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Burger King adds Hawaii comfort-food Spam to menu
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 08, 2004
Posts: 301
Posted: 2007-06-11 6:14 pm   Permalink

HONOLULU - For many Americans, spam is a four-letter word for unwanted e-mail. In Hawaii, Spam is a beloved comfort food, with cans of the gelatinous pork bricks found in virtually every cupboard.

Hoping to cash in on Hawaii's love affair with the pinkish meat product, Burger King Corp. last month began offering Spam for breakfast going head-to-head with rival McDonald's Corp., which has been featuring Spam in the islands for years.

Burger King is offering the Spam Platter two slices of Spam nestled between white rice and scrambled eggs. The fast-food giant also offers the Croissanwich or Biscuit Sandwich with Spam.

Denise Yamauchi, Burger King managing director in Hawaii, said sales have been "very good and very promising."

"It's so popular with the locals, we wanted to cater to them," she said.

Putting Spam on the menu, alongside more traditional items such as the Whopper, has been in the works for about a year, and Burger King's corporate headquarters finally signed off on the idea.

"It's something that was a little unique and a little different for them, so it was a bit of a hard sell to bring to Hawaii," Yamauchi said. "But they finally realized it is a unique flavor and something the locals really like."

At a Burger King near downtown Honolulu, where a poster in the window proudly advertises "Spam in the A.M.," the Spam Platter was selling for $3.49. The nearly identical Spam, Eggs and Rice plate across the street at McDonald's was $3.39.

Melanie Okazaki, marketing manager for McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii, said Spam has been offered at the chain's 75 island restaurants since 2002.

"In Hawaii, it is a very popular menu item and we will continue to offer it to our customers," she said.

Burger King's latest offering is counter to the chain's push to offer healthier fare, including salads and the meatless BK Veggie Burger. But no one can deny Hawaii's appetite for Spam.

Despite being one of the least-populated states, Hawaii leads the nation in consumption of the Hormel Foods Corp. product. It's been a hit ever since World War II. Isle residents consume more than 5 million pounds of Spam a year, an average of about six cans for every man, woman and child.

Spam "musubi" a slice of Spam atop a block of rice and wrapped in seaweed is an island favorite sold at nearly every convenience store, including 7-Eleven. Spam fried rice is a local classic.

There are also more varieties of Spam sold in Hawaii than anywhere else. There's Spam Garlic, Spam Bacon, Spam with Cheese, Spam with Tabasco, Spam Turkey and Spam Lite, which featured less sodium and less fat.

"We're pleased to see more and more restaurants adding it to their menu, providing Hawaiians additional opportunities to experience the savory, salty-sweet taste they love," said Dan Goldman, Spam's product manager.


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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jan 13, 2006
Posts: 100
From: Orlando, FL
Posted: 2007-06-11 7:32 pm   Permalink

Does anyone else have the Monty Python SPAM song stuck in their head after reading this?

"Lovely spam, wonderful spa-a-m"

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 13, 2006
Posts: 1434
From: San Diego
Posted: 2007-06-12 08:37 am   Permalink

Funny how the big fast food places are getting into Hawaiian themes. Carl's Jr. now has a teriyaki burger. The web site has animated hula girl and a Hawaiian vacation contest.

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The Gnomon
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Joined: May 01, 2007
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From: MD-DC-VA
Posted: 2007-06-12 10:37 am   Permalink

That's SPAMalicious! SPAMtastic! It's SPAMforting to know that Jay Hormel's Spiced Ham became "SPAM", grew up with the original Mai Tai and other classic Tiki concoctions, and is still going strong.

I spent the summer in Hawaii (Oahu and Maui) in 1964. SPAM was pretty popular there then, but probably way more popular now.

The local stores in the Washington DC area have been making a big SPAM push lately, with big end displays between the aisles (or should I say the Isles) with lots of SPAMular varieties. SPAM is turning 70 (and my 70 yo SPAM is turning green...again).

ConSPAMulations to Hormel on 70 years of gelatinous pork by products in a can! McD and BK have yet to SPAMify the Washington area. I could go for a CroiSPAMwich or an Egg McSPAMfin.

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Mar 28, 2007
Posts: 92
From: Kansas City
Posted: 2007-06-13 12:13 pm   Permalink

Spam rocks for breakfast! I've been eating Spam McMuffins for breakfast when camping for years.

You just fry up some Spam slices. Then scramble some eggs, cook halfway, put cheese on top (good American cheese--I usually skip this but it works here), and cover to finish cooking. You want a little runny yolk.

Butter and toast English muffins. Put 2-3 slices of fried Spam on the muffin, and a wedge of egg/cheese. Salt and pepper and you're in HEAVEN (especially when its 30 degrees in the morning and you have a huge hangover from drinking Donn's Zombies all night--or pulling from the Cognac bottle down by the river...that's even worse).
Liquor and Drink

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jan 02, 2004
Posts: 874
From: Port Angeles, Wa
Posted: 2007-06-13 3:27 pm   Permalink

Spam eh? it sounds like it would go good with that new line of Walmart wine.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 17, 2004
Posts: 133
From: alameda, ca
Posted: 2007-06-13 6:48 pm   Permalink

what type of polynesian person are you?

Fried spam is yummy.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 22, 2003
Posts: 439
From: Kansas City
Posted: 2007-06-16 4:36 pm   Permalink

I like to make sweet & sour spam if there's no meat thawed out - flavorful & convenient.

Slathered with BBQ sauce it's just as good as a McRib.

Fried up crispy on a sandwich with lots of sauerkraut & spicy mustard will make a bad day better.

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Unkle John
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Joined: Oct 22, 2003
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From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2007-07-05 11:38 am   Permalink

Man Spam rocks!
I like it eat it right out of the can.
Just original Spam though, forget the other flavors and such.

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Mar 04, 2005
Posts: 48
From: Napertucky, Illinois
Posted: 2007-07-05 8:50 pm   Permalink

Love the bacon flavor Spam too.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 12, 2006
Posts: 431
From: Vacant lot where T. Vic's, Van. was
Posted: 2007-07-10 7:18 pm   Permalink

Okay - has anyone checked out the Spam website lately? My new second-favorite site...
...and make sure you ask "Does Spam mean spiced ham?".
A Collection of Exotic Albums! & The Sandy Warner Files

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 25, 2008
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From: Long Beach
Posted: 2010-11-28 08:44 am   Permalink


This looks ono!

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