A few years ago, Hormel changed the classic SPAM formula to include potato starch. They apparently added it to reduce the formation of aspic, the Jell-o like ooze found on the top and sides of a slab of SPAM. As a kid, I always thought that the SPAM Jell-o was the best part of opening up a fresh can of SPAM. Since then, I've been on a quest to find a replacement that included this tasty and unique feature.
For a product that contains only 5 ingredients and was invented in the 1930s, you would think my quest would have been an easy one. It was not. I've scoured shelves high and low, from my local Walmart to the dollar store, to no avail. I've popped the top on at least half a dozen different varieties trying to find a replacement, to no avail.
I was delighted to find this product sitting on the shelf at my local Walmart a few months ago. The price was right, at nearly half the price of genuine SPAM, and a comparison of the ingredients list and nutrition facts shows that, other than the potato starch, the two products are identical. I purchased 2 cans and a can of SPAM for a control. A blind taste test confirmed that they are indeed identical, from the taste down to the pink and slightly grainy texture of the meat.
In conclusion: I love you Walmart!
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