This year is a watershed for tacky, time-honored American treats.
In March, we celebrated the 100th birthday of the yummy Oreo® cookie.
Thursday, July 5, 2012, is the official 75th birthday of SPAM® luncheon meat.
You’d think that as much SPAM® as Greater Jacksonville has eaten that locals would be in the streets celebrating.
To get you in the mood, however, here are some SPAM® facts to help you make your own SPAM® fun.
So What the Hell Is SPAM®?
Now conveniently packaged in pull-top cans, the original SPAM® – “spiced ham” – is simple food: ham, fresh pork, sugar, salt, water and a little potato starch.
More SPAM® 101
Hormel Foods® makes SPAM® in two US locations – Austin, Minn. and Fremont, Neb., – and in three foreign countries – Denmark, South Korea and the Philippines.
The SPAM® trademark is registered in more than 100 countries worldwide, and SPAM® is sold in nearly 50 nations from Andorra to Zimbabwe.
SPAM® is sold on every continent except Antarctica. More than 99 percent of SPAM® is sold in US grocery stores.
More than 122 million cans of SPAM® Classic sell worldwide each and every year, 90 million of them in the United States.
Americans consume three cans of SPAM® Classic every second.
Residents of Hawaii, Alaska, Arkansas, Texas and Alabama are the biggest US SPAM® consumers. Hawaiians lead.
Inexpensive and popular, Hawaiian musubi is a snack made of a grilled SPAM® on a block of rice wrapped in nori (kelp). Musubi is commonly found near cash registers in convenience stores all over Hawaii.
Great Moments in SPAM® History
Now a major pop culture icon, clearly SPAM® has stood the test of time.
Here’s ammunition for the SPAM® trivia contests sure to pop up all over GreaterJax™.
- 1937 – Hormel foods introduces SPAM® luncheon meat. Ken Daigneau, brother of a Hormel Foods vice president, wins a contest – and $100 – for naming SPAM®.
- 1941-45 – more than 100 million pounds of SPAM® luncheon meat are shipped aborad to feed allied troops during WWII.
- 1959 – the one-billionth can of SPAM® Classic produced.
- 1970 – The two-billionth can of SPAM® produced. SPAM® Classic makes its TV debut in “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.”
- 1980 – The tree-billionth can of SPAM® produced.
- 1991 – Debut of the Annual State Fair Best SPAM® Recipe Contest, now held at 40+ state and regional fairs. First SPAM® merchandise catalogue introduced.
- 1994 – The five-billionth can of SPAM® produced.
- 1995 – SPAM® sponsors No. 9 SPAM® race car in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
- 1998 – SPAM® packing donated to the Smithosnian. SPAM® makes its official web debut at www.spam.com. Launch of “The Official SPAM® Fan Club.”
- 2001 – SPAM® Museum opens.
- 2007 – The seven-billionth can of SPAM® produced.
- 2012 – The SPAM® family of products celebrates is 75th anniversary. The SPAM® brand introduces Sir Can-A-Lot, its first ever spokes-character. Special edition collectors cans are available in grocery stores now.
Celebrate with Some SPAM® Cookery
Like most people her age, Your Examiner grew up eating SPAM®.
Celebrate July Fifth right by making SPAM®’s 75th birthday an event in your home. Here’s one of Your Examiner’s favorite recipes to get the party started.
SPAM® & Swiss on Rye
- Add butter to a cold pan and heat.
- Once the butter’s started to brown, put slices of rye bread in the pan and brown them on one side.
- Slice up your SPAM®, then put the slices into the same pan you used for the bread.
- Bring the heat up slowly and brown on both sides.
- Place slices of big-eye swiss on top of the SPAM® and let melt.
- Dress the pan-toasted rye with your favorite brown mustard, lettuce, tomato and other favorite toppings, then add the hot SPAM®.
- For a different taste treat, ditch the veggies and load your SPAM®-wich up with brown mustard, diced onions, sauerkraut and dill pickle slices.
Need to Know Even More About SPAM®?
The SPAM® Museum
- 1101 N. Main St.
- Austin, Minn. 55912-3360
- Admission: FREE
- 1-800-LUV-SPAM (800-588-7726)
Family-fun packed museum features 16,500 square feet of tastefully presented SPAM®-filled history. You won’t have to fight for tickets because. SPAM® trivia and vintage SPAM® brand advertising, the World War II exhibit, SPAM™ Game Show quiz, Monty Python tribute and more. Stock up on priceless SPAM® collectibles on your way out in the SPAM® store.
Straight from the Horse’s Mouth at Hormel Foods®
Contact: Julie Craven
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