Pork with Ham
Two cuts of the pig. One perfectly tender and juicy flavor.
When the first SPAM® Can came off the production line in 1937, the world was forever changed. This revolutionary new product won over the hearts of soldiers, world leaders, celebrities, chefs, kids and parents. Gracie Allen, Dwight Eisenhower, Margaret Thatcher and Monty Python all have sung praises of SPAM® products. And future generations continue to enjoy it as a versatile, high-quality and great-tasting meal-time favorite. The whole world can’t get enough of the iconic taste and the effortless meal creativity contained within this little blue can.
Ah, the age-old question; what is the meat in that special can of SPAM® Classic? Many myths abound, but the answer is actually quite simple.
Pork with Ham
Two cuts of the pig. One perfectly tender and juicy flavor.
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Hormel Foods introduces SPAM® luncheon meat.
Ken Daigneau, brother of a Hormel Foods vice president, wins a contest - and $100 - for naming SPAM.
More than 100 million pounds of SPAM® luncheon meat are shipped abroad to feed allied troops during WWII.
"The Hormel Girls," a 60 member performing troupe, toured cities across America to generate awareness for SPAM® Classic & other HORMEL® products.
The one-billionth can of SPAM® Classic produced.
A 7-ounce size SPAM® Classic is introduced.
The two-billionth can of SPAM® products produced.
SPAM® Classic makes its TV debut in Monty Python's Flying Circus.
SPAM® Hickory Smoke Flavored and SPAM® with Cheese introduced.
The three-billionth can of SPAM® products produced.
SPAM® Less Sodium introduced.
The first SPAM® Museum opened at Oak Park Mall (Austin, Minn.) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hormel Foods.
SPAM® Lite containing 25 percent less fat and 25 percent less sodium introduced.
The SPAMBURGER™ Hamburger is introduced via advertising campaigns.
The five-billionth can of SPAM® products produced.
Sponsored No. 9 SPAM® race car on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
SPAM® Lite with 50 percent less fat introduced.
SPAM® packaging donated to the Smithsonian.
SPAM® Hot & Spicy introduced.
SPAM® Museum opens in downtown Austin, Minn.
SPAM® with real HORMEL® Bacon and SPAM® Single Classic introduced.
The seven-billionth can of SPAM® products produced.
SPAM® Teriyaki and SPAM® Jalapeño introduced.
The eight-billionth can of SPAM® products produced.
The SPAM® Family of Products celebrates its 75th anniversary.
The SPAM® brand introduces Sir Can-ALot™, its first ever spokes-character.
SPAM® with Tocino Seasoning introduced.
The SPAMERICAN!™ Tour set out across the country celebrating creative eats, beats and crafty treats.
SPAM® with Portuguese Sausage Seasoning introduced, inspired by the Hawaiian Islands.
The brand new SPAM® Museum opens in downtown Austin, Minn.
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At first glance, one might assume SPAM® products are produced through magic. But it’s actually a relatively simple, conventional process.
Pre-register with a fair by their deadline date.
Follow the fairs’ rules. Each contestant may enter only one recipe and there’s a 10-ingredient limit. Prepare your dish at home and deliver it to the fair for on-site judging.
Use at least one can of any SPAM® variety. Themes can change year to year.
Taste, creativity and presentation are the main criteria the fair’s judges use for picking winners.
For competition details and complete entry guidelines (often called a “premium book”), contact a host fair’s entry office!
Winners get cash awards, blue ribbons and big bragging rights. Winners each take home souvenirs, too, like an award certificate and apron. Ultimately, one National Grand SPAM® Champion in the adult category wins an all-expense paid trip for two to the 2017 Waikiki SPAM JAM® Festival, valued at $3,000! In addition, one National SPAM® Kid Chef of the Year wins a $2,000 cash prize. All first-place winning recipes advance to national judging (conducted by Hormel Foods Test Kitchens after the 2016 fair season ends). View past Blue Ribbon recipes here.
In a word: magic. Of course, we’re biased, and if you haven’t had the good fortune of tasting magic before, that won’t tell you much. Speaking objectively, they taste kinda like ham. They also taste a little like pork roast. What we’re trying to say is, SPAM® products have a unique taste that’s unlike anything else out there. That taste also depends on the SPAM® variety and how you prepare it. Grilling, baking, or frying will result in different textures and subtleties. So the best way to answer this question is ultimately to try it for yourself.
There are some questions that continually plague man over time. Questions like 'Is there intelligent life beyond Earth?' And 'What is the meaning of the SPAM® brand name?' Unfortunately, we can provide answers to neither. The significance of the SPAM® brand name has long been a subject of speculation. One popular belief says it’s derived from the words 'spiced ham.' The real answer is known by only a small circle of former Hormel Foods executives. And probably Nostradamus.
Every summer and fall, some of the country’s largest state and county fairs feature SPAM® products in special recipe contests, a tradition dating back to 1990. This fun competition is for people who enjoy cooking for friends and family. Entrants compete for prizes (up to $150 for first place), blue ribbons and a shot at the coveted grand prize, a trip to the Waikiki SPAM JAM® Festival. Two categories welcome both adults and youth. Prizes go to the top three recipes in both categories. Use SPAM® Family of Products plus 10 additional ingredients or less. Judging criteria will focus on theme, taste, ease of preparation and presentation. For complete entry guidelines, contact the host fair entry office (list follows).
Simple, the best way to eat it is with your mouth. Sandwiches are the most popular vehicle used to deliver it to your chompers. Which kind of sandwich is another question entirely though, as there are a pleathora of recipes available. Beyond the sandwich, the versatility of this delicious meat provides endless meal options, including many that are uniquely preferred within particular cultures around the globe. By the time you asked every SPAM® Brand lover out there, the responses would likely include grilled, fried, in a taco, on a bun, as a snack, for supper, and even straight out of the can. There are countless ways to enjoy SPAM® products, and no wrong way.
While the keeper of an emergency underground bunker might have you believe SPAM® products offer eternal freshness, there is, in fact, a limit to their goodness. On the bottom of every can of SPAM® product you’ll find a "best by" date. This is the date Hormel Foods recommends using the product by. You’ll likely find yourself gobbling up the delicious meat inside the can long before that date. But if you find yourself sitting on a stock of SPAM® products during a zombie invasion, be sure to check the date before you enjoy.
2016 Great American SPAM® Championship Contest Recipe Challenge details coming soon!
In Southeast Asia, a SPAM® brand gift pack would be considered an appropriate wedding gift. SPAM® products are regarded as luxury goods, with gift packs selling for as much as $45 U.S. So if you travel there for business, leave the cigars at home and pick up this delicacy for an introductory exchange.
The Philippines’ SPAM® brand craze is so strong that it inspired a restaurant based entirely around the brand. The SPAM JAM® restaurant in the Philippines is a magical place where you can order SPAMBURGER™ hamburgers, SPAM® Spaghetti, SPAM® and Egg, and a multitude of other SPAM® dishes.
In Hawaii, SPAM® products are practically the national food. It’s served everywhere from grocery store delis to fancy restaurants. Even McDonald’s features several SPAM® items on their breakfast menu. This fanaticism fuels sales of 7 million cans of SPAM® products per year in the Aloha State.
Guam may be a tiny island, but its appetite for SPAM® products is humongous. How humongous, you say? The average annual SPAM® product consumption comes out to 16 cans per person. Guam has also been the site of SPAM® Games, where locals sample and honor the best original SPAM® recipes.
Even those blokes in the UK love SPAM® products. Of course, it’s prepared in proper British style in a dish called SPAM® fritters. Similar to English fish ‘n chips, SPAM® products are dipped in batter and deep-fried. Once it’s good and crispy, it’s ready to serve -- with a sidecar of vinegar, of course.
The 2016 recipe competition will be hosted at 26 of the country’s top state and county fairs:
Alabama National Fair, Montgomery, AL
Arizona State Fair, Phoenix, AZ
Arkansas State Fair, Little Rock, AR
San Diego County Fair, San Diego (Del Mar), CA
Orange County Fair, Los Angeles (Costas Mesa), CA
Georgia National Fair, Atlanta, GA
Illinois State Fair, Springfield, IL
Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, IN
Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA
Kansas State Fair, Wichita (Hutchinson), KS
Kentucky State Fair, Louisville, KY
Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul (Minneapolis), MN
New Mexico State Fair, Albuquerque, NM
New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY
North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh, NC
Dixie Classic Fair, Winston-Salem, NC
Cuyahoga County Fair, Cleveland (Berea), OH
Oklahoma State Fair, Oklahoma City, OK
Tulsa State Fair, Tulsa, OK
Washington County Fair, Washington (Pittsburgh), PA
Great Allentown Fair, Allentown, PA
Delta Fair & Music Festival, Memphis, TN
Amarillo Tri-State Fair, Amarillo, TX
State Fair of Texas, Dallas (Ft. Worth), TX
Washington State Fair, Puyallup (Seattle), WA
Wisconsin State Fair, Milwaukee, WI
For all 2016 Great American SPAM® Championship Contest inquiries please call (612) 922-3247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduced in 2012 SPAM® brand advertising, the SIR CAN-A-LOT® character is the official spokescharacter for the SPAM® brand in America. The diminutive knight is a messenger for the SPAM® brand, on a self-proclaimed “crusade to rescue the world from routine meals.” He approaches this mission with equal parts motivation and mischief, taking sleep-cookers by surprise to suggest they make their meals more interesting by adding SPAM® products. What the SIR CAN-A-LOT™ character lacks in size, he makes up for in bravado. Whether fumbling or composed, he is courageous and determined in his pursuits. Through it all, it is clear he reveres SPAM® products — or, as he puts it, “Glorious SPAM®!”
We know what you’re thinking; SPAM® products must grow on trees there. That would be neat, but to believe it you must have taken a coconut to the head. The true root of the island’s love for SPAM® products goes back to World War II, when the luncheon meat was served to GIs. By the end of the war, SPAM® products were adopted into local culture, with Fried SPAM® Classic and rice becoming a popular meal. The unique flavor quickly found its way into other Hawaiian cuisine, from SPAM® Fried Wontons to SPAM® Musubi, and SPAM® products became a fixture for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 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.
This delicious American icon and global brand launched in 1937 as “The Meat of Many Uses!” and American households quickly ate it up. By 1940, 70 percent of urban Americans were eating SPAM® products. But it was the arrival of WWII, and the need for easily transported protein, that fueled the SPAM® brand’s incredible growth around the world. Today, with over a dozen varieties sold in more than 40 countries, this 79 year old brand continues to ignite invention all over the world.
In America, people come from far and wide to visit the SPAM® Museum. Located in Austin, MN (the birthplace of SPAM® brand), this museum is a curation of all things SPAM® brand, and pays tribute to it’s presence across the world.
In 1998, SPAM® product packaging was donated to the Smithsonian. How many meat products can boast such a distinction?
All of this passion and demand has amounted to this: in 2012, the eighth-billionth can of SPAM® product was produced. Chew on that for awhile.