In Utah, people have been making a big deal about Heinz’s recent product, MayoChup. It is a simple mixture of mayonnaise and ketchup. The company tweeted that if the product receives 500,000 likes, the company will “release it to you saucy Americans.” I guess Everybody Needs to “Like” Something.
Utah’s Favorite Sauce
For some reason, Utahns have this absurd idea that they “invented” Fry Sauce. And that is what I am about to rant about with three major points.
First, an entire state cannot “invent” Fry Sauce, so stop saying Utah is the creator. Utah citizens merely popularized the condiment, because Utahns LOOOVE mayonnaise. If anything, the found of Arctic Circle, Don Carlos Edwards, would be considered the creator.
Fry Sauce by Other Names
Second, Don Carlos Edwards most likely did not “invent” Fry Sauce by mixing ketchup and mayonnaise. Mixing ketchup and mayonnaise is a common condiment throughout the world:
- In Puerto Rico—mayoketchup
- In Argentina and Chile—salsa golf
- In Belgium—cocktailsaus
- In Nashua, New Hampshire— Russian Dressing
- In France or Turkey—sauce cocktail
- In Germany—Rot Weiss
Not to point out a major detail or anything, but I am fairly certain that Argentina, Chile, Belgium, France, Turkey, and Germany have been around long before Utah even became a state. The likelihood that one of those countries used a Fry Sauce-like condiment prior to 1950 (the year Arctic Circle came into existence) seems pretty high.
Third, the only thing Don did was coin the term “Fry Sauce” as a marketing strategy; still, not Utah. Popularizing the term does not mean he “invented” the condiment. Fry Sauce has become a cultural stamp for Utah, but only for those people in and around Utah’s borders. Nobody else knows of a condiment called Fry Sauce when outside of Utah.
Fry Sauce Culture Appropriation
Many users have taken to twitter to correct Heinz on the origin of Fry Sauce. But let me point out, the phrase “release it to you saucy Americans” most likely means that the product already exists outside of the United States of America.
That did not stop Jeff Caplan, a reporter from KSL Radio (local Utah News station owned by the LDS Church) from mentioning that Utah is being culturally appropriated by the national use of Fry Sauce. Caplan states that Utahns finally know how African Americans feel about having their culture stolen. What a jackass, right? He should be removed from his position for making such an outlandish and childish remark.
I see this person the as the same as the Starbucks manager who called the police on two black men waiting for their friend. Have you, sir, ever gotten the police called on you while waiting at Starbucks? I bet not. A white- middle class man from Utah can NEVER claim to know how African Americans feel, regardless of how much he loves Fry Sauce. Give me a break.
The only part of any of this stupid argument that I will agree with is the fact that “Mayochup” is an unappetizing name. What kind of name is that? It sounds like Mayo-Chum, which would be mayonnaise mixed with a bucket of fish guts. Gross! The condiment may be a mashup of mayonnaise and ketchup, but that does not mean the name needs to be a mash up. Look at any of the somewhat unique names above (besides Puerto Rico).
In the end, Utah citizens need to quit thinking that they are the center of the universe and the sole creator of the condiment and Heinz needs to get a better marketing team.