Magic Mayonnaise Recipe

Jar of mayonnaise

Magic mayonnaise recipe – once pegged as marvelous Magic Mayonnaise!

Back in the 1930’s, Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk became a common staple in a housewives kitchen. One of those housewives was my Grandma. She actually made this mayonnaise herself and said she felt like she was cheating. It was too easy!

I found the recipe tucked away in my “Grandma’s Recipes” file and hoped others might enjoy it. I do believe the recipe originally came from Eagle Brand. It was printed in a booklet that came out in the 1930’s. The booklet is called:


Healthy foods with bottle

Magic Mayonnaise Recipe

1/4 cup vinegar or lemon juice
1/4 cup salad oil or melted butter
2/3 cup Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon salt
Few grains cayenne
1 teaspoon dry mustard

Place ingredients in a pint jar in the order listed. Fasten top on jar tightly and shake vigorously for two minutes. The mixture will blend perfectly.

If thicker consistency is desired, place jar in refrigerator to chill before serving.

Note: This mayonnaise my also be made by stirring ingredients together in a bowl.

Recipe makes 1-1/4 cup magic mayonnaise.

To Double the Magic Mayonnaise Recipe

The recipe may be doubled by using one whole egg in place of the egg yolk and doubling all other ingredients. This will make 2-1/2 cups magic mayonnaise.

The mayonnaise recipe given above will carry an additional cup of oil if this flavor is particularly liked. The vinegar may also be increased by up to 1/2 cup.

Women sharing magic mayonnaise recipe
Image from a 1930s publication.


“Women everywhere are amazed when they see this magic for the first time. In a few minutes, the most “difficult” salad dressing is made!”

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing