National Mayonnaise Day

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Get your sandwiches, spoons, and profound appreciation for that creamy spread that enhances almost everything it touches, because it's time for a little celebration! Introducing National Mayonnaise Day - A day dedicated to the humble condiment that we've all known, loved, and layered on our sandwiches since, well, we've started eating sandwiches.

When is Mayonnaise Day?

It's national mayonnaise day on the 5th May.

Bring out the Mayo, It's Party Time!

Celebrated with most fervor on the 5th of May 2015, National Mayonnaise Day dipped its way into social media and won hearts aplenty! With a towering total of 10 online mentions, it was clear that this magic condiment has more fans than one could spread mayo on a super-giant sub. But why all the fuss, you might ask? Let's get to the root of this creamy delight.

Mayonn-azing History Fact!

A lot of National Days are about celebrations, birthdays, and things we love, but National Mayonnaise Day is an interesting blend. For starters, it's not a 'Day' because it celebrates the birth of someone famous, or marks a day in history when a great mayo revolution happened. It's just the day when fans decided to pick up their spoons and toast to this undeniably delectable concoction. The best part? It's celebrated differently across the world, in jars big and small, with a diversity of cuisines, bringing an interesting tangy twist.

Subtle Yet Significant

The real charm of mayonnaise lies in its simplicity. It's the yin to the culinary world's yang, bringing balance to the richest of flavors. This might just be the reason why we all love dolloping it on pretty much anything. From a simple sandwich or hearty burger to a refined potato salad or a tangy coleslaw, mayo makes everything just a bit more sublime. So here's to the creamy, dreamy substance we all know and love!

History behind the term 'Mayonnaise'


From Mahonnaise to Mayonnaise

The term 'mayonnaise' originates from the town of Mahón (also known as Maó) in Menorca, a Spanish island in the Mediterranean. During the French invasion of Menorca in 1756, the French soldiers were introduced to a sauce made with eggs and olive oil, which was a local delicacy. The French called it 'Mahonnaise', referring to the place of origin.


The Evolution of Mahonnaise

Over time, the pronunciation of 'Mahonnaise' transformed into 'mayonnaise' in French. The sauce gained popularity in France and began to be recognized as 'mayonnaise'. It became an essential ingredient in French cuisine, often served with meats, seafood, and vegetables.


Mayonnaise Spreads Across Borders

Mayonnaise made its way to the United States when a French chef named Marie-Antoine Carême immigrated to New York City. His version of the sauce gained immense popularity, and soon American chefs and home cooks started incorporating it into their recipes. Mayonnaise became a staple in American cuisine.


Commercial Mass Production

In 1912, Richard Hellmann, a German immigrant to the United States, started producing mayonnaise in large quantities and selling it commercially. He developed a recipe using high-quality ingredients and it quickly became a consumer favorite. Hellmann's Mayonnaise brand became hugely successful and is still widely known today.


Mayonnaise Goes Global

With the rise of industrial food production, mayonnaise spread across the globe and became a popular condiment in various cuisines. It found its way into sandwiches, salads, dressings, and dips worldwide. Each culture added its unique twist to the classic recipe, adapting it to their traditional flavors and ingredients.

Did you know?

Did you know that 'mayonnaise' is said to have been originally known as 'Bayonnaise', after the city Bayonne, known for its excellent food?! Talk about dressing up the history!


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First identified

5th May 2015

Most mentioned on

5th May 2015

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