whip. I have never met a single person who actually enjoyed that stuff. If you do or did, please post a comment and let us all know why. Seriously, I want to know this.

Sliced Tomatoes with a Dab of Mayo

Sliced Tomatoes with a Dab of Mayo

Back to the topic at hand. First, know that every professional foodie (chefs and everyone else) I’ve ever asked has an opinion and a love of the tomato sandwich. I find Duke’s a bit eggier, which is not a negative. I like both to be honest, but somehow Duke’s seems more appropriate in a Southern context.

Sliced Tomatoes with Sea Salt and Mayo

Sliced Tomatoes with Sea Salt and Mayo

However, right now I have Hellmann’s in the fridge! And the first sammie of the season was still delish. Alas, it will require a lot more field research. Vote today, post a comment or Tweet my way! Duke’s vs. Hellmann’s!

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2 responses to “Mayo Controversy: Duke’s vs. Hellmann’s (Miracle Whip Need Not Apply)

  1. Sabrina

    I tried Duke’s in my potato salad and it was not as good as the Hellmans. I prefer Hellmans over Dukes.

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