Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Copycat Wendy's Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Once upon a time I was fortunate enough to live next door to a Wendy’s.  I bought dinner there just about every night.  Why?  Well, I was a 20 something, it was close, it was cheap and I had a love affair going on with the honey mustard dipping sauce.  A double stack with cheese plain, a value fry and 3 honey mustard dipping sauces was dinner almost every night.  All for $2, thankyouverymuch!

I used to just dip my fries in the sauce.  Then one day it occurred to me that if I ordered the burger plain, I could dip it in the sauce too.  Oh how I love that sauce.  To date, I have never found a honey mustard dipping sauce at a fast food place that I like.  Nothing can compare.  I remember before they started charging for sauce, I would even get extra and store them in my pantry. 

You would be surprised at all the things that can be dipped into honey mustard and how many sandwiches are so much better with honey mustard.  Well, last week I made chicken nuggets for Munchkin.  She asked for some “dippin’ sauce” and quite frankly the thought of ketchup and chicken nuggets kinda makes me gag.

I remembered bookmarking a recipe for honey mustard that looked promising.  I was skeptical, but oh my, it is better than I hoped for.  That honey mustard sauce is sweet, mustardy, and perfectly delicious.  We devoured the whole first batch and made a double batch after dinner. I was hoping for a copycat of Wendy's.  It is even better than that.  I have big plans for that honey mustard sauce.  Just wait until you see what I did with it next!

Enjoy.  With love from our Kitchen Table to yours.  XOXO

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Better than Wendy’s Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
½ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Combine ingredients in a small bowl.  Whisk until well combined.  Allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator.  You may use immediately, but the flavors meld overnight and become a fantastic creation!  Serve and enjoy.

Adapted from All Recipes

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  1. My daughter adores honey mustard sauces - I will print this for her! Thanks - have a great week.

  2. I can eat honey mustard on everything! Thank you!

  3. it even looks better than Wendy's! You bet I am trying this like- TONIGHT

  4. This is the same recipe I've used to make honey mustard in the past and the boys loved it! I'll have to try your version with a little bit more honey next time and see how we like it. Thanks, chickie!

  5. No vinegar at all? I like the mayo in there, I'll have to play with this one some.

  6. Just now I tried it and wow!! everybody liked it so much... I was looking for Honey mustered sauce in Hyderabad , India, but was not able to find one... This one rocks!! my search ends and doing it at home now .... Thanks for the great recipy

  7. Tried it tonight. Absolutely delicious! Next time I will refrigerae overnight I'm sure it will be doubly good. To Chris...,the lemon juice takes the place of the vinegar. Try it first before playing with it. I am sure you will be pleased with it as is.

  8. I haven't tried this recipe yet...but like Chris was wondering about the absence of vinegar (only because I am a huge fan of vinegars in dressing!) Just as an additional bit of reference should anyone want to adjust the recipe, here are the actual ingredients to "Wendy's Deli Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce" and the link where the information was obtained:
    link: http://www.foodfacts.com/NutritionFacts/Condiments/Wendys-Deli-Honey-Mustard-Dipping-Sauce/7436
    Ingredients (29): Soybean(s) Oil, Water, Corn Syrup High Fructose, Mustard Seed, Water, Mustard Dijon (, Citric Acid, Vinegar Distilled, Salt, Spice(s) ), Sugar, Vinegar, Wine White, Tartaric Acid, Calcium Disodium EDTA To Protect Flavor, Citric Acid, Egg(s) Yolks, Paprika Extractive, Turmeric Extractives, Honey, Mustard Seed, Potassium Sorbate, Salt, Sodium Benzoate, Contains Spice(s), Turmeric, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Flavor(s) Natural

  9. Sorry...there are 2 types of Honey Mustard at Wendy's and if you are like me, I like the version that is sold with the nuggets....the ingredients for that are here rather than the version I just posted - hope it helps if you need to tweak this recipe at all!:
    Wendy's Honey Mustard Sauce For Nuggets
    Soybean(s) Oil, Honey, Vinegar Distilled, Mustard Seed, Water, Mustard Dijon (, Citric Acid, Egg(s) Yolks, Salt, Spice(s) ), Vinegar, Water, Wine White, Tartaric Acid, Paprika, Salt, Sodium Benzoate, Contains Spice(s), Sugar, Xanthan Gum, Yellow 5, Oleoresin Paprika

  10. This really needs brand names because the taste from different mayo and mustards are so extreme. You had me at Wendys because it is a VERY specific taste, and I've tried about a dozen brands from the store with no luck. Just saying "half cup mayo" is kind of unhelpful. We really need to know the exact brands to get the exact taste that you found better than Wendy's.

    1. Good point. Hellmans/Best Foods Mayo and Guldens Yellow Mustard. Dijon is Grey Poupon. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  11. I'm unable to see the recipe for the Wendy's Honey mustard, could I grab a link to it? Thank you!

    1. It is on the page above the comments here. Start at the top and scroll down below the last large image. It's is here. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.

  12. Tried this. Very, very good! I used vegan mayonnaise, and it still tasted just like the honey mustard dips I love at my favorite pizza joint.


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