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North Carolina's favorite mayonnaise

Posted July 17, 2008

The debate flared again on WRAL’s Morning News. Lynda Loveland, Valonda Calloway and Mike Maze vehemently attacked my choice for mayonnaise on a tomato sandwich saying Kraft’s Miracle Whip “is the only way to go.” This discussion triggered a rash of emails with strong opinions.

So, it is time to settle the issue once and for all – What is North Carolina’s favorite mayonnaise? Click here to vote!

We will keep the voting open through Monday. Let your friends know about our survey. Get them to vote and comment. On Tuesday we will declare a winner. We will send the results to the NC General Assembly and begin lobbying efforts to make the winner “North Carolina’s Official Mayonnaise.” Fair enough?

I have come up with six brands which will be listed in alphabetical order. Feel free to offer your comments on your personal favorite. My choice is Duke’s Mayonnaise. I grew up with Duke’s in Morganton. I think it tastes perfect as a condiment on my tomato sandwiches and tenderly tames the extra sharp cheddar of pimento cheese. What more could I ask for?

Well, Lynda Loveland reminded me that there are alternative uses for mayonnaise. She remembers seeing her mother use mayonnaise as a natural hair conditioner! I didn’t know that. Did you? Some people even use mayonnaise as a facial cream and cleanser. Have you ever removed a bumper sticker with mayonnaise? Apparently, it works pretty well. How about mayonnaise on sunburn? Some people swear by it.

Back to the question of the day: What is North Carolina’s favorite mayonnaise? Make your vote count!


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  • swilley1960 Jul 21, 2008

    As a southern girl currently residing in NorCal I can tell you I miss Dukes mayo. I agree, MW is not palatable at all.Ugh! And when I read that there was a mac and cheese recipe on the jar I almost fell outta my chair! I add mayo to my mac and cheese and my Ca born husband loves it!

  • imnotsayinimjustsayin Jul 21, 2008

    You mean there is another mayonnaise on the market besides Duke's?? There are quite a few things in this world where name brand could mean less to me, however, when it comes to Mayo, this native North Carolinian (Franklin County to be exact!!) will buy or use nothing else but Duke's. I'm a 3rd generation Duke's user. I have even converted my Texan husband to Duke's. Eating any other mayo than Duke's is just "Un-North Carolinian." Tell your super work comrades, when in North Carolina, do as the North Carolinans do... :-)

  • owlady Jul 18, 2008

    I found 2 recipes for pumpkin spice cake bars. I had to laugh because the 1st one calls for 3/4 cup of mayonnaise in the recipe. It says, "mayo is preferred". The 2nd recipe calls for 3/4 cup of Miracle Whip instead of the mayonnaise. Here is another example of how some like mayo, and some others like salad dressing. If anyone wants this recipe, I will post it. Only 4 ingredients!

  • 1Moms_View Jul 18, 2008

    Dukes is the only mayo worth eating. A mater sandwich, deviled eggs, pimento cheese...none of them taste right with any other brand.

  • prmoose Jul 18, 2008

    Burke Buddy, I live in a divided household! Mom started me out on Miracle Whip up west of you, but I graduated to Hellmann's somewhere along the trail after learning that Kraft concoction was salad dressing. Mom made mayonnaise from scratch, whipping it up in her big Sunbeam mixmaster with whole eggs and Crisco. We got to lick the beaters. There is nothing better than a mayonnaise sandwich if you are out of 'maters! My Sandhills Bride swears by Duke's mayonnaise and says it is the only kind her Mom put on the table down in Ellerbe. Life is a series of trade-offs, so we have both in the fridge. I will tell you that mayonnaise is good to take out water spots on furniture.

  • funkychicken Jul 18, 2008

    I'm one relocated yankee who makes his devilled eggs with Duke's and Mt. Olive Relish.

  • momof3inNC Jul 18, 2008

    I never knew there was any other mayo until I was a young adult! Growing up in NC, I just thought of mayonaise as 'DUKES'. Love it, will NEVER eat miracle whip...just sounds gross! lol

  • onthebeach Jul 18, 2008

    Bill, there is only ONE real mayo and it's Dukes! There are no substitutes. I don't think there's anything better than a tomato sandwich, a banana sandwich, a BLT, any kind of sandwich, pimento cheese, mac & cheese,or potato salad, tuna salad, chicken salad, or egg salad made with Dukes. The Dukes sandwich relish is great stuff, too. Heck, I even like just two slices of fresh bread with only Dukes mayo lathered all over them. UMMMMMMM GOOD!

  • thegillams Jul 18, 2008

    A native NCer, I grew up with Dukes. As someone said, Miracle Whip is a salad dressing - not mayonnaise!! But in the summer there is only one thing to put on a sliced, homegrown tomato - home-made mayo. My kids call is "orange mayonnaise", and there is nothing better. Made in the blender with oil, eggs and a variety of spices. OMG!! But on the sandwich it has to be DUKE's!

  • Citizen7265 Jul 18, 2008

    I grew up on Deep South Mayonnaise, but love Kraft Real Mayo now. Miracle Whip is NOT mayonnaise---and it is gross.

    On the subject of Winn Dixie, I really, really, really miss the Palmetto Pimento Cheese. My family laughs everytime we go to Florida because Winn Dixie is still there, and I load up on the Palmettl Pimento Cheese. Nothing else tastes just like it!




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