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Slice of History: Elvis Falls For the Fool's Gold Loaf

August 23, 2010 7:03 am · Posted by Nancy Einhart

Peanut butter and banana sandwiches and Elvis Presley are forever linked. The King's favorite appears on the diner menu at Graceland, and Peanut Butter and Co. in New York serves an Elvis sandwich that's a PB&B, plus honey and bacon. If you think that sounds decadent, sit down to the tale of Elvis and the Fool's Gold Loaf.

According to The Life and Cuisine of Elvis Presley, legend has it that in 1976, Elvis hopped a plane from Memphis to Denver and back in a single night just to get his jaws around a sandwich called the Fool’s Gold, served at the Colorado Mine Company restaurant in Denver. He'd been reminiscing about the delicious $50 sandwich when he decided to sate his friends' curiosity by flying them to Denver for a very extreme takeout order.

Serving eight to 10 people and containing more than 40,000 calories, the Fool’s Gold may be the most quintessentially American sandwich ever created.

The Fool's Gold Loaf is based on the PB&J, a classic concoction with an all-American pedigree: Peanut butter is a U.S. invention, mass-produced from a homegrown crop; sliced bread was dreamed up by an American inventor; and it was U.S. soldiers in World War II who first popularized the putting of the PB with the J.

But the Fool’s Gold goes a step further: It also contains meat (specifically, a pound of bacon), which was a rare luxury for early European immigrants until they arrived in the U.S. Served on an enormous Italian roll, the Fool’s Gold is a utilitarian PB&J made utterly decadent, embodying the history of American sandwiches in one tidy loaf. If there were any doubt, the moment the original American rock star sat down to devour one of these babies by himself fully cemented sandwiches’ reputation as the quintessential American food.

Photo courtesy of Insanewiches

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