The World Eats 3 Cans of Spam Every Second

How the 77-year-old ‘miracle meat’ makes itself into a meal

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London in late December 1942 wasn’t a very merry place. The blitz had dragged into its second year, damaging or destroying nearly a million buildings. Londoners slept in the Underground each night. Over 150,000 families had no water, gas or electricity. Amid the desultory landscape, CBS broadcaster Edward R. Murrow began his Christmas broadcast for CBS radio listeners in America.

Spam Hawaiian was a pretty shrewd recipe to pitch at

postwar shoppers. Not only did over 2 million American boys

serve in the Pacific in World War II, but many also came home

with a taste for pineapple.

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