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As part of Y&H’s totally random attempts to inject culinary history into this blog, I’ve pinched this nugget from the “1943” section of The Food Chronology. It helps explain why Hawaiians love Spam, why Brits have no taste, and why Soviet troops were able to defeat the Germans at Murmansk.

Spam, introduced 6 years ago by George A. Hormel Co., becomes all too familiar to GIs on every war front but is eagerly adopted by residents of Hawaii, where being able to afford canned goods is a mark of status. British troops (and civilians) consider the luncheon meat a delicacy, and quantities of it are shipped to Murmansk for Soviet troops on the eastern front.

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