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May 15, 2009 12:06 AM

duke's mayo -- i think i'm a convert

finishing up my hellman's, and then opening the fresh jar of duke's, i noticed the stark difference in the saltiness of the hellman's -- and a certain "sharpness" that seems to come from citric acid. the duke's is more straightforward, and "neutral" in flavor (and no sugar added). i loved it with my tuna this morning.

i've been using hellman's for years, but i just may be a convert to duke's!

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  1. I found what I thought was mayonnaise heaven on a sandwich purchased at a supermarket in Bawlmer... it tastes just so.... mayonnaise-y, hard to put in words. I could imagine eating it out of the glass, even though that sounds gross.

    Unfortunately, it's only sold in massive sizes for restaurant / food prep businesses.


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    1. re: linguafood

      linguafood, i know what you mean. i've had some restaurant mayo (served in the little cup, most assuredly plopped into said cup from a monster-size jar in the kitchen) that was quite good.

    2. I've always loved Duke's, but it's getting harder and harder to find here and this is the deep South! When I find it, I buy 2 jars. Have to live with Hellman's in the meantime, but love that too.

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      1. re: bayoucook

        I have to admit it is good and better than hellmans but I usually can't find it. So compared to hellmans, even the Publix brand is descent and similar to hellmans. But dukes, yes I have had it and it is good. I do admit that.

        1. re: kchurchill5

          I saw it at Albertson's the other day (in Palm Beach county).

          1. re: OysterHo

            It's also avail at Publix in PBC.

      2. Alkapal, I join you in the celebration of this epiphanal moment of your conversion. Would that all mayo lovers would take the taste test.

        The Big D is not sold in my area (they sadly restrict distribution to the SE quadrant of the US), but I have a regular pulse of care packages with four quarts from friends back home.

        Downtimes of Duke Depletion are bridged with the Silver Medal product of Hellmans, as I await the next shipment of the Gold Medal winner Dukes.

        1. So often when I read about a product like this, I'm excited to give it a try--only to find it's not available in my neck of the woods. The entire northeast is lopped off of the US like a bad appendage on the store finder for Duke's! So sad.

          But while I was googling to see what I was missing, I found these catchy jingles. I dig the jazzy one--"Duke's Mayonnaise is the hook--the secret to great southern cooks!"

          Note the recipe section on their home page, too.

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          1. re: kattyeyes

            Go to the Duke's mayo website and click on "Shop Online" at the upper right; you can buy the stuff remotely!

            1. re: jmckee

              I may just have to do this. I will be the only kid on my block to have such a thing and I do love mayo. Thank you!

              1. re: kattyeyes

                They even sell Duke's hats, polo shirts, and such for the truly dedicated.

                1. re: jmckee

                  That's hysterical. Someone will be traveling to Atlanta in a couple of weeks. I wonder what Duke's treats might make their way home for me. What a hoot!

              2. re: jmckee

                Just did that. I e-mailed them and asked if there was any place in the greater Cincinnati area that carried Dukes. They said Bigg's had it but no luck when I looked there. They sent me to Country Fresh produce in Anderson, and there it was! Smaller squeeze bottles too! It's cheaper to order it online 4 quarts for $20 including shipping. I was happy to find it locally, though, so I could make my pimiento cheese spread with it.

              3. re: kattyeyes

                Would one of you kind folks in the south please report back when you see the limited edition jar with the jingle on it? Someone who loves me travels and can pick one up for me. Thanks! :)

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  I'm off to Harris Teeter soon. I'll see if its on the shelves yet, and I'll report back.

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    KE, the jingle is on the jars on shelves now. Just beware, its not on all jars (only the larger jars have it) and the squeeze bottle doesn't have it either.

                    1. re: lynnlato

                      LL, thank you VERY, VERY much for checking! What a shame, I will have to request a larger jar (insert evil laugh here). MWAH-HA-HA-HA! :)

                      1. re: kattyeyes

                        Ha! My pleasure. Anything for a fellow 'hound.

                        Well, just so you know, I bought a tiny jar of Duke's. I've lived in the south for 14 yrs now and I have not strayed from my Hellman's. I've tried Duke's but don't remember being swayed. I'm gonna give it another try, at home this time, and judge for myself. I'll pick up some tomatoes & sourdough bread at the farmers market tomorrow. I'll let ya know how I make out! ;-)

                        1. re: lynnlato

                          you're toasting the sourdough, right? add some bacon, fellow bacon fiend!

                          1. re: alkapal

                            Hahahaha!!! Damn, you're good. I'll do it!

                2. Just like most brands it has calcium disodium EDTA added. An un-needed preservative, IMO.