AUSTIN — Could the annual autumn pumpkin spice madness finally be jumping the shark … or at least a pig?

Austin's Hormel Foods decided to go whole hog with the popular fall flavor by creating a limited run of a sweet and savory new product, Spam Pumpkin Spice. Some might call it Spamkin.

While you might not actually see it on store shelves, cans of the novel product are expected to be available for online purchase starting Sept. 23 at Walmart.com and Spam.com.

Hormel is touting the seasonal product as combining "deliciousness with creativity, allowing the latest variety to be incorporated into a number of dishes, from on-trend brunch recipes to an easy, pick me-up snack."

The iconic creators of Spam offered a couple recipe examples in its announcement of the pumpkin-y meat concoction — a Pumpkin Spice Spam and fall vegetable hash or a waffles topped with Pumpkin Spice Spam.

For pumpkin spice fans who have seen their flavor run the gamut from lattés to  Twinkies and potato chips, Hormel's new addition to the spumpkin universe might be a must-have … or maybe not.

This is the latest in Hormel's long history of experimenting with its signature canned meat product.

A few of the notable variations include Pineapple Spam, Macadamia Nut Spam, Portuguese Sausage Spam, Teriyaki Spam, Chorizo Spam, Jalapeno Spam, Spam with Bacon, Hawaiian Rainbow Spam and even a Spam-flavored lip balm.

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Business Reporter

Jeff has worked at newspapers as a reporter, columnist, editor, photographer and copy editor since 1992. He started at the Post Bulletin in 1999. Kiger is the PB's business reporter and writes a daily column, "Heard on the Street."