Elvis' favourite sandwich is a sight to behold. Dubbed the "Fool's Gold Loaf", the dish is a salty, sugary melange of some of America's most popular comfort foods, all served in quantities that would make a professional eater quake in their boots.
Unsurprisingly, this notorious sandwich has attracted a lot of attention over the years. This is not least because the original recipe could set a diner back over $200.
However, there is now a way to sample The King's cheat day treat without completely blowing your shopping budget. Frankly, this is the excuse we've been waiting for.
Elvis' favourite sandwich
When he was alive, Elvis Presley's appetite was the stuff of legend. His personal preferences included bacon, banana and jelly toasties, cheeseburgers and enough oil to fill a petrol station.
However, in the great pantheon of Presley treats, the Fool's Gold Loaf stands head and shoulders above the rest.
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On the face of it, the dish sounds almost impossible to eat. The recipe was originally created by the Colorado Mining Company and includes:
- One entire loaf of French white bread
- One jar of peanut butter
- One jar of grape jelly
- An entire pound of streaky bacon
If you fancy giving the legendary Fool's Gold Load a try, here's how to make it:
- Preheat the oven to 175 °C
- Cover the loaf and bake in the oven until the bread turns golden brown
- Heat some oil in a frying pan, then add the bacon until it's crispy
- Ensure the fat has been drained from the meat
- Cut the loaf in half, lengthwise, then hollow out
- Layer the bread using the whole jar of peanut butter
- Next, add the jar of grape jelly as a second layer – be sure to use the entire contents
- Finish off by adding the bacon
- Indulge in a cardiovascular nightmare!
According to nutritional estimates, the calorie count should be anywhere between 8,000 and 42,000 for the whole thing.
At the time when Presley was chowing down, a whole sandwich cost $49.99. In today's money, that's a whopping $227.
However, if you wish to recreate the dish yourself, assembling a Fool's Gold Loaf is now far more cost-effective. Feasibly, you could find the ingredients at most supermarkets for less than $20.
Whether or not you'd want to is another matter entirely.
Elvis' Fool's Gold obsession
Despite the obvious associated health risks of a full Fool's Gold Loaf, Presley was absolutely obsessed with the dish. One story from his career highlights just how far he was prepared to go for a taste.
According to the book The Life and Cuisine of Elvis Presley, The King once flew himself and his friends by private jet all the way from Memphis Tennessee to Colorado for a helping of Fool's Gold Loaves.
Legend has it that the group bought 30 sandwiches before devouring them in an aircraft hanger in Denver. The group washed the whole thing down with bottles of Perrier and champagne.
The next time you feel guilty about having an indulgent food day, it's worth remembering that some people operate on a whole other level.