SPAM-flavored nuts exist

SPAM-flavored nuts. (Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company / October 4, 2013)

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When you think of Spam, a satisfying crunch isn't exactly the sensation that comes to mind. It's more of a soft, squishy bite, unless you're talking about Spam-flavored macadamia nuts.

But if you're imagining little pink nuts covered in some sort of Spam meat dust, you should be warned that there is no actual Spam in, on, or around the nuts. Yes, these Spam nuts contain no actual Spam. 

The nuts are made by the Hamakua Macadamia Nut Co. in Hawaii. According to President and Co-Owner Richard Schnitzler, the nuts get their Spam flavor from a special Hormel seasoning blend. 

"Spam has a cult following in Hawaii and so it seemed like a good idea," Schnitzler said.

The company developed the meat-free flavoring with Hormel. The nuts were tested at a show in New York about three years ago, and according to Schnitzler, the sales have been solid ever since. 

The company is in talks with a supermarket chain to bring the nuts to California, but for now, the only way to get your hands on them is to order them from the Hamakua company website, or Amazon.  

Will you go nuts for Spam nuts? Let us know in the comments below. 

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