Opinion: I’ve never liked mayonnaise, but you can’t deny that there are some dishes it can enhance, and others it has absolutely no place – like in coffee
For over 100 years, Hellmann’s mayonnaise has been a cupboard staple in households across the globe.
Established in 1920, the condiment – made from oil, egg and vinegar – is now the best selling mayo in the US, and is one of the most popular brands here in the UK too.
But the well-known brand has caused a storm on Twitter, for suggesting that people put mayonnaise in their coffee.
The account wrote: “Mayo in your coffee. That’s it, that’s the tweet.”
This baffling combination caused controversy on the social media app, with people furious at the thought of spoiling their morning cuppa with a dollop of mayo.
Hellmann’s defended the move, stating that it’s simply the result of a ‘sophisticated palette’, with benefits including: “coffee in your mayo” and “mayo in your coffee”.
Now I, for one, have never been much for mayonnaise ever since that primary school science experiment which sees you make your own – but I can appreciate that mayonnaise does have a place in the cupboard.
Chicken sandwiches, tuna pasta and a big bowl of chips are all dishes where mayo is welcome.
It’s perfect for dunking pizza crusts – only in the absence of a garlic dip – and for rescuing a tasteless burger.
There are even some unusual and unexpected uses for mayonnaise, from creating the perfect non-stick grilled cheese, to moistening a chocolate cake – no, really.
Hellmann’s said: “Hellmann’s spreads better than butter right out of the fridge. For a super crisp and delicious grilled cheese sandwich every time, simply brush the outside of bread with Hellmann’s Mayonnaise and grill!
“The secret to delicious and richer cakes? Adding Hellmann’s into your baking recipes, ensures a deliciously moist bake every time.”
But I don’t find that mayo really adds anything to a dish – it more so acts as a glue to stick it all together, like coleslaw or potato salads.
It’s slimy texture and eggy flavour just doesn’t appeal to me – and thousands of other people across the country who spend their life ordering food in restaurants sans mayonnaise.
I don’t care what Hellmann’s says, mayonnaise doesn’t belong in coffee. I’m not even convinced the logistics would work, as surely it would curdle?
And there are so many other meals and beverages where mayonnaise just isn’t welcome.
Whilst egg white is a common ingredient in a number of classic cocktails, please don’t substitute it for mayonnaise and ruin a good tipple – likewise goes for beers and bottles of wine.
Containing egg, the sauce does pair well with a boiled egg butty, but pair it with eggs cooked in any other way, and it becomes an abomination. It’s a no from me for fried, poached or baked egg and mayonnaise.
Cereal and mayonnaise is a stomach churning combo, as are sweet dishes like pancakes and waffles drizzled with the eggy sauce – though that does conjure some ingenious April Fool’s pranks to bookmark.
Tuna, pasta, mayo is a classic post-gym dinner, but if you find yourself adding mayonnaise to literally any other pasta dish, you might get some concerned looks. Spaghetti bolognese was not designed for mayonnaise.
There are people who can’t eat anything other than Hellmann’s mayonnaise, though, and have dedicated decades to buying and using the product.
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On the brand’s website, 76-year-old Cleo reviewed the mayo and wrote: “I grew up on Hellmann’s. My whole family would never buy anything else. We also would skip food that didn’t have Hellmann’s when at family events.
“You can always tell if it’s Hellmann’s or not. My mother’s Potato Salad and Mac salads were to die for. She also would coat chicken breast with Hellman’s before putting in the oven. Moist and delicious. I’m 76 years old and if it’s not Hellman’s I’m not having any.”
User MerryB added: “My Mom only used Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise when my sisters and I were growing up! It’s the only Mayo I use too!
“In my household we keep at least six jars at a time so we don’t run out!”
A third reviewer admitted to eating it by the spoonful, writing: “I love Hellmann’s mayonnaise so much I can eat it by the spoonful. I use mayo on almost everything. The most recent was in a chocolate cake in a mug. I never thought I would use mayo in a sweet dessert.”