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If you grew up making your tuna salad with Hellman’s mayonnaise, you might be surprised to know that in other parts of the country, that crucial ingredient is impossible to find.

That’s because one of America’s most popular mayonnaise brands actually has two different names depending on where you are in the country.

One man’s Hellman’s mayo on the East Coast is another man’s Best Foods mayo on the West Coast.

The only place you can buy both is in Denver, Colorado.


History takes us back to 1905, when German immigrant Richard Hellman opened a delicatessen in New York City. His homemade mayonnaise became so popular that he ended up selling it separately.

He started with two different versions of the condiment, and to distinguish between the two he added a blue ribbon around one. The blue ribbon gives Hellman’s mayonnaise its signature look to this…