Pumpkin-spiced season seems to come earlier every year. One minute, you’re sipping cocktails in the summer sun, the next, every shop on the planet is forcing Autumn down your throat. Such is our inexplicable obsession with pumpkin flavouring that it manages to infect almost every food you can think of. Even some of the world’s most beloved, distinctive ingredients aren’t safe.
Becoming the latest in a long line of strange pumpkin-spiced products, legendary mystery meat purveyors Spam have decided to produce a twist on their signature recipe. As of September 23rd, members of the public will be able to get their hands on Pumpkin Spice Spam, proving that even food with an unnaturally long shelf-life can still be seasonal.
Flavoured with an aromatic combination of clove, all-spice, cinnamon and nutmeg, the product sounds like it could be legitimately placed alongside a mashed-up Christmas ham. Even though changing the tried and tested formula might be blasphemous to some, anyone who is partial to festive meat knows that the addition of spice isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Even though the product is not yet available for public consumption, a few daring journalists have already been given the opportunity to try it. Staffers at The Daily Meal were actually fairly positive about the flavour, with one stating, “It reminds me of breakfast sausage. Honestly, it would go great with some eggs and waffles,” and another adding, “It wasn’t as bad as I expected!” High praise indeed.
Despite the general positivity from the taste testers, reaction from the rest of the internet was significantly more gloomy. One Twitterer captioned a photo of the Spam can “if god smites us we deserve it (sic.),” while another wrote simply, “This has got to stop!!!!!” Wherever you stand on Spam, this latest addition to the tinned meats aisle is certainly set to prove divisive.