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Sorry, Heinz. 'Mayochup' already exists, and it's actually called fry sauce

Idahoans never get tired of potatoes.

The J.R. Simplot Co. held its first free Fry Day at JUMP in 2017. Its giant fryer can cook 2,000 pounds of fries an hour.
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The J.R. Simplot Co. held its first free Fry Day at JUMP in 2017. Its giant fryer can cook 2,000 pounds of fries an hour.

Last week it was funeral potatoes that had the internet up in arms. This week it’s another Idaho/Utah food staple: fry sauce.

More accurately, it’s “Mayochup,” a Heinz Middle East product that’s equal parts ketchup and mayonnaise. On Wednesday, Heinz polled Twitter users to see if they’d like to see the product in the U.S. Some were on board, but others let Heinz know the idea is far from unique.

Fry sauce, usually one part ketchup to two parts mayonnaise, is popular throughout Idaho, Utah and the surrounding area. Though its exact origins aren’t clear, many trace it back to a Salt Lake City food cart and Utah-based Arctic Circle. Some like to add a little kick with spices or vinegar, but the basic recipe is simple.

Those who aren’t familiar with fry sauce weighed in on Twitter, letting Heinz know that they, too, are no strangers to the ketchup/mayo mashup.

Some likened it to burger sauce, cocktail sauce, Russian dressing and more. Many users said they’ve been mixing it themselves for years.

Others are on board. But only time will tell if Heinz reaches its threshold of 500,000 votes in favor of putting the combo on shelves in the U.S.

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