I may or may not be in the minority but I like Spam, especially sliced thin and fried. Spam was introduced in 1937 right here in Minnesota, Austin to be exact. It was developed to make use of pork shoulder which wasn't the most popular cut of meat. During World War II, Spam gained in popularity because it was the only canned meat product. After the war, Spam's popularity spread around the world wherever US troops were stationed. Hawaii has many Spam recipes and is one of the biggest importers of the canned meat. Around the world, there are 12.8 cans of Spam eaten every second. Spam is sold in 44 countries around the world. If you are wondering exactly what is in Spam, well, it's made of pork with ham, salt, water, potato starch, sugar and sodium nitrate. Your mouth is watering, isn't it?  Spam is celebrated at the Spam Museum located in Austin Minnesota. The museum tells the history of the Hormel company, the origin of Spam, and its place in world culture, including Hawaii where Spam is eaten daily by locals.. In fact, Hawaii just wrapped up their annual Spam festival last week. Don't knock it til you've tried it.

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