Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. I’m celebrating my 42nd. I can’t even begin to think about how much history can be made in 100 years. 42 is a lot; I’ve manage to accomplish a great many things in my time here. I’m a strong, independent woman with a good job, a home that may not be much, but it’s all mine, many friends whom I hold near and dear to my heart and a 19 year old son who is in college and working toward making his own benchmarks in life. I got to thinking, in 100 years what has Hellmann’s done to really leave its mark? The question is easy; for 100 years Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise has been making celebrations special.
Knowing that it is Hellmann’s 100th birthday celebration year, I tasked myself this summer to really pay attention to how Hellmann’s effects people’s celebrations. Summer is typically the busiest time of year for parties. Graduations, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day are typically big outdoor party days where people gather to have some fun. My birthday just happens to fall within the week of Labor Day so a party is always a sure bet. However I thought it might be fun to observe other peoples parties this year and get some insight on how other peoples friends and families let Hellmann’s help them celebrate.
Every party has at least 4 things made with Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise. Be it a dip or a side dish, Hellmann’s has its place on every celebratory table. It’s truly a staple food as old fashioned as ketchup and mustard. My first stop was my God daughters graduation party. Macaroni salad, potato salad, cucumber dip…these were among the many food items on her table made with Hellmann’s. These are the recipes that everyone has gotten passed down from their grandma or aunt. Recipes that have been in the family for 100 years, recipes that don’t use, but require only Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise.
Next stop, my girlfriends pool/Tastefully Simple Party. Tastefully Simple has been around for only a short time in comparison to Hellmann’s. When I asked my friend Tracy what she used to make the entire line of dips that we sampled that day, her brow furled and she looked at me like I had 5 heads “Hellmann’s” she said. I said, “Well, I wasn’t sure if you ever used an off brand and the Tastefully Simple Consultant laughed and answered for Tracy “Not when it comes to Mayonnaise, nothing else tastes good”. We sampled over 10 amazing dips that afternoon, and she was right, because they were all pretty darn good.
The next celebration was my big 42nd birthday party. I figured all of my guests have had my spinach dip and ranch dip, my seven layer salad and my famous creamy coleslaw all made with Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise. These recipes have been in my family for well over 50 years and the old cards that are handed down to each generation all call for Hellmann’s. This year I would surprise them with my Hellmann’s Mayonnaise Chocolate Birthday Cake by Mario Batali. All I heard was expressions of great praise from the crowd as they all came up to get a slice. It was by far the best chocolate cake I’d ever tasted, and I consider myself an expert. The cake was perfect, super moist yet firm enough to spread icing without getting little crumbles of cake mixed in. Truly a work of art and nobody I know will ever purchase a boxed chocolate mix cake again.
I attended many more parties this summer, all of them had included Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise in one form or another and all of them would have it no other way. I guess when you find something that works to perfection, why mess with it? This year to mark Hellmann’s 100th Birthday the Nation will celebrate by choosing nothing else but Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise to adorn the tables of each celebration of family and friends throughout the year. Each party serving the best recipes that have been in our families for 100 years, each made with only Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise. Happy Birthday, Hellmann’s! To learn more about Hellmann’s you can visit Twitter and like them on Facebook.
To celebrate both Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise 100th Birthday, Hellmann’s would like to give one of my lucky readers a gift card worth $300.00. Simply tell me your favorite party food that you use Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise to make.
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