There's No Ham in There. It Only Tastes Like Ham.

While grocery shopping this week, I saw the following items:

HamBeens and HamPeas. I like how they spelled Beans without the "a" but left it in Peas. Don't want any HamPees, do we?

I saw these on the shelf near the rice and thought, how in the hell do you make dry beans "ham" flavored. Then I saw it was "artificial ham flavor" packet inside which I couldn't figure if it was some bit of "meat" flavoring or if it was just chemicals or what.

The FAQ on their site says:
"Q: can i make the original recipe w/out the ham hocks and ham flavoring, as a vegetarian soup instead?
A: We have recently changed the ingredients in our seasonings to vegetable based products. Currently, NONE of our seasonings contain animal products! You will still have the taste of ham, so if that is not what you want, just omit the seasoning packet and add your favorite herbs, spices, and vegetables. The options are limitless which is why vegetarians also love our soups!"

Go figure. The ingredients are: "Great Northern Beans. Seasoning Packet: Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Maltodextrin, Salt, Flavorings (Including Artificial Smoke Flavor), Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed and Soybean Oil, Silicon Dioxide (Added Less Than 2% As An Anti-Caking Agent)."

Not exactly stuff that's good for you. But, then again, not meat either. And what's the difference between "natural" smoke flavor and "artificial" smoke flavor?


Would you eat 'em?


  1. My husband and I bought their brand of 16 or whole lotta damn bean soup. He doesn't eat meat and I tend to just go along with that so we were all for a ham flavoring that didn't use ham...until we cut open the seasoning packet. Holy Hello Kitty that stuff smelled like a pile of burnt awful. I was really really REALLY happy that I'd decided to use vegetable broth instead of water and use my own seasonings. My dad who will eat any form of animal added a little bit to his bowl of soup and wished he hadn't. It was a good deal because it had so many different beans in one bag but that seasoning packet will probably still be around when all that's left on the planet are cockroaches.

  2. That sounds frightening, Megan. Glad you didn't eat it.

  3. That's so weird and I would totally try those beans at least once.

  4. I do the split peas all the time. Great pork flavor without the animal.


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