Fact Check

Is Monster Energy Selling Caffeinated Ham?

Maybe some foods do go better with caffeine, and we'll never know until we try.

Published Nov. 1, 2018

A photograph shows a new "Energy Ham" product from Monster Energy.

What do you do if you need a boost of caffeine but you just aren't thirsty? Well, thanks to Monster Energy (and some internet creativity), you could make a sandwich with some Energy Ham.

In October 2018, an image purportedly showing a new caffeinated "Energy Ham" product from Monster Energy began circulating on social media:

However, this is not a genuine food product offered by Monster Energy, but rather a digitally manipulated image that was created as a humorous hoax.

One indication that this image of "Energy Ham" is fake is that a watermark for "Adam.The.Creator" appears on the bottom left of the package. This watermark refers to Adam Padilla, a digital artist who is infamous for creating fake products. While many of Padilla's creations are obvious jokes, a few have managed to fool viewers.

We've previously debunked a number of imagined products created by Padilla, such as a vape pen for babies and a Fisher-Price happy hour playset.

In Padilla's original tweet unveiling this Energy Ham product, a second watermark can be seen on the bottom right reading "Made with Momus," a reference to an online meme studio:

We also checked the Monster Energy website to see if the company had put out any press releases regarding a new line of caffeinated deli meats. While the company sells various waters, juices, coffees, and even protein shakes, they are not currently in the caffeinated energy pork product business.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.