Today I Learned: SPAM Is a Portmanteau of ‘Spiced Ham’


Go ahead and call me an idiot. What kind of food blogger am I. How could I have possibly have gone 22 years without knowing that SPAM wasn’t just a nifty piece of branding wordsmithery, but that it actually stood for something? Something good and real and, albeit dubiously, delicious?

Well, I didn’t. But at least now you won’t have to face the same embarrassment as me.

According to TIME Newsfeed, the 76-year-old meat product originally known as Hormel Spiced Ham changed its name to “Spam” in 1937, on the suggestion of one of the Hormel executive’s brothers. Because the canned protein contains actually little ham, however, the company instead suggested the letters stood for “Shoulder of Pork and Ham” – and not “Special Processed American Meat,” “Some Parts Are Meat” or any other of the brilliant backronyms pop culture has blessed us with over the years. Answering life’s questions, so you don’t have to.

H/T TIME Newsfeed + PicThx WPMU


Here’s How to Make Spam & Peanut Butter Cookies

I’m a huge fan of putting together two foods, each glorious in its own right, to create a culinary beast of awesomeness. (Hello, Corn Dog Brownies and Bacon-Stuffed Peeps!) So I was super excited to hear that Hormel, the makers of the good kind of Spam — yes there is a good kind, is buying peanut butter powerhouse Skippy! You can read more about it here. And then, you can make these Spam and Skippy cookies.

I thought it fitting to use Skippy’s Classic Peanut Butter Cookie recipe as a base. So thank you, Skippy. Thank you, Hormel. And you’re welcome, world.


Spam and Skippy Cookies


  • 2 1/2c flour
  • 1t baking powder
  • 1t baking soda
  • 1/4t salt
  • 1c Skippy® Peanut Butter
  • 12T butter, softened
  • 3/4c sugar
  • 3/4c packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1t vanilla
  • 1 bag Reese’s Minis, chopped (I quartered them.)
  • 1 1/2c Spam, diced and candied (To candy Spam, toss in 1/3c brown sugar and bake at 425° F for 11 to 13 minutes).


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in small bowl; set aside.
  3. Beat PB and butter in electric mixer until smooth.
  4. Beat in sugars, then eggs and vanilla until blended.
  5. Mix in flour mixture just until blended, then stir in Spam and Reese’s.
  6. Scoop 2T of dough into balls, arrange cookies on parchment-ed baking sheet, and gently flatten each cookie with the bottom of a cup.
  7. Bake 12 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool completely on wire rack and prepare to have your mind blown.

The candied Spam gives the cookie a nice chewy aspect (it’s like bacon but chunkier), and I think the addition of the Reese’s really brings out the flavor of the peanut butter. This was, surprisingly, an impressive cookie.

And do you know what else is impressive? With this recipe, you’ll discover that you will have some leftover Spam. Just enough for a lovely Peanut Butter and Jelly Spamwich for lunch…


and an afternoon snack of Ants on a Log (of Spam)…


Enjoy! I know I did!