On Thursday, Heinz conducted a poll on Twitter asking U.S. users if they would like its legendary “Mayochup” – a mix of Heinz’s ketchup and mayonnaise – to come to America. The product is already extremely popular overseas.
After more than 700,000 Americans voted “Yes,” the ketchup maker vowed to launch the product in the United States too. Mayochup is available in the Middle East and a handful of other countries.
Want #mayochup in stores? 500,000 votes for “yes” and we’ll release it to you saucy Americans.
— Heinz Ketchup (@HeinzKetchup_US) April 11, 2018
The company promotes the new sauce as a condiment that people never new they wanted. Mayochup fans think it can solve the “dual-delight dilemma” when making sandwiches, as people find it hard to mix ketchup and mayo in a sandwich.
However, not all Twiterers were thrilled about the incoming product launch. Latinos said that the sauce is nothing new in the Caribbean cuisine. Puerto Ricans claim that their people “bathe in” it as they use it on everything from French fries and yuca to tostones and mofongo.
Puerto Rico Has Its Own Version of Mayochup
In Puerto Rico, the sauce reportedly goes by the name “mayoketchup.”
And we invented it ages ago. Too late Heinz,
one user from Puerto Rico tweeted.
Many other users accused the U.S. company of trying to “appropriate” or gentrify” their beloved sauce. Heinz’s poll sparked an international debate about mayochup’s origins.
In Latin America, the sauce has different names but the same taste. In Colombia, Venezuela, and Costa Rica it is called “salsa rosada”. The sauce is used on arepas and pejibayes. In Argentina, it is called the “salsa golf.”
Most connoisseurs believe that Argentina is mayo-ketchup’s true place of origin. According to the legend, it was invented by a teen dining at the Mar del Plata Golf Club in the 1920s.
Utah too claims that it invented the sauce under the name of “Fry sauce,” an extremely popular sauce in the Beehive State.
Image Source: Heinz
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