Miracle Whip is found across Canada and the United States and is classed as a condiment, much like ketchup or salad cream.
Sold in tubs and manufactured by Kraft Foods, it was once quite difficult to get hold of elsewhere in the world, but it is now readily available in the UK and across Europe, albeit at a higher price because of the high cost of importing it.
The condiment was first created back in the early 1930s and was marketed as a mayonnaise-like condiment or sauce, with a slightly cheaper price tag.
A mix of salad dressing, more than twenty different herbs and spices, and blended mayonnaise, Miracle Whip is a lower-calorie alternative to mayonnaise, though it’s not necessarily healthier as it contains other ingredients such as high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
It only contains around half the fat content of mayonnaise, but it also contains a higher sugar content. It also has a higher water content and contains more additives and refined ingredients, which have been linked to obesity and a host of medical issues, such as fatty liver disease.
What Can I Use if I Can’t Get Miracle Whip in the UK?
If you’re trying to following a North American recipe that calls for Miracle Whip, you have a couple of alternatives available to you.
Option 1: Use mayonnaise
Th first option is a straight-swap, substituting Miracle Whip for mayonnaise.
You can also use a mix of mayonnaise, vinegar (such as apple cider vinegar) and sugar.
Some people find that lower-fat mayonnaise makes a better substitute for Miracle Whip than full-fat varieties.
Olive oil-based mayonnaise varieties get closer to the taste than ones made from other oils.
Option 2: Make a homemade Miracle Whip alternative
You can make your own Miracle Whip at home, with a few ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen cupboards or fridge:
- Egg yolks
- Lemon juice
- Apple cider vinegar
- Corn starch
There are various recipes available online such as this one from Top Secret Recipes.
It is best to create homemade Miracle Whip with an electric mixer or, preferably, a blender.
Kim is a writer with more than a decade of experience, and a food enthusiast. When she’s not spending her time writing about her favourite dishes, you can find her in the cake aisle of her local supermarket, or making a mess in the kitchen.