The Ugly Truth Behind Figgy Pudding

Dec. 21, 2022
And the beautiful truth behind Hormel's (real thing) Spam Figgy Pudding.

Sorry, another fake news story. Wikipedia says:

Figgy Pudding is a vague term used for a class of traditional Christmas dishes usually forming sweet and savory cakes, containing a sour-sweet creamy layer of honey, fruits and nuts. In later times, rum or other distilled alcohol became often added to enrich the fruitiness of the flavor.

Interestingly, Hormel came out with Spam Figgy Pudding just in time for these holidays. The new seasonal variety is available while supplies last at, and It features a blend of warm spices and popular seasonal ingredients and still lists pork as the first ingredient.

A Hormel-commissioned survey four 69% of consumers surveyed know what Figgy Pudding is or have heard of it, but only 17% have had it before. We’re not sure if this qualifies as a true sampling, enjoy it while it lasts.

The Spam brand also created an animation and song to reintroduce consumers to this holiday treat. “The brand has assembled all the classic holiday characters including Santa, reindeer, elves, a yeti and, of course, the holiday hog to sing, “We Wish You A Figgy Christmas.” Decked out on a stage inside of a snow globe, viewers will watch as these icons struggle to explain figgy pudding but, still, just can’t get past its delicious flavor. Click here to view.

And again, happy holidays from the makers of Food Processing Enews.

About the Author

Dave Fusaro | Editor in Chief

Dave Fusaro has served as editor in chief of Food Processing magazine since 2003. Dave has 30 years experience in food & beverage industry journalism and has won several national ASBPE writing awards for his Food Processing stories. Dave has been interviewed on CNN, quoted in national newspapers and he authored a 200-page market research report on the milk industry. Formerly an award-winning newspaper reporter who specialized in business writing, he holds a BA in journalism from Marquette University. Prior to joining Food Processing, Dave was Editor-In-Chief of Dairy Foods and was Managing Editor of Prepared Foods.

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