GENESEO, Kan. (AP) -- Believe it or not, to some people it's a pretty coveted title: National Best Spam Recipe winner.
And this year it went to Estelle Schmidt of Geneseo, who beat out nearly 1,400 others for the top honor.
Hormel Foods Corp., the producer of Spam, holds annual cooking competitions at state and county fairs. The top winner of each local competition advances to the national contest.
Schmidt's recipe for Spam cupcakes earned her the top prize at the 2000 Kansas State Fair and then the national award.
Her cupcake recipe will be featured on 10 million cans of Spam, and Schmidt will get a $2,500 shopping spree at the Mall of America in Bloomington, plus round-trip airfare and accommodations for two.
Schmidt, a cake decorator, originally tested a full-size Spam cake made of the luncheon meat, oatmeal, milk and eggs. When that failed, she came up with her winning idea of cupcakes topped with glaze, mashed potatoes and garnish.
Schmidt said her mother always fried Spam, served to their family in her childhood years. And Schmidt has expanded the recipe repertoire.
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