December 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

The Drewth About Spam

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Spam.  Spam spam spam.  What is it?  Where did it come from?  There are those of us who adore it, and those who despise it.  Then there are those, like me, who have never tried it and have heard various things regarding it.  It seems to me that the prevailing judgment on it is that it is a mixture between cat food and a “chunky-fatty” hot dog with an overbearing odor – the combined opinion of Callie Lirakis and Aiden Ford.  On the other hand, I have heard it referred to as a sort of salty bologna in a can – the most fantastic ecstasy one’s taste-buds can experience, or so says our very own Harrison Blake.

To start, what is this alleged canned meat anyway?  Firstly, SPAM is an acronym, which stands for “Shoulder of Pork And Meat,” simply because that is the main ingredient.  It was first introduced in 1937 by Hormel Foods Corporation and has endured ever since, and in 2007 the seven billionth can of spam was sold.  There is also an ever popular sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus in which the meat is featured in every single meal in a restaurant and a song is sung about “lovely spam, wonderful spam.”  Needless to say, the “mystery meat” has had quite an effect on our culture.  Spam also is made in several different flavors besides the average layperson’s Spam Classic, some of which are Spam Hot and SpicySpam with CheeseSpam with Bacon, and my personal favorite, Spam Spread – for “if you’re a spreader, not a slicer.”
So, the final judgement on Spam?  Like many other foods, it’s worth a try – start with Spam Classic, and if you find it favorable to your pallate, work your way up, maybe to Spam Jalepeño, depending on how daring you are.  After all, taking the plunge for spam, as those in the trade say, is a life altering decision.  And that’s the Drewth.
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