Originally Posted by Mad Cook
Would that Spam was even remotely as tasty as this description suggests! It came over here as part of the American food parcels during the second world war and stayed. Then, during food rationing when we really needed it, there might have been an excuse for it but it's still sold in supermarkets. I can't begin to understand why.
Next to Poi you could say it is the National Dish of Hawaii. It arrived there also from WWII. And it stayed. Now it comes in different flavors. Spicy, Lite, etc. Hormel is having a hard time at present to keep it on the shelves. So there must be something to it. Evidently your countrymen fell in love with it. So it has stayed. Not a bad product at all. As you read through this thread, you will see that a lot of folks eat it today. Even myself. I buy the Lite edition. Very little salt. A quick fix when I need some protein. Topped with a couple of eggs, a quick breakfast. Between two pieces of bread, a quick lunch. And served with pineapple crushed or slices, can become an elegant evening meal.
There are plenty of reasons why you still find it in your supermarkets. Because the people have spoken. They like it.