You Can Thank Japan For Inventing Convenient Sliced Mayonnaise

You Can Thank Japan For Inventing Convenient Sliced Mayonnaise

If you love slathering everything from french fries, to canned tuna fish, to BLT sandwiches in mayonnaise, but don’t always have the energy to squeeze a bottle, Japan has once again come to the aid of the lazy with packages of sliced mayonnaise that are as easy to use as sliced cheese.

Created by the Japanese company Bourbon, which dabbles in seemingly everything except booze, the new mayo slices are a result of the company’s expertise in creating sliced chocolate which it previously perfected as a way to avoid accidentally shredding a slice of bread while trying to apply viscous spreads like Nutella. It’s also reminiscent of products like sliced peanut butter that were invented a few years back as a way to streamline the PB&J assembly process.

You Can Thank Japan For Inventing Convenient Sliced MayonnaiseA serving suggestion for the sliced mayo. (Photo: ITmedia)

The mayo slices aren’t exclusively mayo flavored, however. At launch Bourbon is releasing two versions: one flavored like tuna and one flavored like spicy cod roe, which is presumably similar to the chipotle mayo or spicy aioli that’s popular on this side of the Pacific. Slapping a slice of mayo on a plate of fresh pasta isn’t exactly a serving suggestion Americans might embrace, but the next time you’re making a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich in a hurry, you might actually be happy to reach for a quick slice.

You Can Thank Japan For Inventing Convenient Sliced MayonnaisePhoto: ITmedia

Potentially less stomach-churning for those outside Japan is Bourbon’s other two creations it’s releasing alongside its sliced mayo: a new and improved version of its sliced chocolate, and apple butter sheets made with white chocolate. They could potentially revolutionise s’mores as we know them if ever made available outside of Japan.

For now, there are no plans to sell these convenient condiments in other markets, but in Japan they’ll go on sale on March 2 for around $US1.80 ($3) for a four-pack of mayo slices, and around $US2.20 ($3) for a five-pack of the dessert slices.