Did You Know – Spam
Did you know there are over 10 varieties of canned Spam? I love spam and have made Spam Fried Rice, Spam & Cheese Sandwich and Air Fryer Spam.
There is a Spam Museum in Austin, MN where Spam originated and they even have virtual tours.
Over 100 million pounds of SPAM® product was shipped abroad to feed troops during WWII.
SPAM® Brand starred on Broadway in MontyPython’s SPAMALOT.
SPAM JAM® Festival is Hawaii’s largest festival every year. Hawaii eats seven million cans of SPAM® products every year. Today you’ll find SPAM® dishes served everywhere from convenience stores to restaurants, reflecting a demand that is unmatched by any place in the world.
It would take 415,549,599 SPAM® Brand cans to circle the circumference of the Earth.
In Southeast Asia, SPAM® products are given as a luxury gift.
Guam residents consume an average of 16 cans of Spam per person each year.
The canjo is a banjo made using a SPAM® Brand can.
Big Ben in England is 1,163 SPAM® Brand cans tall.
Over 9 billion cans of SPAM® products have been sold.
The next thing I want to try is Spam Cookies!
You read that right, there are many sweets Spam is added too and I want to try one of them.
What do you think of Spam?
Which flavor is your favorite?
Have you ever made a dessert with Spam and if so, what was it?
Images and facts from Spam.com
I have not been compensated for my post.
Categories: Did You Know, Pork/Ham
NO thanks Diane
That doesn’t surprise me Sheree. Not the healthiest meat with all the salt but I think that’s why I like it. 🤣
Diane, you should get some kind of payment from the makers of Spam for this article, because now I want to try it (for the first time in decades!) When I think of Spam, the first thing that comes to mind (besides junk email!) is the story my parents told me about when my dad was in the Army during WW II, and was fed Spam almost every day. (I guess there was only one kind then.) He came home, thinking he never wanted to see Spam again, and guess what Mom had fixed him for dinner!… 🤦🤷
Hahahaha You’re poor Dad! I don’t think I would have wanted it anymore either. Nope no payments just fun!
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I know right!
Had no idea there were so many different types of Spam! Be intrigued to hear about the Spam cookies you mention. I bet they would make nice crisp bakes in bread crumbs, maybe with cheese in them as well.
I can’t wait to make them. I will definitely post the recipe. Lol
There is nothing like cooking spam and eggs for breakfast in a cast iron pan over an open fire while you are camping.
I’ve never these Spam varieties before. How very neat! There’s always a can of luncheon meat in our pantry for emergency days when we just don’t feel like cooking and need that comfort food. Rice with fried Spam is wonderful. I always looked forward to having to it for lunch during my elementary school days. Other kids did not understand the appeal. 😆
I have one in ours too Ab. I pull it out when I don’t know what to make for supper. I agree, the saltiness of the Spam is perfect with rice. That’s so funny about school.
THANK YOU DIANE!! My older sister Micky and I both LOVE Spam, but my younger sister Darcy (whom I share the farm with now) hates the stuff. No matter what recipe I try, she just won’t do it – hahahaha!! Her loss.
That’s so funny and yes, her loss! You’re welcome 💕
P.S. I did get her to go with me to the Spam Museum on one of our travels. We were both amazed and in awe of all the great stuff the Spam company has done over so many years!
And you still couldn’t convince her to eat it? 🤣 Now you make me want to do the virtual tour.
I’ve ever eaten spam and do have a desire to.
Interesting post though.
Thank you Katelon!
To the best of my knowledge, I have never eaten SPAM. Some of the flavors do sound appealing – like hickory smoked, bacon, teriyaki. I’m not too good at trying new things though. I do know blogger though who actually went to the SPAM museum!
No way, I thought everyone has had Spam. I was tempted to do the virtual tour of the museum but I passed. Lol
Nope. Don’t like Spam, but I’m amazed there are so may varieties!
Love it or leave it right? Lol There are so many varieties now. I do want to try some of them but I always seem to buy regular. It’s crazy how popular Spam is in Hawaii.
I’ve never figured that out.
When we camp, we always enjoy a Spam and egg breakfast!
What an easy way to cook while camping and no refrigerating required!
This is a staple of Boy Scouts. Fried over an open campfire, it is delicious. But I never knew it came in so many varieties.
Oh wow that surprised me, only because I was a Girl Scout and either I didn’t know what it was or we just didn’t have it. They have really expanded on the flavors, that’s for sure!
Grilled cheese and spam! 👍🏻
Yes! It’s was delicious. Thank you SG.
My father worked for the George A Hormel & Company for over 30 years. We ate SPAM frequently. I stopped eating it the moment I started buying my own food.
However… I did open up a can a few months ago for the first time in 4 decades. Beth convinced me it was time to give SPAM a second chance. Not too shabby, a little too salty for my taste, but would work as an ingredient for several things…including your suggestions.
Thanks for the blast from the past!
How did we eat it? Great question! With scrambled eggs. On pizza, in stuffed bell peppers, and…The UFO. What’s a UFO? Better great question! A slice of SPAM with a mound of mashed potato on top and a slice of cheese on top of the mashed potatoes!
I preferred it when dad brought home a Cure 81 ham. Just sayin’!
On pizza! I never gave that one a thought. That was a long time to stay with one company, those were the good ole days. I totally can see why you took a break form Spam after your dad getting so many as a kid. What a great story.
Thank you for reblogging💕
We just noticed these last year. We have tried the hot and spicy and Bacon flavoured. I always have like Spam, especially fried up!
I want to try the jalapeño, bacon and teriyaki, so far I have always bought regular Spam flavor.
I’ve had Spam in my household cupboard since I was a toddler — it was used in a variety of ways to add a protein to our meal… but this post blew it out of the water!
So creative, I love the imaging! It all looks goood! 🤩
Awe thank you so much for your kind words Rissa!
My dad was a 30 year employee for George A Hormel and Company. He had plenty of discounted and free SPAM while is was growing up. After moving out and beginning to buy my own food, there were zero cans of SPAM in my pantry…until last year.
Beth convinced me to give SPAM another try. So we did. Not too bad. By itself, a little too salty for my taste, but when added to other food like a stir fry or casserole or with scrambled eggs…pretty darned good.
How did we eat SPAM in our household? Fried with eggs for breakfast. Sliced cold in a sandwich. In stuffed peppers…and as a UFO. What’s a UFO? Great question. One slice of SPAM topped with a scoop of mashed potato and all topped with a slice of cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F until the cheese melts. The mashed potatoes would be a vulcanized tongue burner, but very unique!
That is such a cool story! I love salty so that’s probably why I love it so much. I have never heard of a UFO and I think it sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing a fascinating story!
Such fun trivia, Diane. Gave me a smile on this Monday morning.
Thank you Kellye!
Spam has gotten a bad rap over the years, but it has persisted. I admit to being plebeian😂. I like Spam.
I’m right there with you Linda! It really has gotten a bad rap, but you would never guess that in Hawaii! Lol
I have to say, I am no fan of Spam but I know it is popular. However, I was interested enough to read what you wrote about it and I am glad I did so! I still don’t care for Spam, however.
I found it fascinating too, especially how many varieties there are. You either love it or hate it. It’s hard to believe that it is just a mixture of pork meat and ham, I love ham! Thank you Karla!
Perhaps I should give it a try again, someday. My mother used to bake it in the oven.
Ooh the tocino and the teriyaki sound good! I remember when Spam used to be cheap food. These days it seems expensive to me 😅
Oh heck, everything is so expensive now, but you are right, decades ago this was a cheap meat to purchase.
I have eaten Spam, and I think it’s best left in the can on the shelf!
Hahaha You and a lot of other people. I love it the three ways I have cooked it but I wouldn’t be able to eat it from the can plain.
I didn’t know it was that popular worldwide or there were so many varieties. They now have packages with just one slice you can buy if you want a quick “Spam Fix”. 🙂
Now you taught me something new again Linda! I had no idea they had single serving size.
Yes, a great idea. I got it when it first came out – single serving in a foil pouch, just the regular SPAM – I don’t know if they have different types now.
Fascinating, Diane! Thanks for all the interesting Spam facts.
You are very welcome!
Oh my goodness I enjoyed the Spam history and info! I loved it as a kid, I thought it was a treat to have it. I’ve not been able to stomach it as an adult though. I didn’t know there were so many varieties! Enjoyed this post a lot 🙂
Thank you Tierney I’m glad you enjoyed it. I love when food brings back so many memories. Isn’t it funny how our tastes change?
I was going to say I don’t think it’s sold in SA … but I googled it and it looks like it’s for sale in selective stores. I’ve never had it before – maybe I should see if I can get my hands on it somewhere, because your recipes look mouthwatering!
It’s basically pork and ham ground together, I love it. Thank you Corna!
It reminds me of my childhood. My mother used it for quick meals.
Awe I love childhood memories, thank you for sharing that!
I have been enjoying your educational blogs! 😀 This one gave me a real chuckle. Spam happens to be my “secret” – one of those things I find delicious but would never serve to guests or admit in public. When my husband and I were first married and poor as church mice we ate Spam often and enjoyed it immensely. I made sandwiches with it – adding all sorts of garnishes. I also fried and baked it with various garnishes. I served it with rice or potatoes and added something green to balance our meal. All the meals were delicious! I never knew there were other flavors. Hmmm. I have been inspired to bring out the Secret Spam. Heck. Maybe I’ll serve it to guests!
Hahaha I love your comment! What’s funny is back in your “poor as church mice” days, Spam was cheap but now, not so much. Thank you for sharing your memories, I enjoyed them!
I didn’t know there was but one flavor! I always learn something from your blog posts. Thanks!
I didn’t either Janet, my husband does the grocery shopping. He told me there is a whole wall of Spam, I do think he is exaggerating a bit don’t you? Lol Thank you Janet❣️
Birds of a feather.
I remember eating Spam as a kid, but I don’t even know if it is sold here anymore. You have piqued my curiosity Diane, and I am going to look the next time I am out. I don’t think I will buy any though because of all the salt.
The next recipe I want to try with Spam is a cookie. 🤣 My husband said no thank you. Lol