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Spam Musubi
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One of the best ways to eat the truly versatile (and oh-so tasty) meat known as Spam is in a Spam musubi, of course. If you’ve never had one, all you have to do is picture a sushi roll and a can of Spam having a baby. And if that not-so-elegant description I conjured up is not exactly whetting your appetite, trust me, you’re wrong. Here’s a better picture: A piece of grilled Spam (often marinated with a sweet sauce) atop a block of rice (sometimes seasoned with sesame seeds or furikake) and wrapped with nori.

Spam, originally created in 1937 in Minnesota, really took off during World War II when it became part of soldiers’ diets. Where the troops went, they introduced Spam. It’s believed that Barbara Funamura, a Japanese-American woman from Hawaii, created the Spam musubi.

While Spam musubi has been beloved in Hawaii since then, it has gained even more fans across the United States in recent years due to the reemergence of Spam on menus and in popular culture. So it’s no surprise that there is an actual National Spam Musubi Day (August 8). And why not celebrate the snack? It’s comforting, tasty, umami-packed, and downright delightful.

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To mark the occasion, Spam shared some fun takes on the Spam Musubi, which you can see below. Mac and Cheese Musubi? Sign me up.

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