Forget brisk breezes and colorful leaves — pumpkin spice is the official precursor of autumn. And, for worse or better, Spam is joining the flavor frazzle.
Beginning September 23, aficionados of all things fall can buy limited-edition Spam Pumpkin Spice on Spam and Walmart’s online stores, a spokesman for Hormel Foods told news reporters. In this pork there is no pumpkin: It’s mixed with clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, accordant to the spokesman. What could a mystery meat that is sweet possibly align well with? Spam recommends icing waffles with it, baking it into a cornbread muffin or mixing it with a fall vegetable hash. Truthfully, waking up to a nice stack of Spam-and-waffles on a frigid autumn morning sounds kinda rad – along scrambled Spam cheese eggs, of course.
Could this sugary SPAM be the tilting point for pumpkin spice burnout? It is very unlikely—people go nuts for the flavor, and it’s steeped in neurology: Pumpkin spice and sugar are an addictive combo that the brain learns to lust, Catherin Franssen (Longwood University assistant professor of psychology) told news outlets back in 2017. Too with seasonal marketing from pumpkin spice peddlers like Starbucks, bodies and brains start to associate fall and comfort with the flavor, she explained. Thereby if you are really digging pumpkin spiced Spam, don’t be shamefaced. You’re just programmed that way.
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