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Spam

Created by Hormel in 1937, Spam became known as the "miracle meat" that would keep Britain going throughout the WWII. The spiced, canned ham and pork produce was cheap to buy and its popularity was further helped later on by heavy advertising and catchy jingles. In the 40s and 50s there were even Hormel girls who distributed Spam door-to-door.

In the 60s, smaller sized cans were introduced, and in 1971 a smoke-flavoured version was launched, and later still a low-salt version to help its image in an ever more health-conscious society.

Unfortunately, sometime in the 80s, Spam became naff! This wasn't helped by Monty Python's insults either. Sales dropped... but the noughties are witnessing its come back. With purse strings being tightened due to the economic crisis, cheap, filling foods like Spam are a popular choice. Hormel has also just announced a £2 million advertising campaign to tell the world Spam is "still out there".


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Do You Remember Spam?

  • Anonymous user
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    they call it cheap but price for quantity it is quite expensive.
  • Anonymous user
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    I love Spam, but only if it's fried. Sometimes have it with chips, beans and a fried egg, but more usually make Spam butties. It's also great cubed in a stir-fry. Don't eat it often - once a month or two, but there is always at least 1 tin in the pantry.
  • Anonymous user
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    I do not like Spam. My dad used to cook this with macaroni and cheese and I dreaded those dinners. Eeeeeeeeeew!
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    I still eat this, only once a week mind, cos it's not for those of us who insist on watching what we eat, to stay in our size 10 jeans!! I make it even more artery clogging, by covering it in a cornflour batter mix and deep frying it !! It's called the 'On the Buses' tea,cos it is so typical of that whole working class, 70s diet and we are big 'Buses' fans.I Serve it with chips, beans and of course, Bread and Butter!. It's the kids favourite and the only time the frying pan gets an outing these days.