Elvis and the Fool’s Gold Loaf

Firstly, what’s a Fool’s Gold Loaf:

Fool’s Gold Loaf is a sandwich made by a restaurant in Denver, Colorado called the Colorado Mine Company (often erroneously referred to as the Colorado Gold Mine Company). The sandwich consists of a single loaf of hollowed out, warmed bread filled with one jar of creamy peanut butter, one jar of grape jelly, and a pound of bacon. The name of the sandwich is derived from its price of $49.95. In later years, it was priced closer to $100 for the sandwich and a bottle of Dom Pérignon.

From Wikipedia:

On the night of February 1, 1976, Elvis Presley was at his home Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee entertaining Capt. Jerry Kennedy of the Denver Colorado police force, and Ron Pietrafeso of Colorado’s Strike Force Against Crime. The three men began discussing the sandwich and Elvis decided he wanted one right then. The Mine Company was a five-star restaurant known for its rip-roaring parties and as the ‘place’ to be seen at the time. Elvis had been to the restaurant before while in Denver. Kennedy and Pietrafeso were friends of the owners and hung out there often, so they were driven to the Memphis airport and boarded Elvis’s private jet, the Lisa Marie, and flew the two hours to Denver. When they arrived in Denver at 1:40 AM, the plane taxied to a special hangar where the passengers were greeted by the owner of the Colorado Mine Company, Buck Scott, and his wife Cindy who had brought 22 fresh Fool’s Gold Loaves for the men. They spent three hours in the hangar eating the sandwiches, washing them down with Perrier and champagne. Presley invited the pilots of the plane, Milo High and Elwood Davis, to join them. When they were done, they flew back to Memphis without ever having left the airport.[1]

Elvis, one of our patron saints of bacon.


  1. i read the description
    “loaf of hollowed out, warmed bread filled with one jar of creamy peanut butter, one jar of grape jelly, and a pound of bacon”
    and suddenly i had to poop.

  2. $49.95 seems a bit steep, when you could do this, even with good bakery bread, all-natural PB&J, and organic bacon, for probably half that or less.

    Still… I don’t think I could eat even a bite of one. Just not appealing.

    Thankya… thankyaverramuch.

  3. When I lived in NYC, my friend had an Elvis recipe party where everyone got a page out of the just released Elvis cookbook and had to bring that recipe. I was crestfallen when the person assigned to Fool’s Gold Loaf didn’t show. I just had peanut butter and banana sandwiches and deep fried pickle chips along with my bitter tears for dinner.

    No one I have ever talked to since has believed that this was a real thing.

  4. @ err: LOLOLOL!

    @ Debbe: Yes, my thoughts exactly. Or better yet, hire a chef to improve the recipe so that you don’t feel embarrassed for charging so much. Thick cut applewood smoked backon, roasted peanuts ground into natural peanut butter, fresh fruit or a sprig of some pretentious herb…SOMEthing.

    Elvis was notorious for having a taste for groceries found on the Price is Right. He was country.

    @ Josh: Sorry I failed to bring the pimento loaf-Nutter Butter casserole but I couldn’t get the cheese out of the can.

  5. Patron Saint of Bacon, you just might have something there! must now go check availability of domain name patronsaintsofbacon.com

  6. I understand the Fools’ Gold Loaf fulfills the daily caloric intake requirement for the population of a small town, yet comes up short for fiber. No wonder the King died “on the throne”.

  7. I would love to have heard the conversation in which it was decided to bring 22 of these. Someone’s got to turn this into a play.

  8. if you really want to learn about Elvis and his food, find a copy of “The Burger and the King”. A BBC documentary from the early 90s., It traces Elvis’ culinary journey from wild rabbit in depression era Mississippi to chipped beef in the army to Fool’s gold loaf as a superstar . Includes scenes of all being prepared (with on-screen recipes!) by authentic regional cooks, including his actual cook from Graceland. The movie was shown on Cinemax in the US a handful of times, but was withdrawn after lawsuit threats from the Presley estate. Guess they didn’t feel it cast the proper light on Elvis.

    Anyway, the torrents are your friend to find this, but it’s worth it just for the sheer overindulgence.

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