Thursday, September 20, 2007

Hellmann/s Taste Test

Weeks ago I was asked to do the Hellmann's Mayonnaise Taste Test between the REAL and the 1/2 The Fat variety. The package came with some bread sticks and it should really have been easy to just stick a stick in each jar and give my oh so valuable opinion. But, you know me.... I like to complicate things...

plus, I would never eat mayo that way, so....I wanted to come up with something a little more unique and I found this lovely recipe for an Asian Carrot Dip, which I think will be on the Break Fast menu for Saturday, piled onto lovely endive leaves.

My daughter and son-in-law were over for dinner and I thought it would be the perfect time to do the test. After much tasting, in large part because we couldn't remember which carrot dip we stuck our crackers into and the fact that we really couldn't taste a difference, I forced everyone to choose..... we unanimously came to a verdict.....the 1/2 the fat won! We felt the actual flavors of the carrots and Asian seasonings were a tiny bit more apparent. It could be that I didn't divide the mixture completely 50-50, but I don't think so.

My son-in-law did state that he would have to do the taste test on the egg salad sandwiches his mother makes for him to really be the judge. I guess I'll have to give her some to try it out! But in my world, it just adds credence to the fact that I've been using the 1/2 fat version for a couple of years. No one knows the difference, but the cook!

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Kalyn said...

Very interesting. Is there more sugar in the 1/2 the fat type? We don't have Hellman's here and I haven't seen that in the Best Foods brand, which is the western version of Hellmans. But the "light" mayo labeled Best Foods has a bit more sugar.

I noticed recently that Fine Cooking picked Kraft Mayo over all the ones they tested, which really surprised me.

Ruth Daniels said...

Hi Kalyn, looking at the nutritional facts on both the "Real" and "1/2" versions...there is 0 g of sugar in either product. Although in the Ingredients listed on the right...both do have sugar listed, but low down on the list.

Here's what the nutritional facts say...
Real: 100 calories
11g fat (0 transfat - 1 g saturated)
Cholesterol 5g
Sodium 80mg
Carbs 0g 0 fibre; 0 sugar
Protein 0.1g
1/2 the fat:
50 Calories
5g fat
Carbs - 1g (although both fibre & sugar say 0g
Protein 0.2g

Hope that answers your question. As to Fine Cooking's pick...I've had both and Hellmann's tastes more homemade than Kraft. I admit I do enjoy Kraft Miracle Whip on my salmon salad, but that's a different taste altogether.

Jim said...

What're your thoughts on the 80% fat free variety (green jar)? Since I never use mayo on anything but sandwiches, it's worked fine, but I imagine it doesn't work all that well for more advanced applications...

Anonymous said...

I tried the light and real mayo test,the light taste like crap and has more salt too!
Not worth the buy to me.