Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil

Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil

I Paid: $4.79 for a 22-ounce squeeze bottle (prices may vary by region)

Taste: 4 stars

Marketing: 4 stars

If you like mayonnaise (a daily-use condiment for many), you’ll probably be glad to hear that there’s a new one that’s a lot healthier. Marketed with a green botanical package that aggressively suggests a natural alternative to the artery-clogging experience that is old-school mayo, Kraft’s new Mayo with Olive Oil is well positioned to make its way into the homes of skeptics who just can’t give up the sandwich-sealing, unctuously pleasing properties of the original.

Mayo with Olive Oil has half the calories of regular mayo (45 versus 90 per tablespoon), less than half the calories from fat, less than half the total fat, and 0 grams versus 1.5 grams of saturated fat. There’s a bit more sodium (95 milligrams versus 90 milligrams for regular mayo), but otherwise, in most respects Mayo with Olive Oil does actually appear to be better for you.

Taste-wise, it’s remarkable how well this “healthy” version performs. I tasted it against Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise (known as Best Foods west of the Rockies), which is similar in flavor and ingredients to Kraft’s conventional mayo product. The Hellmann’s had a touch more tart, vinegary flavor and a more profoundly eggy aftertaste; the Mayo with Olive Oil was lighter, slightly creamier, and recalled butter a bit more. It also tasted a little sweeter than its conventional cousin. That said: It’s a fine stand-in, and holds up well on sandwiches or in egg salad.

Though Kraft’s olive oil mayo has been underpromoted thus far, the company may have a real winner on its hands: a remake of the classic with all the charm but only half of the nasty morning-after regret.

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