SPAM® 101

What is SPAM® Classic? Ah, the age-old question; what is the meat in that special can comprised of? Many myths abound, but the answer is actually quite simple. It’s merely six simple ingredients.

Why is the SPAM® brand a household name? We could go on for days about this. But rather than get all Socrates on you, let’s look to the people for the answer -- the legions of SPAM® brand lovers all over the world who crave, and celebrate, this delightful meat.

The SPAM® Story 1937 - Hormel Foods introduces SPAM® luncheon meat. Ken Daigneau, brother of a Hormel Foods vice president, wins a contest and $100 for naming SPAM®.

The SPAM® Museum Few experiences in life are as meaningful and meaty-filled as those you’ll have at the magnificent SPAM® Museum. Referred to by some meat historians as The Guggenham, Porkopolis or M.O.M.A. (Museum Of Meat-Themed Awesomeness), the SPAM® Museum is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of spiced pork artifacts.

SPAM® Single Classic

There are times you’re just not in the mood to share the deliciousness of SPAM® Classic. We don’t blame you. For those occasions, and any that demand sheer convenience, there’s already cooked SPAM® Singles. Perfect for a quick snack or in a sandwich, you probably shouldn’t leave home without one.

Limited availability in stores. Prices may vary.

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Pork, Water, Salt, Modified Potato Starch, Sugar, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Nitrite.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 250
% Daily Value
Total Fat 22g 0%
Saturated Fat 8g 0%
Cholesterol 60mg 15%
Sodium 990mg 40%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 11g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
This product is GLUTEN FREE.

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  • The SPAM® brand is trademarked in more than 100 countries worldwide, and sold in 45 nations, from Andorra to Zimbabwe.

  • At full capacity in the U.S., Hormel Foods is capable of producing more than 44,000 cans of SPAM® products per hour.

  • Outside the United States, the Republic of South Korea is the largest market for SPAM® products.

  • SPAM® products are consumed at a rate of 3.1 cans per second in the United States. Beat that, world!

  • In 1940, Hormel Foods unveiled what was believed to be the first singing commercial, advertising SPAM® luncheon meat.

  • Following World War II, world leaders including Dwight Eisenhower, Margaret Thatcher and Nikita Khrushchev all credited SPAM® for its role in sustaining soldiers.

  • The SPAM® name was suggested by Kenneth Daigneau, the brother of a Hormel Foods vice president, at a New Year’s Eve gala.

  • SPAM® Stinky French Garlic collector’s edition was introduced in England in conjunction with the opening of the the musical SPAMALOT.

  • SPAM® Classic made its cyberspace debut in 1998 with the launch of its official brand homepage at -- where you’re staring right now!

  • In 2000, the SPAM® brand received its own Minnesota State lottery ticket scratch game. Astonishingly, the tickets were not scratch ‘n sniff.

  • SPAM® products have appeared in several movies, including Soul Surfer and Yogi Bear, most recently. No word on whether the can got its own trailer.

  • The SPAM® brand previously sponsored the No. 9 race car in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Unfortunately it did not run on SPAM®.

  • Upon meeting former Russian President Boris Yeltsin, former Hormel Foods President R.L. Knowlton presented him with a can of SPAM® Classic.

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