The Elvis Fool’s Gold Loaf

When it comes to Elvis Presley, most of us have heard about the 800 calorie fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. But have you ever heard the legend about the Fool’s Gold Loaf – a sandwich made by the Colorado Mine Company (a restaurant) in Denver, Colorado? If not, get ready for an amazing Elvis tale that just happens to be true.

The 8,000 calorie Fool’s Gold Loaf sandwich consists of a single loaf of white French bread, filled with one jar of creamy peanut butter, one jar of grape jelly, and one pound of fried bacon. To prepare, the loaf is sliced lengthwise, hollowed out, covered in eight tablespoons of margarine, filled with the ingredients, and baked at 350 degrees until brown.


The sandwich’s connection to Elvis goes back to the night of February 1, 1976. Elvis was at home at Graceland in Memphis entertaining a group of friends. As the evening wore on, the conversation made its way to food and eventually to the sandwich. Before long, the King had decided that the entire group was going to Denver. After a quick limo ride to Memphis International, the party boarded the Lisa Marie and flew two hours to the Mile High City. When they arrived at 1:40 AM, the plane taxied to a special hangar where the passengers were greeted by Buck Scott, the owner of the Colorado Mine Company, his wife Cindy, and Chef Nick Andurlakis.

They presented the entourage with 30 fresh Fool’s Gold Loaves, a case of Perrier and three cases of champagne. The group spent the next two hours in the hangar devouring the food and drink. When they were done, they flew back to Memphis – without ever having left the grounds of the Denver airport.