It’s admittedly quite rare that a vegan version of something is as good as the original. But, when it comes to vegan mayonnaise, Hellmann’s have nailed it! I will proudly say that Hellmann’s vegan mayo tastes way better than the non-vegan version.
In this review of Hellmann’s vegan mayo, I’ll describe exactly why I think this is the best vegan mayo in the UK and we’ll look at what it’s made of, the nutritional value and where you can buy it.
What’s so good about Hellmann’s vegan mayo
I’ve tried a lot of different vegan mayonnaise brands. On the whole, they taste like vegan mayonnaise, rather than mayonnaise. I’d describe this as similar to how a low-fat or low-sugar version of a product often tastes like you would expect the diet version to. Not bad, just not quite the same. Hellmann’s vegan mayo, however, is different.
Hellmann’s vegan mayonnaise tastes almost the same as Hellmann’s real mayonnaise. The main difference is that it doesn’t have that sickly, eggy smell. The vegan mayo is thick, creamy and tastes delicious. There’s nothing to not like. And other reviews I’ve found on the internet are just as glowing.
Whether you’re a vegan, have an egg allergy or are just looking to reduce your consumption of animal products, Hellmann’s vegan mayo should definitely be on your shopping list. With this mayonnaise, you won’t need to buy a separate version for any vegan or non-vegan members of your household – it’s so good that everyone will enjoy it.
I have vegan mayo with a lot of different meals. It’s my go-to dipping sauce for chips, potato wedges and pizza crusts. I also love to make vegan coleslaw by mixing some chopped carrot, cabbage, red onion and apple with a spoonful of mayo. It’s better than any shop-bought coleslaw, vegan or otherwise.
What is Hellmann’s vegan mayo made of?
The ingredients of Hellmann’s vegan mayonnaise are very similar to those of the original ‘real’ mayonnaise. The main difference is that there is no egg in the vegan version. The egg is replaced with modified maize starch and some natural flavouring which contains mustard.
Hellmann’s vegan mayo ingredients:
Rapeseed oil (72%), water, spirit vinegar, sugar, salt, modified maize starch, natural flavouring (contains mustard), lemon juice concentrate, antioxidant (calcium disodium EDTA), colour (paprika extract)
Hellmann’s real (non-vegan) mayonnaise ingredients:
Rapeseed oil (78%), water, pasteurised free range EGG & EGG Yolk (7.9%), spirit vinegar, salt, sugar, lemon juice concentrate, antioxidant (calcium disodium EDTA), flavourings, paprika extract
Is Hellmann’s vegan mayo gluten-free?
Yes. Hellmann’s vegan mayo is gluten-free and suitable for coeliacs.
Hellmann’s vegan mayonnaise has 654 calories per 100g. This is 9% lower than Hellmann’s real (non-vegan) mayonnaise which has 721 calories per 100g.
Mayonnaise tends to be very high in calories. Hellmann’s do have a ‘light’ and a ‘lighter’ than light version, but unfortunately, neither of these are suitable for vegans.
This table compares the nutritional value of Hellmann’s vegan mayo to the non-vegan equivalent:
|Hellmann’s vegan mayo (100g)||Hellmann’s real mayo (100g)|
|Calories||654 kcal||721 kcal|
|Fat||72 g||79 g|
|of which saturates||5.3 g||6.2 g|
|Carbohydrates||3.9 g||1.3 g|
|of which sugars||2.7 g||1.3 g|
|Protein||<0.5 g||1.1 g|
Where to buy Hellmann’s vegan mayo
The Hellmann’s brand is sold in the UK, Europe, the USA, Latin America, Canada, Australia, the Middle East, India and South Africa. Hellmann’s goes under the name ‘Best Foods’ in the United States west of the Rocky Mountains, East Asia, Southeast Asia, parts of Australia and New Zealand.
Best Foods vegan mayo is exactly the same as Hellmann’s vegan mayo.
Hellmann’s vegan mayo is available in the following stores:
- Aldi (sometimes)
Hellmann’s vegan mayo flavours
Hellmann’s vegan mayo is now available in four flavours – original, baconnaise, garlic and chipotle. They can be a little tricky to find in supermarkets, but luckily, you can grab a four-pack from Amazon.
If you just can’t get enough of the best vegan mayo there is, you can also buy a 2.6-litre catering tub. I won’t tell anyone if you eat it all to yourself!
Another thing that I think is a great idea is these Hellman’s vegan mayo sachets. These are great to keep in your desk drawer at work, or to take out with you when you eat out so that you can always have vegan mayo to dip your chips in wherever you go!