Fun Facts About SPAM the Mystery Meat

Introduction:Even the most health conscious eater can confess to a vice. Here's mine - I crave SPAM®. Health challenges no longer allow me to eat this mystery meat often, but when I do, it's nirvana in a can. Enjoy the fun facts about SPAM®. Maybe they will entice you to dash to the grocery and buy a can to eat for your dinner.

  • 01

    SPAM® For Lovers

    When I met my current husband, we did the "list" thing. You know what's negotiable and what's not; spiritual preference and money management, etc. What fun! Both of us had listed SPAM® as one of our favorite foods!

  • 02

    Origin of SPAM®

    The mystery meat originated in 1937 and was marketed as "Hormel Spiced Ham". Among its attributes were: tastes good, cheap and requires no refrigeration. When Hormel held a naming contest, Kenneth Daigneau had the idea of SPAM®, for which he was awarded $100.

    I studied the name Daigneau selected at length to finally determine that he used the "sp" from spiced and the "am" from ham to arrive at SPAM®. But, who really knows? Also, I speculated about the $100 prize. Considering that the product is eaten at the rate of 3.8 cans per second, I think the poor guy got gypped.

  • 03

    The Museum

    In Spam Town, USA, aka Austin, Minnesota, you will find the SPAM® museum. A bronze statue of George Hormel is located at 1937 SPAM Avenue, depicting a farmer (Hormel) shooing pigs. For the price of free admission, the museum also touts a wall made of thousands of cans of - guess what?

    Make it a point to visit the World War II exhibit.

  • 04

    World War II

    The United States Government bought over 15 million cans of SPAM® per week during WWII in order to feed American G.I.'s. It didn't stop there, in 1989, 3.5 million pounds of SPAM® was purchased to feed more troops.

  • 05

    Mystery Meat

    Residing in the familiar brick-shaped can are the following ingredients: quality controlled ham and pork, salt, flavorings and preservatives. The product is heat-sealed inside the tin, so that it never dies. (No expiration date)

    It is noteworthy that Hormel refused to use ears, lips and snouts of pigs as did their competitors.

    After reading fun facts about SPAM®, it's no longer a mystery meat. In actuality, SPAM® is an economical source of protein for many poor and jobless Americans during desperate times.




Final Thoughts

My daughter thinks we're a hoot to enjoy SPAM®. One Christmas, she gave us individually wrapped cans of every variety. My husband liked the SPAM® Hot and Spicy, but I still prefer SPAM® Classic.

Author Note: The title will not allow the trademark symbol.





Comments

  • dptstretch 7/8/2012 Flag This Comment

    and don't forget...there is (or was) a site didicated to Spam Haiku...the poetry with three lines (5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables)...actually a search of "Spam Haiku" will bring up lots of results! Also...Hawaii consumes more Spam per capita than anyplace...if you have a Hawaiian Bar b Que restarant in your area, they are sure to have spam on the menu!

  • penelope7 1/14/2011 Flag This Comment

    I have referred to it as Mystery Meat, even though I've read the ingredient. I love spam, I love spam, I really love spam.lol But I have always controlled it - well since I've become more conscious. Haven't had it in about 7 months. H5

  • UponRequest 1/13/2011 Flag This Comment

    Fun list! I used to work with a woman who was from Hawaii that would make the best SPAM wontons for our luncheons!

  • ListMaker 1/13/2011 Flag This Comment

    I'm with pajama - I've never even approached the stuff, being immediately suspicious of any canned meat.

  • litetender 1/12/2011 Flag This Comment

    OK, but (and this is a serious question) what do you do with SPAM? How does one eat it?

  • goodselfme 1/12/2011 Flag This Comment

    I am glad to hear Spam is ok since I do like this a lot. My mother used to buy it when hurricane season was nearing on Long Island since it needed no care. We ate it a few times in the basement of our home waiting for the storm to pass. Thank you for telling me all this info. No mystery anymore.

  • clewand550 1/12/2011 Flag This Comment

    That is so strange. I haven't thought of or heard spam in so long since I was much younger. Last week when I was in the grocery store, a couple aproached me and were having a major discussion on buying or not buying spam. Now this article. I am not spam lover at all. Probably had it too many times when I was younger. Who knows. Anyways, nice list.

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