Democrat vs. Republican. Red Socks vs. Yankees. Miracle Whip vs. Mayonnaise ... These are some of the timeless rivalries that will never be resolved in America. You're either on one side and firmly against the other, or on the fence and hated by both. When it comes to creamy condiments, my family has always been on the side of the Miracle Whip, which has promised better turkey sandwiches with less fat than mayonnaise for decades. Sure, it's delivered on its promise, but with 35 calories and 3 grams of fat per tablespoon, I knew it could do better. Miracle Whip Light promised all of the taste with half of the fat of the original. Would it be able to live up to my already biased expectations?
I decided that the best way to test this would be to simply spread a dollop on a piece of bread - not necessarily how most people eat it, but a way that would give me a clean taste without anything affecting or muddling it. My tongue was met with the sweet and tangy taste that Miracle Whip fans adore and mayonnaise fans abhor. The texture is just like the original as well - it's neither more gloppy nor runnier.
One serving of Miracle Whip Light (1 tablespoon) contains 20 calories, 1.5 grams of fat (2% of the recommended daily amount), no saturated fat, 135 mg sodium (6% of the RDA), and 2 grams of sugar.
While the difference in calories and fat isn't huge between it and the original, since it's identical in taste and price ($2.50 for a 24-ounce jar), I'd say it's worth buying. The biggest thing that Miracle Whip has going against it is that contains high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils. So while this still isn't necessarily a "health food", it does make a darn good turkey sandwich. So which side are you on, Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise?!