National Glazed Spiral Ham Day

National Glazed Spiral Ham Day is observed next on Saturday, April 15th, 2023 (67 days from today).

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A day with fulfill of Glazed spiral ham is so great that there is a special day for it, called National Glazed Spiral Ham Day.

Traditionally, a machine-cut ham or spiral slice is glazed with sugar, honey, or orange sauce, and then grilled. Spices such as cloves, mustard, or Worcestershire sauce (to taste) may be added to the taste of the eater. On April 15 of every year, there is National Glazed Spiral Ham Day in order to commemorate Glazed Ham’s gourmet dish.

Why National Glazed Spiral Ham Day?

Ham has long been a British favorite for breakfast. In ordinary consumption, this is a relatively thin slice of pork with a thick line of fat (by width) on one of its sides. Of course, you can always choose to have no fat in your ham.

Going into detail, ham is a boneless piece of pork, either machine-processed or cut directly from the meat. It is usually served cold. There are many different forms of ham consumption, mainly eaten with or without bread or used as an ingredient to prepare dishes such as noodles or toppings on pizza.

Spiral hams are made possible thanks to a device invented in the 1940s by Harry J. Hoenselaar. The machine cuts the meat into uniform, continuous spirals. The HoneyBaked Ham Store was born in 1957, in the basement of Hoenselaar. Today, the company has more than 400 stores worldwide and sells glazed spiral hams during the festive seasons. This glaze is what makes the ham so special. The recipe of this particular yeast used by the HoneyBaked Ham Store is still unknown to the general public. The secret recipe is kept in strict secrecy; this is a highly confidential document.

Even after 1981, when the patent on enameled spiral ham owned by Hoenselaar expired, many food companies and eateries continued to serve such ham preparations, thanks to the former inventor figure out the formula.

The event is held in mid-April because the glazed spiral ham is an Easter favorite.

History of National Glazed Spiral Ham Day

There is no clear evidence about the origin as well as the creator of National Glazed Spiral Ham Day. It was only known that this dish, often found at a holiday party, originated in the basement of Harry J. Hoenselaar.

In 1952, the businessman in Detroit, Michigan, patented not only his spiral slicer, but also ham glaze. His innovative device made it possible for whole deli meat with bones to be sliced ​​in a continuous and even spiral. The result is not only perfect for baking but also for serving. The resulting slices present a beautiful main course meal. Until 1957, HoneyBaked Ham was founded by Hoenselaar.

Since 1981, there are many companies offering glazed spiral hams. However, we go on to thank Harry J. Hoenselaar for making them a possibility.

Traditional glazed ham is baked with a cover mixing of sugar, honey or orange juice. Seasonings are often added to taste.

Some fun truths about National Glazed Spiral Ham Day

Here are some fun facts about hams, glazed spiral hams and Honey-baked hams, part of why we're on holiday!

  • The Hormel Company of Austin, Minnesota, was the first one that started selling canned hams since 1926.
  • The origins of Glazed Ham recipes can be traced back to 1940s newspaper articles.
  • Each HoneyBaked Ham is carefully selected by hand.
  • The recipe for the yeast is used by the HoneyBaked Ham Store in the glazed spiral ham that they prepare in secret. Many workers don't even know the company's secret recipe.
  • During the Apollo 13 Mission, a CO2 filter was made from duct tape and enameled ham.
  • A slice of glazed ham usually lasts a week.
  • Glazed ham is not only an Easter dish but also quite popular during Christmas festivities.
  • A slice of spiral glazed ham typically weighs 3g and has 160 calories, with 57% of that being fat.
  • The machine invented by Hoenselaar, used to cut ham into spirals, was patented in 1944, while the prototype was built in 1936.

How to celebrate National Glazed Spiral Ham Day

  • Cook other big meals: National Spiral Glazed Ham Day is usually celebrated by glazing ham slices with sugar, honey or orange juice, grilling and then using the barbecue to prepare other feasts.

However, glazed ham can also be served as is, if you want to try it in some form other than baking.

  • Carry on Ham's Legacy: Don't Let Your Ham's Leftovers Go to Waste! You can use the remaining cold cuts to make salads or sandwiches the next day. You can always try Dijon Honey Glazed Ham if you are looking for such a recipe.
  • Spread the Love: Post pictures of your celebration and party with the hashtag #NationalGlazedSpiralHamDay on your social media. Let more people know about your culinary skills and this fascinating festival.


National Glazed Spiral Ham Day has been observed annually on April 15th.


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