Whether we like to admit it or not, SPAM is a tasty meat that can serve as a wonderful snack, or part of a bigger meal.
But finding it in stores can be a challenge.
We’ve put together this guide to help you find Spam in grocery stores, as well as some additional tips when shopping for Spam.
Let’s get into it!
What Grocery Store Aisle Is Spam In?
SPAM can be found in the canned meats aisle of most grocery stores.
It is typically located next to the canned tuna, canned chicken breast and other canned foods that your grocery store carries.
It can be recognized by the large SPAM brand name on the front of the can, and a picture of the meat. Other types and flavors of Spam (such as the Hot & Spicy or Spam Lite kinds) may also show the spam meat within another type of food.
Spam variants are usually located next to the regular Spam in most grocery stores, so keep your eye out for that iconic blue can.
What Stores Sell Spam?
Spam is sold by most major grocery stores, and has been carried by more and more retailers since it first came to the shelves in 1937.
While most grocery stores stock the regular, original version Spam, not every grocery store sells all of the new flavors.
So, we’ve put together this list outlining what versions of Spam are available at each grocery store.
- Walmart: Classic, Lite, Reduced Sodium, With Real Hormel Bacon, Oven Roasted Turkey, Hickory Smoke Flavored, Hot & Spicy, Jalapeno
- Publix: Classic, Lite, Reduced Sodium, With Real Hormel Bacon, Oven Roasted Turkey
- Whole Foods:
- Safeway: Classic, Lite, Reduced Sodium, With Real Hormel Bacon, Oven Roasted Turkey, Hickory Smoke Flavored
- Wegmans: Classic, Lite, Reduced Sodium
- Walgreens: Classic
- Meijer: Classic, Lite, Reduced Sodium, Oven Roasted Turkey
- Target: Classic, Lite
- Costco: Classic, Reduced Sodium
- Kroger: Classic, Lite, Reduced Sodium, With Real Hormel Bacon, Oven Roasted Turkey, Hickory Smoke Flavored
What Flavor Of Spam Is Best?
It’s no doubt that the original flavor is the one that we’ve come to know and love.
However, many more flavors of Spam have been introduced since the original came to market in 1937.
The turkey kind has been cited as being less ‘intense’ than the original, while the ‘Lite’ version is considered to be a healthier alternative.
One of the great things about Spam is that it goes well with almost anything. So, look at all the options available and ask – what would compliment your meal well?
If you try a flavor and don’t end up liking it, you can always avoid it next time. Spam is quite cheap relative to other foods, meaning there isn’t a lot of risk if you decide to try something new.
Where Is Spam In Walmart?
Like most other grocery stores, you can usually find Spam in the canned meats section of Walmart.
However, because not all Walmarts follow the exact same layout, it can be difficult to locate the correct aisle.
Thankfully, Walmart has come up with a solution for this.
If you have the Walmart app, all you need to do is select your local Walmart store, then type ‘Spam’ into the search bar.
The Walmart app will pull up all of the different types of Spam available within the store.
Next to each item, you’ll be able to see the aisle that it’s located on. For example, you can see in the screenshot above that Spam is located on aisle 12 in my local Walmart. However, the exact aisle can vary from location to location.
Locating Spam inside Walmart is easy if you have the app, so download it if you haven’t already!
Frequently Asked Questions About Shopping For Spam
Before heading home from the grocery store, you may wish to review this list of frequently asked questions regarding shopping for Spam!
How Long Does Spam Last?
Inside the tin, unopened Spam can usually last for two to five years or so before it should be thrown out.
Once the can has been opened, it can last for seven to 10 days before it should be discarded.
Your can of Spam should have a ‘best before’ date that you can reference as well.
What Is Spam Made Of?
Spam is made out of pork shoulder and pork ham meat. Although pork shoulder used to have a reputation for being low-quality meat, this is no longer the case by today’s standards.
What Are Some Healthy Alternatives To Spam?
Some healthy alternative to Spam include:
- Corned beef
- Pork rolls
- Potted meat
- Spam Lite (which contains 25% less sodium, 50% less fat and 33% less calories than regular Spam.)
If sodium in particular is an issue, there is also a version of Spam (other than Spam Lite) which also has 25% less sodium.
Considering how long it lasts, it’s worth it to have an extra can of Spam or two stocked at home.
Although finding it at the grocery store isn’t always easy, if you look in the canned meat section, you’re sure to find the Spam that you’re seeking.
I hope that you’ve found this article helpful. If you have any other questions about shopping for Spam, please ask them using the comment form below.
Thank you for reading,
– James McAllister