Kraft got a lot of good publicity when it switched several of its major brands from high-fructose corn syrup to sugar. Though Oreos weren't on that list, the most prominent name for me was Miracle Whip. I had been eating Miracle Whip from Canada to fulfill my needs, since the Canadian version contains sugar and not high-fructose corn syrup.
Toward the end of using the Canadian Miracle Whip, I discovered it was using glucose-fructose, which we know now is high-fructose corn syrup.
Miracle Whip made the change in the fall of 2009. Now, high-fructose corn syrup is back in Miracle Whip.
The current Miracle Whip ingredient list has both high-fructose corn syrup and sugar, an unfortunately growing trend in food products. We see now that in Canada that soft drinks are using the Canadian version of that long-hated phrase "high-fructose corn syrup and/or sugar." At least, Miracle Whip is being honest.
But now this once lauded childhood product is now back to being off-limits. In a world where good press comes from getting rid of high-fructose corn syrup, Miracle Whip has sneaked high-fructose corn syrup back into its ingredients list.
As for Ray Turner, no, it isn't your imagination. While there may be several reasons why Miracle Whip never replied, one good reason is that Miracle Whip isn't going to admit it deliberately went back to putting high-fructose corn syrup in its product.
When Miracle Whip announced its return to its original formula, we saw a major PR blitz. Where was the PR blitz to announce Miracle Whip changed back to high-fructose corn syrup?
Miracle Whip changed the formula to high-fructose corn syrup some time ago without much fanfare. Funny how you never see the front of a food product market the fact that it now contains high-fructose corn syrup.
After an eventual backlash, the company switched to sugar and made sure you knew about it. Of course, Miracle Whip went back and didn't have the guts to openly admit that decision.
Even if Miracle Whip somehow comes out and makes a switch back to sugar, consumers across the United States will find themselves looking at the ingredients list every single time we buy the product. That might appeal to food nerds, but the average consumer will just buy something else.