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SPAM's Lasting Legacy

David Barber

Posted on July 23, 2019 14:47

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Spam helped the U.S. win a major war, so where is it now?

SPAM was invented in 1937 and used widely to feed troops in World War II. In fact, over 100 million pounds of it was shipped abroad to feed troops during the war. Now, it is sold in 44 countries around the world. Believe it or not, the Hormel company still produces SPAM with its mysterious meat and gelatin fat locked into a tear-away can, and let me tell you something, I sure do miss the old key cans that were a trademark of the brand. I guess that's what they consider "progress," though. If I really want to re-visit those days, I imagine I'll have to make a trip to the SPAM Museum in Minnesota (yes, that is a real thing).

 

source: SPAM.com

 

If you ask a millennial anything about SPAM, you'll likely get an eye roll or a reference to social media websites or commercials. Us baby boomers, however, know SPAM as the front-runner to Ramen Noodles: quick, tasty, and budget-friendly.

This canned meat, with its once-trademarked, wind-to-open key, can be served hot, cold, or, preferably (especially here in the south), fried. But is SPAM healthy considering its gelatinous consistency of fat within the can? I say yes, especially if you're on the Keto diet like I am. Not only has it found a new audience with dieters like myself, but it continues to be a natural and reoccurring choice for different kinds of people all across the country and even the world.

Alongside vintage delicacies like Vienna sausages and cold bologna, SPAM is still the quick choice of mechanics and hunters alike. Fishermen, too, pack cans along with crackers for that early-morning protein bump. It's an easy option for kids, a nostalgic snack for adults, and an item of intrigue for those in-between. In some ways, it still helps keep the country running, which makes sense if you know that they sell over 122 million cans of SPAM per year.

Coca Cola (in a glass, of course), a few slices of SPAM with tomato, and a bag of corn chips is all I need to take me back to the days of cutting tobacco and hauling in baled hay as a teenager. I'm thankful for the impact SPAM has had on this country and the memories it's given to me. Hopefully, some younger folks nowadays will be lucky enough to create their own connections to this iconic, if strange, food.

David Barber

Posted on July 23, 2019 14:47

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