Blind taste tests, where you haven't a clue of what brand of something you're trying, are both fun and ultimately, informative. Whether we're trying chocolate chips, BBQ sauce, different vinegars, or yogurt, we always learn something. Today we tasted five variations of mayo, a condiment we're all familiar with and one which elicits many strong opinions. Depending upon what part of the country you hail from, chances are you've got a regional favorite. From light to full-fat and some in between, there are many different choices on the market. Of the five we tried, two were light, two were full-fat, and the final one -- the ringer -- a soy mayo.
Steve Gonzalez, our engineer, and Monty, producer, were the official tasters. They pretty much agreed across the board about the mayos. In the light category, Hellman's won hands down. The mayo was declared thick, rich, and perfect for potato salads and macaroni salads. Coming in at 35 calories and 3.5 grams of fat per tablespoon, it's not a bad choice. Smart Balance came in next but wasn't really a favorite. We all agreed that Nayonaise, an egg-free soy-based mayo, could easily be passed on. In the full-fat category, Hellman's won again, but I'm sticking with Dukes, my own personal favorite.