Spam reportedly jumps on the Pumpkin Spice train, announcing autumnal-flavored canned meat | USA Today

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Each year, autumn-themed food offerings seem to creep further and further into summer and the trend continues in 2019.

Halfway through August, as heat waves scorch parts of the U.S., Spam announced that it’s getting in on the seasonal flavor trend by offering pumpkin-flavored meat in a can. Spam, which is already-cooked pork with a slightly salty taste, will reportedly come in a new Pumpkin Spice flavor, which the brand jokingly teased back in 2017.

The subsidiary of Hormel posted a mock-up of the product on Facebook with the caption “Just in time for fall – SPAM® Pumpkin Spice! OK, it might not be real, but you can still put it on your holiday wishlist! Would you?”

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Reactions on social media were mixed. Facebook user Linda Rose commented on the post, writing, “Was gonna go looking for it. I have a (SPAM) addiction that goes way, way, way back.” While Facebook user Teresa Bidewell writes, “Too much pumpkin! Not everything should be pumpkin!”

USA TODAY reached out to Hormel to confirm that the Pumpkin Space Spam is real this year. The company has yet to respond to our request for comment, however, NBC News reports that Hormel will start selling a limited run of the product on Sept. 23.

You’ll be able to find it online at Walmart.com and on Spam’s website, a spokesperson for the brand told the news outlet on Wednesday.

“True to the brand’s roots, Spam Pumpkin Spice combines deliciousness with creativity, allowing the latest variety to be incorporated into a number of dishes, from on-trend brunch recipes to an easy, pick-me-up snack,” Hormel reportedly said in an emailed statement.

The Pumpkin Spice trend has been around for years and was seemingly launched by Starbucks when it introduced it’s wildly popular Pumpkin Spice Latte more than 15 years ago. Starbucks has since introduced its Pumpkin Spice Latte earlier and earlier each year.

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