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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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  1. dynnamae

    I grew up eating Miracle Whip. Then later in my middle adult years, I was a home health aide and took care of a lady that only used Hellman’s mayo.
    I switched to Hellman’s and never looked back. My adult sons didn’t appreciate that change but to each their own. They taste totally different and are not interchangeable in my mind or mouth. ☺

  2. Kathy Barnes

    I use Miracle Whip if I’m making something my husband is going to eat. I personally like the taste of Hellmans the best.

  3. Laura

    I think they can generally be used interchangeably, but it DOES certainly alter the flavor. I always prefer the extra “zip” of Miracle Whip. (Sounds like a commercial, eh? lol). In a salad like this, similar to my “Seven-Layer Salad”, I think the flavor of Miracle Whip is critical.

  4. Dorothy

    I’ve been a Hellman’s girl my whole life. In my opinion, MW tastes like mayonnaise that’s gone bad. But I know people who won’t eat any mayo but love MW.
    To each his own, I guess!

  5. Sharon Hess

    Just an FYI, if your recipe calls for mayonnaise, use mayonnaise. Miracle Whip is NOT mayonnaise, it is a salad dressing, same as Blue Cheese, French, Thousand Islands, Italian. It has many added ingredients that mayo does not have. I’ve been cooking over 65 years, many of my recipes are from Amish beginnings since that’s my ancestry. None of them say 1 cup of Miracle Whip. They say 1 cup of mayonnaise. Miracle Whip came along at a later date, I like it myself but it has a sweet taste that doesn’t go with some recipes. That info came from my grandmother.

  6. Jessica

    I grew up on Miracle Whip but as an adult I only use Hellmans mayo for everything because it tastes awesome. My fridge usually has at least 2 jars because we use it on sandwiches, in dips, in salads, etc. The only exception I have is 7 layer salad. I will buy a small jar of Miracle Whip to mix with sugar for the dressing layer of this salad, but that’s it. If I’m somewhere that only offers Miracle Whip, I’ll just use mustard. 🙂

    1. Kevin

      Carolyn, this is what you can use the small jar for…and now you have me hungry for seven layer salad, Jess!

  7. Gladys Springer

    When I first got married, we used only miracle whip. Now, we use mayonnaise, which is better for you.

  8. Carolyn

    My mother also used miracle whip. I guess I really didn’t like it, because when I left home and married I bought mayonnaise. lately I have been thinking on buying a small jar of miracle whip. Maybe I am just getting a little sentimental about the good ol days. Ya think ?

    1. Kevin

      Carolyn, I think you’re right…sentimentality may have me reaching for a jar – a small one – of Miracle Whip sometime soon…

  9. Lisa Suit

    We always had Miracle Whip growing up and I never really knew there was a difference between Mayonnaise and Miracle Whip and pretty much used them interchangeably until I got married. My husband is a staunch mayonnaise lover and wouldn’t even think of eating Miracle Whip!

  10. Joe

    My mother only used Miracle Whip when I was a kid in the 1960s, and I never saw a jar of mayonnaise in the house. I think that I tasted mayonnaise for the first time in college, in the mid 1970s. Nowadays, I always have mayonnaise on hand but will purchase Miracle Whip if a recipe calls for it – or for when I am in a sentimental mood and want to taste the zip in tuna salad from my youth.


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