Back in January of this year, Quartz reported that mayonnaise is the number one condiment choice in the United States. In their article, they noted, “The massive American mayo market owes a lot to the condiment’s growth from a traditional sandwich add-on to an ingredient in everything from tuna salad to spicy tuna rolls. But it’s also benefitted from theblistering rise of low-fat mayo as Americans become more health-conscious.” As WBTV News reports, there is no better example of this nation’s love for mayo than Larry Clinton of Gastonia, South Carolina.
Mr. Clinton has been a fan of Duke’s for as long as he can remember. He told WBTV he’ll put in on a, “baloney sandwich, banana sandwich, I put it onpeaches and pears and with cheese….” A quick aside – Did you know that banana and mayonnaise sandwiches are a thing? I didn’t. Maybe it’s just my Yankee upbringing. Moving on. When Mr. Clinton was at a funeral when he realized how he would like to handle his own passing. He told the station, “I said, ‘You know, I think I want to be cremated, and put in a Duke’s Mayonnaise jar.’”
Larry’s family is supportive of his decision, but do think he’s a little crazy (something he’s the first to admit). His wife, Sue Clinton, told WBTV, “We laughed about it and thought it was kind of a joke.” However, it was no joke. Teresa Clinton-Edge, Larry’s daughter, decided that she would attempt to fulfill this request. She reached out to Duke’s parent company, C.F. Sauer, but didn’t expect to hear back. C.F. Sauer did respond, and they came through big time.
C.F. Sauer sent two glass jars and some custom made labels with Larry’s name on them. When the day does come, Larry’s wish to have his cremated remains in a Duke’s Mayonnaise jar will come true. But let’s hope that isn’t for many years to come.
More info: WBTV