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WaPo review-"Figgy pudding Spam tastes like a hot dog fruitcake. Run away."
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: November 20, 2022 03:35AM
WaPo article sent by a friend:


"I do not claim to understand the mysteries of the latest limited-release holiday flavor that canned-pork brand Spam debuted Tuesday. The company sent us a sample of its figgy-pudding-flavored product last week, ahead of its nationwide release, but the more I learned about this porcine oddity, the less I felt I comprehended.

The tins arrived wrapped in packaging that seemed, at first, to indicate that its processed-pig contents had been molded into the fluted shape of the old-school British sweet. But it soon became clear that no, in fact, it was just a standard block of Spam, merely flavored like the dessert. Still, I had more questions. What, exactly, does a figgy pudding pork product entail? According to the company, it’s the classic Spam, accented with notes of “cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cloves, along with … fig and orange flavors.”

The company claimed in a news release that the flavor — which will be available on the company’s website and at Walmart.com and Amazon — was born of a desire to reconnect diners with fond recollections of the days of Christmas yore. (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

“Figgy Pudding evokes a sense of nostalgia and warmth, taking consumers back to their favorite memories from holidays past,” the release says. But wait — unless you’re a character in a Dickens novel, it’s relatively unlikely that you grew up throwing down figgy pudding before heading out to go a-wassailing. In British baking, “pudding” can be a generic term used to describe dessert or it can refer to a genre of baked goods that are typically steamed.

Strangely, Spam acknowledges this, citing what I’m sure is the kind of reliable polling that went into midterm-elections prognosticating that found that although a vast majority of people are familiar with the idea of figgy pudding, only 17 percent of them have actually sampled it. “The brand has taken this holiday classic, and seemingly mystical dish, and placed its familiar flavors into the iconic little blue can,” it said.
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Re: WaPo review-"Figgy pudding Spam tastes like a hot dog fruitcake. Run away."
Posted by: Rolando
Date: November 20, 2022 11:09AM
Gonzo: Bring us Figgy Pudding...
Miss Piggy: PIGGY PUDDING?
Gonzo: FIGGY pudding. Its made with FIGS.....
Miss Piggy: Oh, Sorry...
Gonzo: and bacon!
Miss Piggy: WHAT!
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Re: WaPo review-"Figgy pudding Spam tastes like a hot dog fruitcake. Run away."
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: November 20, 2022 12:06PM
Re: WaPo review-"Figgy pudding Spam tastes like a hot dog fruitcake. Run away."
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 20, 2022 06:13PM
I love figs, most puddings, hot dogs, fruitcake, but have yet to try any of the low-sodium Spam (one turkey, one ham) products in my cupboard.

This seasonal flavor of Spam will not be crossing the threshold of my abode.

Figgy pudding makes me think of bread pudding with raisins cover in lemon sauce.

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Re: WaPo review-"Figgy pudding Spam tastes like a hot dog fruitcake. Run away."
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: November 21, 2022 12:40PM
I like fruitcake and can tolerate Spam, but the idea of combining those ranks up there with asparagus ice cream.



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Re: WaPo review-"Figgy pudding Spam tastes like a hot dog fruitcake. Run away."
Posted by: samintx
Date: November 21, 2022 02:48PM
Love fried SPAM. Ate lots during WWII. Few ration stamps or none. Can’t remember. Noted in Walmart Marketplace a broad display currently when I used to have to look for it.
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