Stokes Real Mayonnaise - Win a Foodie Trip to Greece for Two

I'll be honest I'd never tried Stokes Real Mayonnaise until the other day when I was sent some to try. In the past I've had a go at making my own mayonnaise but it didn't turn out too good and I've never bothered again.

Although the ingredients of mayonnaise are simple; just a beaten egg, add a small amount of Dijon mustard and a pinch of salt and then there's the oil. The oil has to be very slowly added whilst constantly stirring to avoid it splitting and that's where I went wrong I just don't have patience! If I want mayonnaise I want it like now, so I just buy a jar and be done with the hassle 😉

Stokes Real Mayonnaise

Up until now I always used to buy the same top brand of Real Mayonnaise and didn't think I'd ever be convinced to change but since trying Stokes Real Mayonnaise it has to be said we (me and the husband) both think it is by far the best.

So What Makes Stokes Mayonnaise Taste So Good?
Starting with the eggs, Stokes found a producer farming high Welfare Standard British Free Range hens whose eggs are perfect and can be delivered to meet their strict regime of hygiene and quality. Stokes use the whole egg in their real mayonnaise as the white contains so many essential nutrients and trace elements they decided to use it.

*Read More* for details of the Stokes Real Mayonnaise competition and how to enter!

Dijon Mustard
Stokes make their own Dijon mustard so of course they use that; and since I love Dijon mustard I'm on a mission to buy some.

After much testing of many varieties of salt, Stokes decided that only the best would do. So, they import salt from the Dead Sea which is natural, full of flavour yet without the harmful effects of sodium and this allows them to use less of it than they would if they used other salts.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The majority of the oil Stokes use is British, from British Oil Seed Rape, which paints the fields with a glorious sunshine yellow in May and June. But great though it is it wasn't enough for mayonnaise - good but not great. So they went in search of extra virgin olive oil (or EVOO). Another huge challenge because there are so many of them but after much research they found the perfect oil. 

They decided on Greek olive oil and after stumbling across a producer in Crete and after trying over 30 different EVOOs in hundreds of different ratio permutations of extra virgin to rapeseed oil. Then finally they found that adding 5% Extra Virgin Koroneiki Extra Virgin Olive Oil to the mayonnaise made it good enough and and they are proud enough to call it Stokes Real Mayonnaise - and, if you ask me, so they should be as it really does taste better than any other mayonnaise.

Koroneiki Olive Trees produce a small olive but in abundance. It creates an intense, rich green oil with a uniquely exquisite flavour. The have some of the highest polyphenol content possible, boasting powerful health benefits. Polyphenols are natural antioxidants. They're high in HDLs (so called 'good' cholesterol) and low in LDLs (the baddy of the cholesterol world).

About Stokes
Stokes are based in Suffolk and besides Real Mayonnaise they make a whole range of sauces and chutneys which are available in Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Ocado, Booths and all good independent stores, farm shops and deli's. By the way their Tomato Ketchup is excellent!

Stokes are holding a fantastic competition for a chance to win a Foodie Trip for 2 to Greece and it's so simple to enter. Check it out and to enter the competition pop over to Stokes.

Good Luck Everyone!

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Disclosure: I was sent some Stokes products to try and was compensated for my time promoting the competition.
All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to write anything positive.   

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