The Year's Ten Weirdest Food Calendars

Buying calendars is a kind of a new concept. Growing up, we usually got a calendar from some local shop. Dad got a calendar filled with either babes in bikinis (or less) or cars from the local tire shop, mom placed one on the kitchen wall filled with either flowers or mountain streams -- a gift from the local grocer or dry cleaner. Sadly, people don't really get calendars as free gifts any more. This has caused an entire industry to surface. That's all well and good, and we like such a large choice, but some of these calendars are just totally bizarre. Who needs a Words and Wisdom of Sarah Palin or Exotic Chicken calendar, anyway? 

It doesn't stop at politics or poultry. We found some totally insane food calendars and are passing the ideas on to you -- just in case you want to spend 2012 looking at Spam instead of kittens.

10. Spam
Yes, we know this meat cake is iconic. First set loose upon the world in 1937, it really got a boost during World War II, when eating Spam was considered to be patriotic (apparently the sentiment was "let's suffer like the soldiers overseas"). Spam has been the brunt of many jokes, cookbooks, a song, and a slang expression for junk mail, but we really don't want to look at a pink congealed piece of pork-like jelly for an entire year. ($6.99 on

9. Martha Stewart Cupcakes
What could be worse than a regular Martha Stewart calendar? One devoted solely to cupcakes. Look, we admire Martha, we really do. That's the point! With her ability to host a dinner party for 235 people, repaint the guest bathroom, and sew little monogrammed throw pillows for each guest, she makes us feel woefully inadequate. To look at perfectly turned out cupcakes that are likely decorated for each festive holiday throughout the year is just too much. ($10.19 at

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