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

alkapal May 15, 2009 12:06 AM

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!

  1. linguafood May 15, 2009 03:07 AM

    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
      alkapal May 15, 2009 03:48 AM

      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. bayoucook May 15, 2009 03:13 AM

      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
        kchurchill5 May 15, 2009 12:08 PM

        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
          OysterHo Aug 23, 2009 06:02 PM

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

          1. re: OysterHo
            Alfred G Aug 29, 2009 09:26 PM

            It's also avail at Publix in PBC.

      2. FoodFuser May 15, 2009 04:53 AM

        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. kattyeyes May 15, 2009 05:07 AM

          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
            jmckee May 15, 2009 08:40 AM

            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
              kattyeyes May 15, 2009 12:04 PM

              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
                jmckee May 19, 2009 05:33 AM

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

                1. re: jmckee
                  kattyeyes May 19, 2009 06:18 AM

                  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
                sudiepav May 28, 2010 11:32 AM

                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
                kattyeyes Aug 30, 2009 08:06 AM

                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
                  lynnlato Aug 30, 2009 08:13 AM

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

                  1. re: kattyeyes
                    lynnlato Aug 31, 2009 11:46 AM

                    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
                      kattyeyes Aug 31, 2009 03:04 PM

                      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
                        lynnlato Aug 31, 2009 03:54 PM

                        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
                          alkapal Sep 1, 2009 03:28 AM

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

                          1. re: alkapal
                            lynnlato Sep 1, 2009 05:25 AM

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

                2. al b. darned May 16, 2009 01:03 AM

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

                  1. Boccone Dolce May 16, 2009 01:02 PM

                    I avoid mayo for the most part, but I did get a jar of Dukes the other day because I was frazzled and just grabbed the one I had the coupon for (making it a steal at $2 something compared to $4.99 for a jar of Hellman's - the stuff we usually have. Is that right- $4.99?!!?
                    Anyway, I made a sandwich and put a tiny bit under the tomato. I didn't hate it.

                    1. steakman55 May 16, 2009 01:23 PM

                      We southerners have been preaching the benefits of Duke's for years....It is wonderful. If you can't find it, go to their website and order online.

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                      1. re: steakman55
                        kchurchill5 May 16, 2009 04:02 PM

                        As I said, I wish I could find it here, it is better than hellmans. And for the Admiral. We used it in the kitchen at the restaurant. Helloo, that is awesome mayo. Really 5 gal or whatever they or not, awesome mayo. Thick great tang, to me better than both dukes and hellmans. I don't think you can by other than for restaurants.

                        1. re: kchurchill5
                          linguafood May 16, 2009 04:08 PM

                          I wonder if Duke's available at Wegmans... is it a southern thing? The mayo I mentioned is only available in vats -- it's on the sammiches at Eddie's market in Baltimore, near Johns Hopkins U. It was really outstanding -- eggy, not too sour... what can I say: perfect. And it's frustrating that it's not available for 'reglar folks'.

                        2. re: steakman55
                          bayoucook May 16, 2009 04:18 PM

                          So many of us were raised on it. I get mine at Fresh Market in Mobile and get 2-3 at a time. We love mayo, so it doesn't go to waste. It tastes like home to us.

                        3. v
                          Val May 16, 2009 04:45 PM

                          I've recently bought Duke's because it cost WAY LESS than jerky Hellman's and Kraft at the grocery store...holy cow!..who do they think they are charging $4.99 per jar??? I don't eat enough mayo to be brand loyal, that's for sure...takes us a long time to finish a jar of the stuff...BUT, in things like potato salad and tuna salad, it HAS to be mayo, not Miracle Whip or any other such binder. I like Duke's, too...though I have not done a side-by-side taste test as you have done...my reasons for liking it are more economy-related.

                          1. g
                            gfr1111 May 17, 2009 01:49 AM

                            Alkapal, you're one of the posters whose opinions I particularly respect, so when you give an opinion like this, I've got to question my own limited experience. I had never had Duke's until I came to Florida and bought it once because it was recommended by so many southerners.

                            It reminded me of the mayonnaise I made at home, which sounds good but isn't. I thought that my own homemade mayonnaise was thin and bland and not nearly as good as Hellman's. So I never bought another jar of Duke's. Now you've got me wondering. It's time for a side-by-side taste test of the two brands of mayonnaise.

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                            1. re: gfr1111
                              alkapal May 17, 2009 04:35 AM

                              gfr1111, thank you for the compliment. i must tell you that i *had* tried duke's a while back -- maybe 3 years ago -- but didn't really like it more than my dear hellman's. you'll even find older posts of mine that talk about duke's that way. but, maybe my tastes have changed, so now i think i do prefer it. i used to think it was *too* neutral in flavor, but now i appreciate that aspect compared with the sharper and saltier hellman's. so....give it another try. i think it is softer than hellman's, more voluptuous. hellman's seems to have more stiffness. <cool name for a punk band: voluptuous mayonnaise>

                              as to price, the holidays and the end and beginning of summer, hellman's is *always* on sale -- and i stock up at $2.50 per jar. last year, i got a $2 deal!!! so, watch for the memorial day grocery sales flyers. i'll bet a ham sandwich (or a grouper sub!) that hellman's will be on sale. ;-).

                              ps -- if you like boiled peanuts, TRY the winn-dixie's own brand in a can -- yes! a can!! (if you can't find some fresh ones). pretty. darn. good. and at about a buck-fifty or so, a good little boiled peanut fix.

                              1. re: alkapal
                                alkapal May 20, 2009 04:45 AM

                                gfr111, too bad that you don't have a harris-teeter down there because, as i predicted, the hellman's is on sale -- buy one get one free.

                            2. r
                              roro1831 May 17, 2009 09:04 AM

                              I became a convert about a year ago. I had never heard of Duke's and saw it discussed on the boards here. Being from New Orleans, and it being a Southern mayo, I was surprised that I had never had or seen it. Went home one weekend and found it in the store, bought a jar to take home and get a jar every return visit. My father is also a convert.

                              1. t
                                tinymango May 19, 2009 08:30 PM

                                thank god for this thread. dukes is such an institution. slather it on merita bread with a tomato from the garden and a wee bit of salt and you are in virginia, my friend.

                                i can literally eat this on bread by itself. i know im in a minority on that but oh my. dukes. what a mayo revelation.

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                                1. re: tinymango
                                  alkapal May 20, 2009 04:14 AM

                                  i love tomato sandwiches. and i'm so looking forward to good summer tomatoes, on soft white bread, with mayo, and s&p. ps, tinymango, have you seen the "tomato-in-garbage-can" growing technique created by local gardening guru, jos roozen? http://www.radiogardensense.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/tomatoinacan.8255525.pdf his 8 am show on saturday mornings is streaming on wmal.com.

                                  now is the time to revitalize my tomato sandwich thread. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/550332

                                  1. re: tinymango
                                    MMRuth May 20, 2009 05:35 AM

                                    I really like it as well. Before I discovered Duke's, I either made my own, or bought the Whole Foods house brand, which I quite liked, and didn't have sugar in it. However, once I discovered pimento cheese, I then learned from some vociferous Southern friends that it MUST be made with Duke's. So, I brought back a huge jar of the stuff in January after Christmas in North Carolina. I used it all up, and my sister in Virginia has just mailed me three jars!

                                    1. re: MMRuth
                                      FoodFuser May 20, 2009 06:37 AM


                                      We must all have a lifeline for the elixir of Dukes.

                                  2. kchurchill5 May 20, 2009 08:24 AM

                                    I just found Dukes, can't wait to have it again.

                                    1. Shrinkrap May 21, 2009 12:08 AM

                                      Amazon has it .Saucy Susan too!


                                      1. kattyeyes May 21, 2009 07:30 AM

                                        Hey, guys--is Duke's in a plastic jar (I hope!)? I'm thinking some bubble wrap and a trip in checked luggage will help it safely make its way to me in a couple of weeks.

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                                        1. re: kattyeyes
                                          MMRuth May 21, 2009 07:34 AM

                                          Yes, it is a plastic jar.

                                          1. re: MMRuth
                                            kattyeyes May 21, 2009 07:43 AM

                                            Thanks! I'm looking forward to my enhanced mayo experience. ;)

                                        2. j
                                          jwg May 21, 2009 07:36 AM

                                          whenever I travel back to Mecca in a car, that is south of the Mason Dixon, I always try to find Duke's to bring back. It's a hard choice, Duke's with home grown tomatoes and white bread or homemade pimento cheese. Yummm. Now if I could only find a resource for Cheerwine.

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                                          1. re: jwg
                                            FoodFuser May 21, 2009 11:22 AM

                                            I am guilty of the same regional roamings of nostalgia. There is a magic zone in the Carolinas where the Holy Trinity of Duke's, Cheerwine, and livermush are taken for granted.

                                            The link to Duke's mail order is posted above.

                                            Cheerwine is available here:

                                            Livermush is not available without exorbitant shipping. You've gotta make your own.

                                          2. kattyeyes Jul 16, 2009 07:52 PM

                                            alkasista! I wanted to post to tell you that I finally got my paws on a jar of Duke's and taste-tested it this week on a lovely toasted ciabatta with slices of tomato. It was early (yes, I ate it for breakfast) and this is my first week back to work, so forgive me if I'm missing any other salient points of the experience, but Duke's definitely seemed creamier...less tangy than Hellman's, which has been my mayo of choice for as long as I can recall. Duke's was VERY tasty indeed! I look forward to more taste tests--especially once our tomatoes on the deck are ready to pick.

                                            And, off-topic here, but while I'm saying, "THANK YOU," I also finally picked up my really cute heart-shaped individual silicone baking shapes at Target. You had recommended Wilton's silicone products (and directed me to TarZhay) on a separate thread. I haven't used them yet--lost my window on some egg whites I was saving to make almond cakes--but I'll need to make more gelato soon, so fancy, heart-shaped almond cakes won't be far behind that mission!

                                            It was fun to try a taste of the South! Of course, now I wish Duke's were available here in the Land of Steady Habits...where the "Yankee Expressway" is now part of my daily commute (no kidding).

                                            Oh, and re your Wonder Bread thread, I get the nostalgia angle, but wouldn't you really rather have a piece of sourdough? :) <<"Wouldn't you really rather have a Buuuuuuuuuuuick?">>
                                            <<Talk about a blast from the past--check the sticker price back in the year I graduated from high school ('86)--"with a rakish new front end," no less!!!>>

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                                            1. re: kattyeyes
                                              FoodFuser Jul 16, 2009 09:37 PM

                                              Good to hear of yet another NOMDLDMC (North of Mason-Dixon Line Duke's Mayo Convert).

                                              The integrity of the product is perhaps best evinced by the fact that they still provide a full 32 ounce quart. That's integrity, in today's "fool the customer" environment.

                                              There is a hint of oleoresin of paprika (not an "additive", but a long-established extractive of mild capsaicin).

                                              The texture is different than the Big H. It indicates a little more time in the factory extruder.

                                              And remember: Dukes outsells Hellmans throughout its targeted market area. It baffles me why they do not expand their range.

                                              1. re: kattyeyes
                                                alkapal Jul 17, 2009 03:09 AM

                                                kat-gal, thanks for the report. also, on the wilton's...don't overfill with any cake batter; just maybe 1/2 way at most -- otherwise they can bulge out of shape.

                                                1. re: alkapal
                                                  kattyeyes Jul 26, 2009 06:21 PM

                                                  alkasis, you were "with me" in the kitchen twice tonight in spirit--first with my tomato sandwiches on ciabatta with DUKE'S MAYO ON BOTH SIDES (is that WRONG?) and cinnamon basil, second with my spiffy new heart-shaped silicone cups from Wilton. It says on the packaging to use non-stick cooking spray (which I don't keep on hand), so I buttered 'em. Butter makes it better, anyway. And they are very cute little almond cakes. I had wanted to try silicone shapes for baking and these are just perfect. If I were serving them formally, I'd probably even off the tops so they'd be perfectly flat, but they're just for us and little bulging hearts are OK in this case. Their hearts runneth over, so to speak! ;)

                                                  Anyway, I couldn't be happier with Duke's, so thanks again!

                                                  1. re: kattyeyes
                                                    alkapal Jul 27, 2009 03:38 AM

                                                    katty-sis, i've gotta tell ya, after wonderbread, and maaaaaybeeeee sourdough toast, ciabatta is my favorite tomato sandwich bread. and OF COURSE mayo on both sides. what? are you crazy or something to think otherwise?!

                                                    (ps, our trader joe's ciabatta recently was actually good. it's the first time i've had a decent bread from trader joe's).

                                                    as to the little wilton hearts, aren't they adorable??? did you get side-bulging, or did you not overfill? puffy hearts i think might be cuter than flat hearts, anyway, unless you were going to do a really slicky-smooth kind of frosting/icing.

                                                    did you decorate with almond halves on top, in a design? it's a nice little detail, and gives a pretty look and crunch.

                                                    1. re: alkapal
                                                      kattyeyes Jul 27, 2009 08:16 AM

                                                      *I* thought the mayo on both sides was perfect. My "dining companion" said, "That's a lot of mayo!" What a silly comment, right--as if there is such thing as too much mayo. I thought it was just right!

                                                      No side-bulging--just the tops were puffy, but, hey, they baked--where else would the dough go, right? I think I have to embrace the idea of "their little hearts runneth over." As if they're bursting with joy or something. ;)

                                                      No further slickness, either. No glaze, just a cute little way to use up my five egg whites after making gelato yesterday. I was a cookin' fool this weekend. But if these ever make a fancy appearance, I will keep your idea in mind, because decorating with almonds is both pretty AND tasty! Meanwhile, I brought two in for a friend at work. They make a nice little "thinking of you" treat.

                                              2. Uncle Bob Jul 27, 2009 05:08 AM

                                                Long Live Da Duke's -------

                                                1. l
                                                  LadyCook61 Jul 27, 2009 08:46 AM

                                                  I've never tried Duke's , don't know if it is in my area. I like Hellman's . When I was a kid I used to eat Hellman mayonaise sandwiches.

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                                                  1. re: LadyCook61
                                                    kattyeyes Jul 27, 2009 05:25 PM

                                                    I have always liked Hellman's, too. I now LOVE Duke more. Where are you? I'm in CT and had it "imported" from Georgia for me.

                                                    1. re: kattyeyes
                                                      meatn3 Jul 27, 2009 06:18 PM

                                                      Now that you have converted, just a FYI for you next "imported" fix -

                                                      ****Costco down here sells it by the gallon container!****


                                                      1. re: meatn3
                                                        kattyeyes Jul 27, 2009 06:24 PM

                                                        Oh.my.starry-eyed surprise! What am I supposed to do, BATHE in it? Please don't encourage me. I'm like a junkie when it comes to food. ;)

                                                        1. re: kattyeyes
                                                          meatn3 Jul 27, 2009 08:01 PM

                                                          When I was in Jr. High there was a fad of using mayo as a hair conditioner...everything old comes back around! (Left me fragrant in a not so fetching way.)

                                                          But I was thinking you could have a mayo-fest. Deviled eggs, blt sandwiches, pimento cheese and then just gift the attendees with to-go containers full of Duke goodness!

                                                          Fish & mayo sounds pretty white trash..but this is a Russian recipe from Saveur which is really, really good! Supper easy, can prep ahead of time and definitely a dish which transcends the simplicity of its beginnings.


                                                          (That gallon is just calling your name now, huh?!)

                                                          1. re: meatn3
                                                            alkapal Jul 28, 2009 03:33 AM

                                                            >>>>Fish & mayo sounds pretty white trash..<<<<<

                                                            .... meatn3, i didn't realize jacques pepin was white trash, 'cause he does this, too! ;-).

                                                            1. re: alkapal
                                                              meatn3 Jul 28, 2009 09:31 AM

                                                              He's the best!

                                                              But almost every time I mention this recipe that is the reaction ...A few have even asked if it was from that "white trash" cookbook.

                                                              I used to teach a seafood cooking class designed for novices. This dish was part of the first fish lesson we would do. It is fool proof with very little chance of overcooking.

                                                              1. re: meatn3
                                                                alkapal Jul 28, 2009 07:17 PM

                                                                i always get a kick out of people who see such a recipe idea and then go, "eeeeuuuw, mayo!"

                                                                all you need to do is break it down into components to see how it would work in a dish! it was the same thing a while back with a homemade french dressing plus mayo. break down the components, and it's not strange at all.

                                                                1. re: alkapal
                                                                  meatn3 Jul 28, 2009 08:14 PM

                                                                  Exactly! It is as if it is dismissed out of hand based on the pre-made aspect without any thought regarding the ingredients. People are funny!

                                                            2. re: meatn3
                                                              Dax Aug 20, 2009 09:45 AM

                                                              Does that mean tartar sauce is WT?

                                                              1. re: Dax
                                                                meatn3 Aug 20, 2009 07:56 PM

                                                                I haven't come across anyone reacting that way to tarter sauce!
                                                                But the number of people looking askance upon hearing of the fish recipe is truly amusing.

                                                                1. re: meatn3
                                                                  alkapal Aug 21, 2009 05:12 AM

                                                                  seriously! for folks who supposedly think about food, its components, flavors and functions, there is instead -- generally -- a knee-jerk reaction against the very idea! even when one goes through the exercise of breaking down the components, and rebuilding the dish with the "logic" of their use, it is a waste of time and breath.

                                                        2. re: kattyeyes
                                                          LadyCook61 Jul 29, 2009 12:48 PM

                                                          I'm in Pennsylvania.

                                                          1. re: LadyCook61
                                                            kattyeyes Jul 29, 2009 05:14 PM

                                                            Oooh, well, check the Store Finder. Apparently, Duke's can be yours very soon!

                                                      2. macca Jul 28, 2009 10:29 AM

                                                        I was in NC n vacation two weeks ago, and I meant to buy a jar of Dukes. We had a vacation house, so we brought lots of non perishables, including a big jat of Hellmans. I wanted to get a jar of Dukes and do a blind taste test when I got home. Forgot to buy it ( though I did bring home som fabulous peaches). Now I think I may just have to go to their website and buy a jar. Keep hearing great things about it!

                                                        1. cuccubear Jul 28, 2009 01:49 PM

                                                          Well bust my buttons! - Duke’s Mayo has been my goto mayo for some time now. The IGA, two blocks down and one block over, sells it every day! It _is_ good isn’t it? Ya’ll’l have to make your way down here and stock up!

                                                          The only substitutes allowed, for a change of pace, would be Sauer’s or JFG.
                                                          I haven’t bought Kraft or Hellman’s in years.

                                                          BTW, I saw my first Duke’s Mayo commercial on the FN the other day so they may be expanding their distribution

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                                                          1. re: cuccubear
                                                            kattyeyes Jul 28, 2009 04:11 PM

                                                            <<I saw my first Duke’s Mayo commercial on the FN the other day so they may be expanding their distribution>>

                                                            Ooooooooh, let us hope so! :)

                                                          2. d
                                                            DishDelish Aug 6, 2009 03:01 PM

                                                            I need to try this mayo. I must say that mayo is one of my weaknesses. Seriously! I am the reason my hubby now eats it on his hotdogs and brats. I know they don't need the extra fat but I just love that mayonnaisey flavor. I am almost out of my hellmans too! I am going to search for this Duke's mayo! If I can't find it , I am going to buy it online. I absolutely must know if I will like it better. For years now I have thought Best Foods / Hellmans was the best.

                                                            1. MsDiPesto Aug 15, 2009 10:41 PM

                                                              Those of you in the North can get similar taste in Cain's.

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                                                                DishDelish Aug 15, 2009 11:07 PM

                                                                I haven't seen that one.

                                                                1. re: MsDiPesto
                                                                  kattyeyes Aug 16, 2009 07:32 AM

                                                                  You think? I don't remember liking Cain's, but it's been too many years. It's so sad, I've become a mayo addict. ;)

                                                                  1. re: MsDiPesto
                                                                    macca Aug 16, 2009 08:26 AM

                                                                    Wow- that makes me rethink the whole thing. The only mayo I buy is Hellmans- don't care for Cains. If Dukes is like Cains, no need for me to even try it!! Thanks for the heads up

                                                                    1. re: macca
                                                                      kattyeyes Aug 16, 2009 08:28 AM

                                                                      I honestly don't recall ever liking Cain's--I'm not sure how it's similar to Duke's in any way. I hope others with a more recent experience can weigh in. Duke's is terrific and I'm glad to have learned of it here on Chowhound. I only wish the jar I had of it were larger!

                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                        MsDiPesto Aug 18, 2009 12:38 PM

                                                                        I thought they had the similar "tang" from the apple cider vinegar?

                                                                        1. re: MsDiPesto
                                                                          kattyeyes Aug 19, 2009 03:59 AM

                                                                          Again, it's been too long, and my memory of Cain's was not to my liking enough that I don't want to revisit it, no offense. I don't find Duke's to be tangy, more so creamy. I just love it and have been eating it with some regularity now that it's tomato season and I can make sandwiches. :)

                                                                      2. re: macca
                                                                        FoodFuser Aug 17, 2009 10:24 PM

                                                                        Not to ruffle anyone's feather, but if you dip your quill into Cain's and duke in a side by side, you will see they are VERY different.

                                                                        Cain;s ingred's:

                                                                        Duke's ingreds are substantially different in proportions, and available here:http://www.zeer.com/Food-Products/Duk...

                                                                        Going through life without having tried Duke's is like going to one's deathbed having used only iodized table salt, rather than sprinkling some fleur de sal on their 6 minute egg.

                                                                        1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                          macca Aug 18, 2009 05:00 AM

                                                                          love your post- and you have convinced me to try dukes! I wish I had picked some up when I was in nc last month. guess i will have to go on line and order some!

                                                                          1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                            kattyeyes Aug 18, 2009 05:34 AM

                                                                            I'm so glad you chimed in. I haven't had Cain's too long to voice my opinion too loudly, but I didn't think it was close to the same. Glad to "see" you, too...have been wondering where the Dough Boy was. ;)

                                                                      3. m
                                                                        mwolson Aug 19, 2009 04:11 AM

                                                                        We became Duke's converts several years ago and now stock up whenever we find a store that carries it. We're 30 minutes south of Washington, DC so you'd think it would be everywhere but not so. Harris Teeter carries it in several sizes and in picnic squeeze bottles as well.

                                                                        FoodLion/Bloom usually has the standard size jars. Bizarrely, ethnic groceries carry it far more often than either Giant or Safeway.

                                                                        Nothing as good as a summer ripe tomato, some applewood smoked bacon and Dukes on a BLT.

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                                                                        1. re: mwolson
                                                                          nomadchowwoman Aug 28, 2009 10:48 AM

                                                                          Someone introduced me to Duke's about 15 years ago. I was an instant convert and have never looked back (although when Duke's is not available, Hellman's, which I had eaten all my life, is a fine substitute). Luckily, I'm in New Orleans so Duke's is readily available.

                                                                          I love mayonnaise, and I don't apologize for it. I want it on my burgers and my po-boys and most sandwiches. I want it spiked with sriracha, mixed with sesame and soy and chili oil, or turned into aioli; I wanted it minted or lemoned or limed. I like it "refined" into a remoulade or tartar sauce, with my fish and shellfish. I had some flavored with andouille and served with crisp sweet potato fries two nights ago. It was delicious. Flavored mayonnaise--for vegetables, fried nuggets of just about anything, cold seafood, hard-cooked eggs. Mmmmm.

                                                                          Duke's may be "southern" thing, but mayonnaise is a French thing. Those folks have been serving mayonnaise or its many sauce variations with fish for ages. And, in my mind, they know a little something about good food.

                                                                          I can forgive those deprived folks for not understanding and appreciating the wonders of mayonnaise and its endless uses and variations, but I do get riled by those willing to put a derisive label on anything they don't understand.

                                                                          But maybe I should just embrace my mayonnaise-loving white trashiness!

                                                                          1. re: nomadchowwoman
                                                                            kattyeyes Aug 28, 2009 02:27 PM

                                                                            Rock on, nomadchowwoman! I like your style and you just gave me a few more variations on mayo I'd like to try. Thanks!

                                                                            1. re: nomadchowwoman
                                                                              alkapal Aug 29, 2009 06:00 AM

                                                                              nomadchowwoman, you go girl! mayo is not white-trashy; indeed, your own argument belies that concept. it's french, and we *know* all foodies are francophiles ;-)).

                                                                              you can be chairman of our mayo club!

                                                                              ps, mentioning andouille, it made me recall this fabulous sandwich my sister and i gobbled at frenchy's cajun café in gainesville, when we we're taking her daughter (fellow chowhound, "flimflam") to her first weekend of college. it was a grilled andouille link, on a french baguette with remoulade and shredded iceberg lettuce. gosh, we made pigs of ourselves! (ha - a pun!). we had our fill on day one, when we discovered it, and went right back again the next day as soon as it opened!

                                                                              1. re: alkapal
                                                                                nomadchowwoman Aug 29, 2009 09:31 AM

                                                                                We're definitely of the same ilk!

                                                                                1. re: nomadchowwoman
                                                                                  OysterHo Aug 29, 2009 08:10 PM

                                                                                  I'm thinking it's miracle whip that's trashy! Mayo, never!

                                                                              2. re: nomadchowwoman
                                                                                DishDelish Aug 29, 2009 06:40 PM

                                                                                awwww your post put a big smile on my face and made me feel all warm inside ... now I want some mayo. you should be in advertizing!

                                                                                1. re: nomadchowwoman
                                                                                  jmckee Sep 2, 2009 10:05 AM

                                                                                  You are a woman after my own heart.

                                                                                  The only certifiably trashy use of mayo, as in the book "White Trash Cooking," is a sandwich of mayo and peanuts.

                                                                                  Your post reminds me of a piece by Barbara Kafka in her magisterial cookbook, "Vegetable Love," in which she mounts a defense of people like us who like both Iceberg lettuce and mayo from a jar.

                                                                                  1. re: jmckee
                                                                                    nomadchowwoman Sep 2, 2009 01:42 PM

                                                                                    I feel like I 'm in a support group for mayonnaise lovers. That's a good feeling :)

                                                                                    1. re: nomadchowwoman
                                                                                      jmckee Sep 29, 2009 09:29 AM

                                                                                      Hello. My name is Jack. I'm a mayoholic.

                                                                                      1. re: jmckee
                                                                                        nomadchowwoman Sep 29, 2009 10:29 AM

                                                                                        Mayo. It's what's for dinner.

                                                                                        1. re: jmckee
                                                                                          lynnlato Jul 31, 2010 01:19 PM

                                                                                          "Hi Jack!!!!" :-)

                                                                                      2. re: jmckee
                                                                                        lynnlato Sep 25, 2009 10:49 AM

                                                                                        "Iceberg lettuce and mayo from a jar" - you just described one of my favorite sandwiches from childhood. Iceberg lettuce, hellmann's and squishy white bread. I still love it!

                                                                                        In further defense of iceberg lettuce, Jacques Pepin declared his love of the stuff too. I consider that the best company!

                                                                                      3. re: nomadchowwoman
                                                                                        lagatta Aug 2, 2010 05:18 PM

                                                                                        I can tell you one thing, French mayonnaise is not sweet.

                                                                                    2. s
                                                                                      smartie Aug 30, 2009 07:38 AM

                                                                                      had to get a jar today having read these posts and must agree it is better than Hellmans. Has a slightly more lemon flavour. Thanks for the recs.

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                                                                                      1. re: smartie
                                                                                        FoodFuser Aug 30, 2009 08:42 AM

                                                                                        Welcome to the Circle of Enlightenment.

                                                                                        How does the price vary betwwen Dukes, hellmans and Kraft mayos in your area?

                                                                                        1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                          smartie Aug 31, 2009 06:49 PM

                                                                                          I have never looked at Kraft but Duke's was about 50c cheaper than Hellmans at Publix. Problem is we often get 2 for 1 Hellmans at supermarkets here in south Fl, never seen them do it for Duke's but since I don't go thru THAT much mayo a year it won't matter.
                                                                                          I am going to make a curry chicken salad tomorrow night so will put Duke's into that.

                                                                                          1. re: smartie
                                                                                            alkapal Sep 1, 2009 03:33 AM

                                                                                            smartie -- is that the chicken salad with soy sauce, curry powder, mayo, celery, grapes & almonds (sometimes served in a pineapple "bowl")? i know the recipe was flying around florida a few years back. i got it from my sister, who got it from a friend at church, and so on... that is one tasty salad! i was introduced to it served on a croissant. quite fabulous.

                                                                                            did you see this thread on chicken salad? it has several ideas and links to recipes. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/632980

                                                                                            1. re: alkapal
                                                                                              smartie Sep 1, 2009 05:18 AM

                                                                                              I make it different each time but I used a curry paste to marinate and cook with the chicken (I think it's Pataks) then add mayo, raisins, coconut, mango, celery, scallions, apple, banana - depending on what I have.

                                                                                              1. re: smartie
                                                                                                alkapal Sep 1, 2009 06:51 AM

                                                                                                i like that idea of using the curry paste to cook the chicken. more flavor!

                                                                                                1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                  smartie Sep 1, 2009 07:31 PM

                                                                                                  dont use too much it can get overpowering!

                                                                                                  1. re: smartie
                                                                                                    alkapal Sep 2, 2009 03:33 AM

                                                                                                    i know patak's is very concentrated.

                                                                                                    hey smartie, i was thinking you might want to try this chicken hariyali as a "base" for your salad (when you have leftover chicken from making the grilled kabobs). here are a couple of variations on the recipe, which typically will include spinach, mint and cilantro:

                                                                                                    this dish is so delicious, and i think you'll like it.

                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                      smartie Sep 2, 2009 05:30 AM

                                                                                                      thanks alka, you're a pal (sorry!). Will try them. We are Brits so curry is part of our food heritage - difficult to find good ones in south Fl so I end up making my own fairly often.

                                                                                      2. m
                                                                                        MartinDC Sep 1, 2009 06:37 AM

                                                                                        How very strange! Just last night I was walking through the condiment aisle of my Harris Teeter here in Washington DC, and I saw squeeze bottles of Duke's mayonnaise. I stopped and puzzled over why I'd never heard about this brand before. The squeeze bottle design was identical to Hellmans. Then I moved on.

                                                                                        To my surprise, I saw this thread and found out that there is a devoted following. People do love their mayonnaise ... Hellmans, Kewpie, and now Dukes!

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                                                                                        1. re: MartinDC
                                                                                          OysterHo Sep 1, 2009 07:15 AM

                                                                                          Prior to reading this thread, I had assumed that those bottles of Dukes were cheap no-name brands of mayo and turned my nose up at them. ;)

                                                                                        2. Kajikit Sep 2, 2009 08:43 AM

                                                                                          I just tried Duke's reduced fat mayo and it's not a patch on Hellmanns... it's much oilier and less flavourful.

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                                                                                          1. re: Kajikit
                                                                                            nomadchowwoman Sep 2, 2009 09:04 AM

                                                                                            We're raving about Duke's full-fat, no-sugar deliciousness.

                                                                                          2. j
                                                                                            jwg Sep 25, 2009 09:09 AM

                                                                                            My favorite Duke's sandwich: egg salad, arugula, and chunks of tomato wrap

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                                                                                            1. re: jwg
                                                                                              Monch Sep 25, 2009 11:15 AM

                                                                                              Gotta weigh in here with my Duke's story.

                                                                                              Had heard a lot about the product here on CH. Had the opportunity to fly down to the Florida panhandle and drive back to Central Wisconsin. Wanted to stop and grocery shop, but never had the opportunity. This was a 48 hour turn around from flight out to return to Wisconsin doorstep.

                                                                                              Anyway, my dear stepdaughter (she lives with us) caught wind of the fact that I had missed my Duke's opportunity. When she and her boyfriend made the same (drive both ways) trip, she quietly brought me back my first jar as a gift.

                                                                                              Thanks, Brooke!

                                                                                              And...by the way, Duke's is fantastic.

                                                                                              1. re: Monch
                                                                                                OysterHo Sep 26, 2009 10:29 AM

                                                                                                I saw the squeeze bottle and even though I didn't need any, I bought it anyway.

                                                                                                <3 <3 Love! <3 <3

                                                                                                I ate it plain, dipping my baby carrots in it. I never do that with mayo! In fact, I usually have to mix sour cream with mayo in order to use it as a dip.

                                                                                                1. re: OysterHo
                                                                                                  BustedFlush Sep 26, 2009 11:45 AM

                                                                                                  Grew up on Hellman's, and Mama always told me it was the best.

                                                                                                  Sorry Mama, I still like Hellman's just fine, and I won't try to change your ways, but Duke's is better.

                                                                                            2. alkapal Nov 4, 2009 05:42 AM

                                                                                              harris teeter has duke's on sale this week (at least in our local stores here in arlington, virginia) BOGO.

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                                                                                              1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                roro1831 Nov 4, 2009 05:58 AM

                                                                                                Oh to be close to there. I have about 4 sandwiches worth of Dukes left. Not going home until mid December, what will I do? Mustard here i come, as Helmann's just doesn't do it for me.

                                                                                                1. re: roro1831
                                                                                                  vafarmwife Nov 8, 2009 09:21 AM

                                                                                                  Duke's is on sale this week at Food City stores in VA, TN, and KY. $1.98 a jar. Going to stock up as it is usually $2.50/jar.

                                                                                                2. re: alkapal
                                                                                                  Val Nov 8, 2009 12:53 PM

                                                                                                  LOL...Publix also has it BOGO...but I'm trying to eat LESS mayo, not more!

                                                                                                  1. re: Val
                                                                                                    alkapal Nov 9, 2009 02:35 AM

                                                                                                    i stock up on BOGO, because it lasts a good while in the pantry. plus...think of all the dips one makes over the holidays, including my beloved knorr's spinach-veg dip in a sourdough bread bowl! ;-).

                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                      Val Nov 9, 2009 05:36 AM

                                                                                                      ooh, you wicked, evil person!!!! LOL...well, it IS a good item to have on hand--we just use it so slowly. Yes, we're coming into the season of dietary debauchery, that's for sure. That spinach-veg dip is one of my all-time favorites, too.

                                                                                                      1. re: Val
                                                                                                        alkapal Nov 9, 2009 05:39 AM

                                                                                                        i could stand and eat that dip with a spoon! hmmm, i have some water chestnuts, mayo, and the mix.....now to get sour cream and green onions....heck -- i'll skip the bread bowl and eat it on club crackers! ;-)).

                                                                                                3. l
                                                                                                  lisamos Nov 8, 2009 03:51 PM

                                                                                                  I switched to Dukes a little over a year ago. In my opinion it's MUCH creamier than Kraft or Hellmans. Luckily I live in the south and don't have trouble finding it. Plus its cheaper than the other more popular name brand mayos. Welcome to the club!

                                                                                                  1. PolarBear Nov 22, 2009 07:05 AM

                                                                                                    Here's a great incentive to pick up a four pack online....


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                                                                                                    1. re: PolarBear
                                                                                                      kattyeyes Nov 22, 2009 07:17 AM

                                                                                                      That's terrific! And I need more Duke's, so your tip couldn't be more timely. Thank you, Polar Bear!

                                                                                                      P.S. I made egg salad with Duke's this week and BOY, OH BOY, was it extra delicious! I add Penzey's Sunny Paris to mine. Mmmmmmmmmm!

                                                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                                        krisalyx Jul 31, 2010 08:40 AM

                                                                                                        after martins (ie giant) bought out ukrops here in richmond they hiked the price of my beloved dukes i haven't checked target's prices for 'em i'll asume it's prety steap compaied to walmart and kroger through but i'll definally pick up a jar of it i haven't had any in AGES through

                                                                                                        1. re: krisalyx
                                                                                                          kattyeyes Jul 31, 2010 11:25 AM

                                                                                                          It's gotta be cheaper than how I get it, though--shipped in a $10 USPS box from someone who cares enough to send the very best. :) It's tomato season, ya gotta have it!!!

                                                                                                          1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                                            FoodFuser Jul 31, 2010 02:32 PM

                                                                                                            Katty, have you ever used the website to order?


                                                                                                            At 5 final bucks a quart, it's steep, but it's inline with online purchases.

                                                                                                            I frankly enjoy the alternation thru the triad of 1) the easily available Hellmans 2) homemade, and 3) the Dukes sent from Carolina friends, which as you said is a must for 'mater season..

                                                                                                            1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                              kattyeyes Jul 31, 2010 03:49 PM

                                                                                                              Hey there, no, I haven't used the website. Since packages seem to come my way (or I'm lucky enough to know someone who's taking a trip and will bring back my special cargo!), I haven't had the need...yet! But good to let folks know of this option so they can share in the love that is Duke's! And dammit, now I want a 'mater sandwich, but that's not what I had in mind for dinna...

                                                                                                              1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                                                FoodFuser Jul 31, 2010 05:15 PM

                                                                                                                I "bootlegged" Dukes for years back to Oklahoma from trips back to Carolinas. Even gained proselytes here on the prairies. (You can spot the potential proselyte by the way they hover over and savor certain mayo dishes). Demand grew.

                                                                                                                Then in later years focused on landscaping. my return trips were more laden with rocks that I hand-picked from mountain streams. It was a tough call; to replace payload space that had happily held Dukes with those metamorphic beauties was difficult, but the car chassis and suspension could only take so much.

                                                                                                                So now, as with you, friends simply ship it to me. But the landscaping is done and I don't ask them to ship me rocks.

                                                                                                            2. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                                              smartie Jul 31, 2010 06:55 PM

                                                                                                              I'm lucky it's often 2 for 1 at Publix in south Fl. I think I picked up 2 for $2.90 last time.

                                                                                                      2. g
                                                                                                        grlwhoeats Aug 1, 2010 12:30 PM

                                                                                                        I just discovered Duke's in a Redner's Warehouse Market in the Philly suburbs. I got it b/c it was on sale (cheaper than my longtime fav, Hellman's) and is still a 32 oz jar (notice Hellman's only has 30 oz now?). Anyway, I LOVE it! I made macaroni salad with it and of course slathered some on a piece of white bread and it has a much sharper taste than Hellman's. Maybe more vinegary? I don't know, but I'm glad I picked it up. And, yes, it does surprise me that I can get this in PA considering it's origins in the south. This Redner's has also started selling Mello Yello!

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                                                                                                        1. re: grlwhoeats
                                                                                                          alkapal Aug 2, 2010 02:31 AM

                                                                                                          welcome to the duke's appreciation club! duke's tastes less sweet, because it has no added sugar like hellman's.

                                                                                                          perfect for a juicy tomato sandwich -- the true test! ;-).

                                                                                                          1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                            kattyeyes Aug 2, 2010 05:01 AM

                                                                                                            You guys MADE me have a tomato sandwich on ciabatta WITH DUKE'S, of course, with my dinner last night. I just couldn't hold out anymore after all this discussion. ;) And, boy howdy, was it de-lovely and deeeeeeeelicious!

                                                                                                            1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                                              lynnlato Aug 2, 2010 08:18 AM

                                                                                                              Hey Girl, So I'm curious... it was delicious, but do you like it better than if you had used Hellmans?

                                                                                                              I go both ways. :-P Sometimes I like it with Duke's, other times I need my old, familiar faithful - Hellmans.

                                                                                                              1. re: lynnlato
                                                                                                                Babyducks Aug 2, 2010 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                I guess I've been using Best Foods/Hellmans for too long because I tried DuKes a few months ago and have since gone back to Best Foods.

                                                                                                                1. re: Babyducks
                                                                                                                  lynnlato Aug 3, 2010 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                  Yea, Duke's is definitely not a substitute for traditional mayo, IMHO, but it's yummy on certain things. I didn't like it at first, but once I opened my mind (and mouth) to it, I came to appreciate it on a summer tomato sandwich.

                                                                                                                  1. re: lynnlato
                                                                                                                    lagatta Aug 3, 2010 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                    Actually, mayonnaise without sugar IS more traditional, but alas there is hidden sugar in so many savoury foods now that it is hard to break the habit.

                                                                                                                2. re: lynnlato
                                                                                                                  kattyeyes Aug 2, 2010 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                  Oh, yeah!!! Although I should probably do a side-by-side taste test to be absolutely sure as I'm even worse than you ;P...I go three ways 'cause I love Miracle Whip for certain things (not tomato sammiches, but for dipping fried goods with sriracha or making chicken salad, potato salad, slaw, etc.). So I'll hafta get back to you, sista! Ah, the things we do in the quest for good chow!

                                                                                                                  1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                                                    alkapal Aug 2, 2010 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                    any taste tests must be done with freshly opened jars.

                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                      kattyeyes Aug 2, 2010 03:58 PM

                                                                                                                      You and lynnlato do a road trip here and it'll be done. :) How fun would that be?!

                                                                                                                      1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                                                        alkapal Aug 2, 2010 04:11 PM

                                                                                                                        a duke's convention!

                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                          smartie Aug 2, 2010 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                          I'm in!

                                                                                                                          just made a great potato salad, cubed redskin potatoes, salt and pepper, chopped scallions and Duke's added when the potatoes were just warm. Man I can't stop eating it!

                                                                                                                          1. re: smartie
                                                                                                                            kattyeyes Aug 2, 2010 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                            The more the merrrier--heck, we're opening up two jars of mayo, after all. ;)

                                                                                                                            1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                                                              alkapal Aug 2, 2010 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                              test items: straight up, on a tomato sandwich, on fries, in a hot artichoke dip, in a spinach-artichoke dip, in a spinach-artichoke-hearts of palm dip, et al., then hmm, which casserole? definitely tater salad! deviled eggs....

                                                                                                                              (we are definitely needing more than two jars).

                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                                kattyeyes Aug 2, 2010 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                We need more of our friends to join us, too. Great idea on the fries! May have to throw chicken salad in the mix, too. Now I wish we were doing it at someone else's house than mine--the ride alone with you and the crew would be more than half the fun--whatta roadtrip that'd be! :) Grab our brother cuccubear, make sure Veggo comes along, too...everyone in the Duke's fan club! WOOHOO!

                                                                                                                                1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                                                                  alkapal Aug 2, 2010 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                  you can get up your car like a "duke's-mobile" (like the oscar mayer weiner-mobile). sort of like this trailer: http://www.dukesmayo.com/images/img_dukes_mobile.jpg
                                                                                                                                  according to this, ina garten is a duke's fan, too. http://www.thriftywifey.com/2010/05/dukes-mayonnaise-gift-pack-giveaway.html we'll let ina ride shotgun, ok?

                                                                                                                                  i don't know which t-shirt to order? my default is black, but maybe i need to step out of my comfort zone and go for the yellow with the big black dot. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_sxEa8aF36sw/S-cda_X_7lI/AAAAAAAABUw/T5DOm90BSV8/s1600/DukesGiveaway.jpg

                                                                                                                                  http://www.dukesmayo.com/recipes_list... recipes to start us out on the main course dishes...

                                                                                                                                  ooh, i forgot tuna salad!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                                    kattyeyes Aug 2, 2010 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                                    I should "Like" Duke's on Facebook and see if I can get any schwag! All I wanted was the special edition jar with the groovy lyrics last year, and dammit, no one could find it for me.

                                                                                                                                    I, too, roll on the black side of life, never yellow. If you want tuna salad, we're definitely not doing this at my house. HA HA HA HA! No, I'll be a good hostess, I promise. Whatever you nice folks want!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                                                                      alkapal Aug 2, 2010 07:18 PM

                                                                                                                                      if you have designer tuna, i won't use the duke's. http://www.ajgourmetfoods.net/bonita-...
                                                                                                                                      (this stuff is awesome -- as in "i'm awed by this tuna"). someone gave me a can. i don't know if i can pony up the big bucks though -- for a little "snack" -- but then i think about its glorious texture and delicate flavor. i just have to get it out of my mind.

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                                                                                                                                        lynnlato Aug 3, 2010 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                        I was just in Tucson in May and I fell in love with AJ's! My husband, two kids and I were walking around oohing and aaahing at everything! I tasted the AJ's tuna salad and loved it - It, of course, wasn't made with this lovely tuna belly, but it was good nonetheless.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                                                                    cuccubear Aug 18, 2010 06:35 AM

                                                                                                                                    I'm here! I'm here! A little late with the RSVP! Go Dukes! Just opened a fresh jar the other day for chicken salad.

                                                                                                                                  3. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                                    smartie Aug 2, 2010 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                    on warm fresh artichoke hearts

                                                                                                                                    they laughed at me at work today - tuna salad on a bagel with lots of Duke's then a few fries with Duke's. One of my coworkers said she bets I eat mayo straight out of the jar - have to admit I have had a spoonful on occasion.

                                                                                                                            2. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                                                              lynnlato Aug 3, 2010 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                              Ha! Sign us up!

                                                                                                                              1. re: lynnlato
                                                                                                                                FoodFuser Aug 3, 2010 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                If we are to have a Dukes "taste off", it should be somewhere in the west, where mayo lovers have been bereft of the product because of corporate distribution decisions.

                                                                                                                                The Corporate Dukes should be involved.

                                                                                                                                Is it time to finally storm the Bastille and demand that they distribute westward to take on the Hellmans/Best foods?

                                                                                                                                I say assail them with email. Draw them forth to battle as to who is the best of the emulsifiers. Dare them to compete in those regions where they don't yet meet.

                                                                                                                                1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                  kattyeyes Aug 3, 2010 01:25 PM

                                                                                                                                  No, dammit, NORTH, FoodFuser! I'd be bereft without special Duke's deliveries. This meeting of the food minds is an east coast thing and you're welcome to come along, but we're not going west, young man! ;)

                                                                                                                                  1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                                                                    Monch Aug 3, 2010 02:26 PM

                                                                                                                                    +1 for NORTH.

                                                                                                                                    I will be embarrassed to ask for a four-pack for Christmas THREE years in a row.

                                                                                                                3. Kate is always hungry Jun 8, 2012 09:06 PM

                                                                                                                  I found a supply of Duke's mayonnaise at a Dollar Tree Store in Southern California. Anyone want some? I bought a jar today because I recalled this post. Can't wait to try it!

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Kate is always hungry
                                                                                                                    krisalyx Jun 8, 2012 09:45 PM

                                                                                                                    wow i'm actually VERRRRRY surprised about finding any dukes out yonder, the dukes you found they wern't the small bottles were they?, i know the dt's around here have the small bottles thorugh

                                                                                                                    1. re: krisalyx
                                                                                                                      Kate is always hungry Jun 8, 2012 10:44 PM

                                                                                                                      Yes! They have 8 ounce jars. What struck me was that I remembered a Chowhound post about Duke's from about 2 years ago. Can't wait to try it! :)

                                                                                                                      1. re: Kate is always hungry
                                                                                                                        kattyeyes Jun 9, 2012 04:20 AM

                                                                                                                        Behold the power of CH--truly doing what this site does best--so cool! Hope you love it!

                                                                                                                    2. re: Kate is always hungry
                                                                                                                      Uncle Bob Jun 9, 2012 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                      Well it's been long enough....How ya like it Kate??? ~~~ Me? In about an hour, I fully expect to have Duke's in both corners of my mouth....bread and some ripe tomato from behind the house in the middle...maybe a glass of tea!

                                                                                                                      1. re: Uncle Bob
                                                                                                                        jmcarthur8 Jun 9, 2012 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                        My tomatoes aren't ripe yet, but for lunch we had some yummy egg salad sandwiches made with, of course, Duke's.

                                                                                                                      2. re: Kate is always hungry
                                                                                                                        circustance Jun 9, 2012 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                        Holy crap! Sure enough, the Dollar Tree here (in northern Cal) has Duke's too! Been wanting to try this for a while now! People say it's better than Best Foods/Hellman's (is that possible?). Looking forward to opening one of the jars I've stacked up on.

                                                                                                                        1. re: circustance
                                                                                                                          Shrinkrap Jun 10, 2012 09:18 PM

                                                                                                                          Yipeee! Where about? I am in the north east bay. I don't see it in the flyer.

                                                                                                                          I just brought two jars from North Carolina, and accidentally left one out, opened, overnight, no AC........came SO close to using it anyway....okay, I used just a bit of it....

                                                                                                                          1. re: Shrinkrap
                                                                                                                            circustance Jun 11, 2012 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                            I'm in Rohnert Park, about 45 minutes north of the city. Still haven't used my jar(s). You obviously have. Can you give me a rough comparison of Dukes vs. other good mayos? a la Best Foods?...

                                                                                                                            1. re: circustance
                                                                                                                              Shrinkrap Jun 11, 2012 06:20 PM

                                                                                                                              Darn......they did not have it at my Dollar Tree. To be honest, I have used Hellman's/ Best Foods my entire life, love it, and I'm not sure I could tell the difference in a blind taste test.......but that hasn't stopped me from pursuing it at every opportunity!

                                                                                                                              I found this

                                                                                                                              Dukes vs Hellman's




                                                                                                                            2. re: Shrinkrap
                                                                                                                              alkapal Jun 11, 2012 04:57 PM

                                                                                                                              oh yeah, i'd use it…no prob!

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                                                                                                                          sueatmo Jun 11, 2012 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                          I tried my first container of Duke's recently, when I discovered it at my local grocer in StL. It is very, very good. I am using the reduced fat version. I prefer the taste to Hellmans. Anyone know if Duke's can be found in the PNW?

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                                                                                                                          1. re: sueatmo
                                                                                                                            circustance Jun 11, 2012 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                            That's good to hear. Reduced fat Best Foods mayo sucks.

                                                                                                                            1. re: circustance
                                                                                                                              sueatmo Jun 12, 2012 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                              I like reduced fat Hellmanns, but Duke's has a better taste. I really do like it.

                                                                                                                              Now, if you are talking fat free--no. The fat free mayos I've tried are awful.

                                                                                                                          2. alkapal Jun 11, 2012 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                            i tried the much-touted trader joe's organic mayo, and i still prefer duke's!

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                                                                                                                            1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                              randyjl Jun 11, 2012 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                              We just had a coupon for Duke's in the paper. I was debating about buying it because it's more expensive, but I can't wait to try it now.

                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                                Sue in Mt P Jun 12, 2012 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                I just had my third mater sandwich with Duke's (of course) in as many days. It's my favorite time of year.

                                                                                                                              2. JMF Jun 14, 2012 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                I got a jar of Duke's the other day to try. Exact opposite of your finding. The Hellman's is eggy and not salty or citric. The Duke's was so salty and sour from excess vinegar that after two bites of the sandwich I chucked it and the Duke's out. I wonder if it was a bad batch?

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                                                                                                                                1. re: JMF
                                                                                                                                  sueatmo Jun 14, 2012 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                                  I don't know but I noticed a difference of good flavor with the first bite of something with the Duke's on it. I like Hellmann's fine too, but Duke's tastes a bit better, and finding this out surprised me. I use the reduced fat version.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: JMF
                                                                                                                                    alkapal Jun 15, 2012 12:29 AM

                                                                                                                                    weird batch?
                                                                                                                                    maybe…. i've never had it taste vinegar-y at all.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: JMF
                                                                                                                                      BeefeaterRocks Jun 15, 2012 03:14 PM

                                                                                                                                      I bought a small jar of Duke's at the Dollar Tree today. I just did a taste test with the Duke's and Best Foods and I can't really tell the difference between the two. I also have a large jar of Hellmann's that I can't resist buying at the Grocery Outlet because of the price even though I do not like the taste. I keep hoping it will taste different each time I try it, it never does. I use it up by mixing it 1/3 to 2/3 with the Best Foods. The problem is that people who like the oily Miracle Whip like taste of Hellmann's will not like the wonderful tangy taste of Best Foods & Dukes.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: BeefeaterRocks
                                                                                                                                        sueatmo Jun 15, 2012 07:20 PM

                                                                                                                                        I like Hellmann's and I really like Duke's.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: sueatmo
                                                                                                                                          sedimental Jun 15, 2012 08:19 PM

                                                                                                                                          I finally tried Dukes and was sorely disappointed, I discovered I prefer Best Foods.

                                                                                                                                          At least Best Foods is easily available where I am...a win- win!

                                                                                                                                        2. re: BeefeaterRocks
                                                                                                                                          ferventfoodie Jun 15, 2012 08:07 PM

                                                                                                                                          Being from the East, I've never knowingly had Best mayo, but I thought it was just the
                                                                                                                                          name used to market Hellman's out west and that they were basically the same.
                                                                                                                                          I prefer Duke's but have found it considerably more expensive than Hellman's.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: BeefeaterRocks
                                                                                                                                            Shrinkrap Jun 15, 2012 09:38 PM

                                                                                                                                            "The problem is that people who like the oily Miracle Whip like taste of Hellmann's will not like the wonderful tangy taste of Best Foods & Dukes."

                                                                                                                                            Huh? I loathe Miracle Whip, and love Hellman's and Best Foods....and Dukes.

                                                                                                                                            I've been told Best Food's is Hellman's on the West coast. Grew up on Hellman's, and grew wide on Best Foods. And Duke's, when I could get it......

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Shrinkrap
                                                                                                                                              kattyeyes Jun 16, 2012 04:41 AM

                                                                                                                                              I had heard the same as you re Best Foods and Hellman's. Because I'm geeky (and because of this thread), I now understand Best Foods and Hellman's are owned by the same company, but each distinct brand still retains the original recipe.

                                                                                                                                              Here is way more information about these two mayos than any of us need. ;)

                                                                                                                                              Now, somebody please pass me a nice, ripe tomato...

                                                                                                                                              1. re: kattyeyes
                                                                                                                                                johnb Jun 16, 2012 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                I think what comes out from that discussion is that the two are either exactly the same or so close that almost nobody can actually tell them apart. At the absolute most there could be some tiny differences in the proportions of some ingredients, but the company's hedging in the wording ("some people find that....") tells me the two are in fact the same. Note that the discussion is poorly written and shows whomever wrote it is confused -- in one place it says there are different ingredients, and further down it shows the ingredient lists which are in fact identical.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: Shrinkrap
                                                                                                                                                BeefeaterRocks Jun 16, 2012 08:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                I probably got a little carried away with the Miracle Whip reference, my apologies to all you Hellmann's lovers. I can't remember the last time I had any, 1960s maybe. Although Hellmann's & Best Foods have an identical list of ingredients they absolutely do not taste the same. The Hellmann's has an off oily taste that I just don't like. As I mentioned above I did like the taste of Duke's but I forgot to mention that I prefer the texture of the Best Foods.

                                                                                                                                              3. re: BeefeaterRocks
                                                                                                                                                alkapal Jun 15, 2012 11:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                hellman's and best foods are the same company.

                                                                                                                                                miracle whip isn't mayo. it is like mayo plus sugar and mustard.

                                                                                                                                            2. alkapal Jun 16, 2012 04:32 AM

                                                                                                                                              a general query: i'm wondering if the duke's found at these dollar stores and outlets should have been duke's that were past their prime and returned to the manufacturer. wouldn't a company require that? but what can grocery stores do with the product? (is it purchased outright, or on some form of consignment from distributors?)

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                                                vttp926 Jun 16, 2012 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                I always check expiration dates before I buy anything. The jar I bought from Dollar Tree does not expire until Jan 2013. I have already opened it and it taste just like the Duke's I know and love.

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                                                                                                                                                  alkapal Jun 17, 2012 01:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                  cool. i get duke's when harris teeter has it BOGO.

                                                                                                                                                  usually around national holidays, mayo is on a good sale. ;-)). i wonder if mayo is next to ketchup in volume and frequency of use here in the u.s.

                                                                                                                                                  hey…look what i just found…… MAYO IS KING! """ What might come as an even bigger surprise, though, is that sales of mayonnaise—in both total sales and units sold—dwarfs both salsa and ketchup. """"


                                                                                                                                                  this is an interesting list of the top 25 condiments, by brand and sales. http://images.businessweek.com/ss/10/...

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                                                    johnb Jun 17, 2012 06:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Good links. I for one had never heard of Herdez salsa. Have to keep an eye out for that one. I was also surprised that Blue Plate Mayo made the list -- having been to New Orleans many times I'm sure I've had it, but never bought it myself. I'll have a taste-off between BP and Dukes one of these days.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: johnb
                                                                                                                                                      jmcarthur8 Jun 17, 2012 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Johnb, the Herdez salsa is usually with the Mexican foods...not the American/Mexican, at the supermarket.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jmcarthur8
                                                                                                                                                        alkapal Jun 17, 2012 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                        ours is with all the other the salsas here at the harris teeter in arlington, virginia.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                                                          jmcarthur8 Jun 18, 2012 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Speaking of Harris Teeter... I really like the one in Charleston SC. We will be there visiting our Navy son this weekend, and I think we'll stop there for some picnic food.
                                                                                                                                                          It's just about the prettiest grocery store I've ever been in!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jmcarthur8
                                                                                                                                                            alkapal Jun 20, 2012 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                            j, funny you mention the charleston location. that charleston store was, in fact, the very first harris teeter i ever went to…long before it arrived here in northern virginia. my nephew was graduating from the citadel (now lives in mt. pleasant). yes, it is a beautiful store, as it is so open and inviting with all the flowers and lovely produce as you come in from the wooden-floored entry area. great location, too, right as you're going into downtown, on the water (IIRC).

                                                                                                                                                            gosh, i adore charleston!

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: jmcarthur8
                                                                                                                                                          johnb Jun 18, 2012 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Wouldn't you know -- I was channel surfing last eve. and hit the Food Network just as an ad for Herdez salsa was being aired. So much for my never having heard of it!

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: alkapal
                                                                                                                                                        vttp926 Jun 17, 2012 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                        If I could even eat a jar that size when it is on sale I would buy it. But fridge space is too precious, so a tiny jar would suffice. I think the next biggest size would usually last me a couple months to unless I am on a tuna or egg salad kick.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Shrinkrap Jun 20, 2012 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Somebody apparently STOLE my Mayo!

                                                                                                                                                    I got this email;

                                                                                                                                                    Hi "shrinkrap". We wanted to let you know that we got a message from UPS that the merchandise was missing from the box your order was sent in, and they discarded it. They didn’t give us any additional information, so we do not know what happened to it. We have reshipped your order today, but of course it will probably be another 5 days to get there. You may get another email with the UPS tracking number.

                                                                                                                                                    Let me know if you have any questions.


                                                                                                                                                    Consumer Information

                                                                                                                                                    The C.F. Sauer Company

                                                                                                                                                    1-800-***-**** ext ***

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Shrinkrap
                                                                                                                                                      kattyeyes Jun 20, 2012 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Holy smokes, that's nuts! And I've mail-ordered it before--I don't recall it even SAYING "Duke's" anywhere on the box. Simply batty! It sure was nice of them (UPS & C. F. Sauer) to figure all that out and make it right, though--that's impressive. Excellent customer service AND excellent mayo--a winning combo!

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                                                                                                                                                      speakhandsforme Aug 23, 2012 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Ahh, Duke's mayo.

                                                                                                                                                      Grew up with Hellman's. Discovered Duke's when I moved away to college....from the Florida Panhandle... to Orlando. How weird is that?!

                                                                                                                                                      But now I'm a convert. Sweet mayo: kill it with fire.

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                                                                                                                                                        sisterfunkhaus Aug 23, 2012 11:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                        I found a store that carries it here in Texas and I love it. Haven't bought any other kind since.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sisterfunkhaus
                                                                                                                                                          FoodFuser Aug 25, 2012 07:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Dallas? I'd love to hear details.

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                                                                                                                                                            randyjl Aug 25, 2012 08:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                            I found Duke's in Brookshire's in Forney.

                                                                                                                                                        2. FoodFuser Aug 25, 2012 07:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                          There are times where we waft in our memories of food moments. And one such a time was a decade ago.

                                                                                                                                                          A transplanted Okie since way back 1990, I was a Carolina Boy, and danged sure did I miss my Duke's mayo.

                                                                                                                                                          A "perfect storm" occurred in 2002. I had traveled back to North Carolina for some camping that summer, and I pulled in to my old local regional grocery store.

                                                                                                                                                          I picked up the sales flyer, and there on page one was emblazoned an ad for Duke's at just $1.29. And already in hip pocket I had lots of coupons for "2 for 1".

                                                                                                                                                          Bottom line: Twenty-four quarts of the marvelous Dukes, for 65 cents apiece.

                                                                                                                                                          Such a moment will probably never happen again. That's why we have memories and noses that waft.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: FoodFuser
                                                                                                                                                            alkapal Aug 25, 2012 08:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                            now that's a deal!!!!

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