Miracle Whip is made of water, high fructose corn syrup, vinegar, eggs, mustard flour, soybean oil, modified cornstarch, salt, natural flavors, potassium sorbate as a preservative, paprika, dried garlic and spice. The HFCS and corn starch are made from natural corn maize. The following ingredients make up less than 2 percent of Miracle Whip: enzyme modified egg yolk, salt, mustard flour, spice, paprika, natural flavor, potassium sorbate and dried garlic.
Miracle Whip is significantly less abundant in fat and calories than mayonnaise, making it a better health choice. This product contains 3 1/2 grams of fat and 40 calories per serving, while mayonnaise contains 10 grams of fat and 90 calories per serving. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires products to be made of a minimum of 65 percent of vegetable oil to be classified as "mayonnaise," which Miracle Whip does not have. Kraft does not release Miracle Whip's exact oil measurement, but the company does say that it is too low to meet the required amount to be classified as mayonnaise. While it shares key ingredients, Miracle Whip has a distinct sweet, spicy flavor that differs from regular mayo. This alternative was first introduced to the market during the Great Depression, when its cheaper price made it a viable option to people who couldn't afford mayo.