The word/name SPAM is believed to come from the phrase “Spiced” and “Ham” or by the abbreviation of “shoulders of pork and ham”. Spam is a canned precooked meat product introduced in 1937 by Hormel Foods based in Austin, Minnesota.
Spam is a simple product. A lot more “natural” (so to speak) than an average American hot dog which contains animal parts that are “mechanically separated” and processed.
For anyone who turns their nose at Spam, the canned meat contains chopped pork shoulder and ham meat, salt, water, modified potato starch as a binder, sugar, and sodium nitrite as a preservative. Spam’s gelatinous glaze forms from the cooling of meat stock.
Spam was a vital product during WW2 Since fresh meat was difficult to reach soldiers on the front line. The G.I.s loved Spam & started eating Spam for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was also popular in the refugee camps.
In the aftermath of World War II, a troupe of ex-G.I. women were assembled by Hormel Foods to promote Spam throughout the United States. The group was known as the Hormel Girls.
Spam is sold in 41 countries worldwide, sold on six continents and trademarked in over 100 different countries. Philippines and Korea are large consumers of Spam.
The United States consumes more Spam than any other country. Logical, since it’s an American company. Spam is popular in Texas & Minnesota, but by far… Guam & Hawaii consume the most cans of Spam. Hawaii consumes 2 1/2 times more Spam than all of the United States combined.
In Hawaii, Spam is so popular that it is sometimes referred to as “The Hawaiian Steak”. One popular Spam dish in Hawaii is Spam Musubi, where lightly fried Spam is combined with rice and wrapped with nori seaweed.