On yesterday morning's radio show, I spoke about convenience store Spam rice balls I found the other day at my local convenience store... Which I was surprised about because you usually only see these things in places like Hawaii or Saipan... Now they sell them in Tokyo?
Do people actually buy these things?
"Imported" from Okinawa...
Then a few days after finding the spam rice ball, I find a news story about new Spam flavored Macadamia nuts that recently went on sale in Hawaii.
The LA Times had the story entitled: Spam-flavored nuts exist, people!:
When you think of Spam, a satisfying crunch isn't exactly the sensation that comes to mind. It's more of a soft, squishy bite, unless you're talking about Spam-flavored macadamia nuts. But if you're imagining little pink nuts covered in some sort of Spam meat dust, you should be warned that there is no actual Spam in, on, or around the nuts.
The nuts are made by the Hamakua Macadamia Nut Co. in Hawaii. According to President and Co-Owner Richard Schnitzler, the nuts get their Spam flavor from a special Hormel seasoning blend.
"Spam has a cult following in Hawaii and so it seemed like a good idea," Schnitzler said.
The company developed the meat-free flavoring with Hormel. The nuts were tested at a show in New York about three years ago, and according to Schnitzler, the sales have been solid ever since.
Spam flavored Macademia nuts? Yuck!
Well ,like I said, I spoke about these things as a big joke on my show, but maybe the joke is on me... Because, the same night as the radio show, I was at our favorite sushi restaurant and there, lo and behold, they had Spam sushi on the menu!!!!
You kidding me? I, of course, just had to order one even though I hate Spam.
Makes for a funny photo...
But, anyway, as on my radio show yesterday and this blog right now, I am your humble reporter just reporting the facts.
.... It's a worldwide 'Spam Boom!' Fear. People. Fear.
And you heard it here first....See? I told you! That just shows how much of a fashion and trend leader I am!!!!
Yes. It does look terrible... There's a reason for that!
Do you like Spam, Sam?
No I do not like Spam, Sam I am!
Oh, sorry in Okinawa it's not called Spam... It's called "Canned pork"
"Canned pork"? Mmmmm.... That sounds even better!
If you want to order Spam Flavored Macadamia Nuts, here they are on Amazon! http://www.amazon.com/Spam-Macadamia-Nuts-4-5-Oz/dp/B004N9RTRQ