The Definitive Guide to SPAM Flavours: 27 Unique Varieties to Try
As a self-professed SPAM® lover, I can’t help but be fascinated by the sheer variety of SPAM® flavours that are available today. From classic to exotic, there’s a SPAM® flavour for every taste preference out there. But did you know that there’s also a day dedicated to celebrating one of the most iconic SPAM® dishes out there? I’m talking about SPAM® Musubi Day, which is celebrated every year on August 8th, which is today!
For those who may not be familiar, SPAM® Musubi is a popular Hawaiian snack that combines SPAM® Classic, rice, and nori (dried seaweed) to create a delicious and easy-to-make treat. It’s a perfect on-the-go snack or lunch, and it’s a great way to enjoy the unique SPAM® flavour in a new and creative way. SPAM® Musubi has become a beloved snack around the world, and it’s no wonder that it has its own dedicated day of celebration.
In this post, I’ll be exploring some of the most popular SPAM® flavours and sharing my thoughts on each one. From Hickory Smoke to Pumpkin Spice, there’s a SPAM® flavour for every taste preference out there. Whether you’re a SPAM® enthusiast or just curious about this beloved canned meat, get ready to discover a whole new world of flavour and celebration!
SPAM® Classic: The original and classic SPAM® flavour is made with spiced ham and pork, blended with a unique mix of seasonings to create a delicious, salty, and savory taste. This versatile canned meat is perfect for adding to breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipes, such as sandwiches, salads, casseroles and more.
SPAM® 25% Less Sodium: This variation of the original SPAM® flavour is made with the same high-quality meat and seasonings, but with 25% less sodium. This means that it has a slightly less salty taste, making it a healthier option for those watching their sodium intake.
SPAM® Lite: For those who are watching their calories, SPAM® Lite is a great option. It has the same great taste as the original SPAM® Classic flavour, but with fewer calories and less fat, 33% less calories, 50% less fat, and 25% less sodium to be precise.
SPAM® with Real HORMEL® Bacon: If you love the taste of bacon, you’ll love this SPAM® flavour. It’s made with the same great blend of ham and pork as the original, but with added smoky bacon flavour. The result is a savory and delicious canned meat that’s perfect for breakfast or adding to your favourite sandwich, grab this if you want to get the best of both meats.
SPAM® BBQ: For those who love the taste of barbecue, SPAM® BBQ is the perfect flavour. It has a sweet and tangy taste with a hint of smokiness, making it the perfect addition to your next cookout or grill session.
SPAM® Black Pepper: This variation of the classic SPAM® flavour has a slightly spicy and peppery taste, thanks to the addition of black pepper. It’s a great option for those who want a little extra kick in their canned meat.
SPAM® Boricua: Inspired by Puerto Rican cuisine, this SPAM® flavour is blended with cheese sauce and pimento then seasoned sofrito, a mix of herbs and spices including oregano, garlic, and onion. The result is a slightly spicy, savory and flavourful canned meat that’s perfect for adding to your favourite Puerto Rican recipes.
SPAM® with Cheese: If you’re a fan of cheese, you’ll love this SPAM® flavour. It has the same great taste as the original, but with the addition of cheese for a slightly salty, mildly creamy and cheesy flavour.
SPAM® with Chorizo: For a spicy and flavourful twist on the classic SPAM® flavour, try SPAM® Chorizo. Inspired by the spicy and savory flavours of traditional Mexican chorizo sausage it is definitely a perfect ingredient to add in dishes like eggs, rice or even wrap them on a taco.
SPAM® Garlic: For a garlicky twist on the classic SPAM® flavour, try SPAM® Garlic. It has the same great taste as the original, but it is infused with garlic to create a new and unique taste experience.
SPAM® Hickory Smoke: This variation of the original SPAM® flavour has a smoky taste thanks to the addition of hickory smoke. It’s perfect for those who love the taste of smoked meat and is a great option for adding to all sorts of recipes, from breakfast to dinner.
SPAM® Hot and Spicy: This SPAM® flavour is perfect for those who love a little heat in their food. It has a spicy kick that’s not too overwhelming, but still adds a nice amount of flavour to any dish.
SPAM® Jalapeño: For those who love the taste of jalapenos, SPAM® Jalapeno is a great option. This Mexican-inspired SPAM® product has a slightly spicy and tangy taste that’s perfect for adding to Tex-Mex dishes like tacos, enchiladas, and burritos.
SPAM® Portuguese Sausage: This SPAM® flavour is inspired by the delicious taste of Portuguese sausage. It has a slightly smoky and spicy taste and is perfect for adding to Portuguese-inspired dishes like linguica and rice.
SPAM® Teriyaki: For a sweet and savory taste, try SPAM® Teriyaki. This SPAM® flavour is flavoured with the delicious taste of teriyaki sauce, and is perfect for adding to stir-fries, rice bowls, and other Asian-inspired dishes. A SPAM® Musubi dish can’t be called authentic if you don’t use this.
SPAM® with Tocino Seasoning: This SPAM® flavour is inspired by the delicious taste of Filipino tocino. It has a sweet and salty taste and is perfect for breakfast with sinangag and sunny side up eggs. If Hawaii is the biggest consumer of SPAM® products, most probably the Philippines comes to a next second. As a Filipino this is quite close to my heart and a visit in Hawaii will not be complete without grabbing this at the local supermarkets.
SPAM® Oven Roasted Turkey: This variation of the original SPAM® flavour is made with 100% white, lean turkey instead of pork and ham. It has a slightly lighter taste and is perfect for those who prefer a leaner meat option.
The Limited/Collectors Editions
SPAM® Kimchi: A cross cultural special edition, this SPAM® flavour is inspired by Korean cuisine and is flavoured with the spicy and tangy taste of kimchi. It’s a great option for adding to stir-fries, fried rice, and other Korean-inspired dishes.
SPAM® 25% Less Soduim Hawaii Collection: A collectors limited edition that is similar to SPAM® 25% Less Sodium, with a hula doll on both sides of the can and a photo of three SPAM® Musubi in Kailua, Hawaii. It’s the perfect item to kick off your collection, as it encapsulates the true Hawaiian essence of the SPAM® Brand.
SPAM® Figgy Pudding: This limited-edition holiday flavour has a sweet and spiced fig taste, blended with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and clove it’s the perfect SPAM® product for the winter season. It’s a unique and delicious canned meat that’s perfect for adding to your holiday recipes! Now, bring us some figgy pudding.
SPAM® Golden Honey Grail: This SPAM® flavour was released as a collector’s edition can to the first 100 fans in line when the box office opens for the SPAMALOT™ Musical ripped off from the Motion Picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail on December 6th, 2004. The can features SPAMALOT™ Musical graphics and characters from the musical, as well as instructions in “Spamalot-ese” on how to “cooketh” SPAM® products. It was then sold in limited quantities in February 2005 at select New York City retailers and the Shubert Theatre so good luck finding one.
SPAM® Pumpkin Spice: This limited-edition SPAM® flavour released on the first day of autumn of 23 September 2019 and was sold out in less than seven hours. A SPAM® variety that is perfect for the fall season, flavoured with the sweet and spicy taste of pumpkin spice and is a unique and delicious option for adding to your holiday recipes if you can source out one.
SPAM® with Stinky French Garlic Collectors Edition: To coincide with the London opening of the Monty Python SPAMALOT™ Musical, the makers of SPAM® products in the United Kingdom launched this “collector’s edition”. Almost similar concept to the SPAM® Golden Honey Grail and you can see this from the artwork of the can, but flavours are much different. This SPAM® variety is flavoured with the strong and pungent taste of garlic, inspired by French cuisine.
SPAM® Fries: For a crispy and portable breaded SPAM® snack, try SPAM® Fries. These pre-formed SPAM® fries are perfect for on-the-go snacking and have a crispy exterior that’s perfect for dipping in your favourite sauces. As the can says it’s a “Fry Shaped Pork Fritters”
SPAM® Mezclita: This SPAM® flavoured pork and cheese spread is inspired by Puerto Rican cuisine and is made with blend of SPAM® classic, cheese and red pepper, best enjoyed between two pieces of nice crusty bread.
SPAM® Patties: These pre-formed SPAM® breaded patties are perfect for making quick and easy meals. They have the same great taste as the original SPAM® flavour and can be fried, air-fried or baked for a crispy exterior.
SPAM® Spread: Yes, you can spread a SPAM® product, this creamy and spreadable SPAM® version is perfect for adding to sandwiches, crackers, and other snacks. It has the same great taste as the original SPAM® flavour, but with a smoother pate like texture.
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