When it was introduced nearly 75 years ago, SPAM Classic served the needs of families who were looking to serve nutritious and filling meals, even when basic ingredients might have been scarce or not affordable due to the World War. SPAM also played a crucial role overseas during World War Two. Hormel Foods provided 15 million cans of food to Allied Forces in Europe each week. Today, SPAM products are sold in more than 44 countries, including China, Japan, England, Korea, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Philippines. Favorite SPAM dishes found around the world include:
USA: SPAMBURGER Hamburger
Hawaii: SPAM Musubi and SPAM Katsu
U.K.: SPAM Sandwich, SPAM Salad or SPAM Fritters
Philippines: SPAM with eggs or rice
Korea: SPAM Kimchi
China: SPAM Hotpot
Within the U.S., Hawaii is the largest consumer of SPAM products. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Waikiki SPAM JAM Festival, a festival where Hawaiians illustrate the various different, and creative, ways that you can cook and serve SPAM. The event is hosted each April by local event coordinators and is sponsored, in part, by Hormel Foods. Each year local restarurants set up booths to show off their most creative and mouthwatering SPAM recipe creations. I'm not even gonna lie, I'd be ecstatic if I could attend the Waikiki SPAM JAM Festival someday!
Follow all the birthday action at http://www.spam.com as well as https://www.facebook.com/spambrand and https://twitter.com/#!/SPAMbrand.
The most popular ways to consume SPAM products in the U.S. include SPAM and eggs, SPAMBURGERS, and Mac 'n Cheese 'n SPAM. My favorite is grilled SPAM cooked on the charcoal grill or George Foreman, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Spam may be bad in the unsolicited email sense but it's mighty delicious in the food sense. Have you ever tried SPAM? If so, do you have a favorite SPAM recipe?
This post was written as part of the Hormel Extended Family Blogger program. The opinions within this post are of my own. Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services. Your opinions and results may differ.