The ingredients listed on the Miracle Whip label include water, soybean oil, vinegar, high fructose corn syrup and modified cornstarch. It also includes sugar, eggs, salt, natural flavor and mustard flour. Rounding out the ingredients are potassium sorbate, paprika, spice and dried garlic.
One tablespoon of Miracle Whip contains 40 calories, 30 of which are from fat. The product also contains 3.5 grams of fat, with 0.5 gram from saturated fat, 2 grams from polyunsaturated fat and 1 gram from monounsaturated fat. Miracle Whip has less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 95 milligrams of sodium and 2 carbohydrates per serving.
Miracle Whip was invented in 1933 by Charles Chapman. He used an emulsifying machine to blend mayonnaise with cheap dressings, spices and sugar. He debuted his creation at the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago. Because it was cheaper than mayonnaise, it became popular during the Great Depression.
For a food to be classified as mayonnaise, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration states that the product must contain 65 percent vegetable oil by weight, which Miracle Whip does not. Mayonnaise has a very basic recipe that includes raw egg yolks, oil, lemon juice, vinegar and other spices. Americans first started consuming mayonnaise around 1905 when Richard Hellmann introduced it to his deli and then started to mass produce it.