Elvis: Just As Gross As You Remember

Nov 27th, 2007 // 15 Comments

fitforaking.jpgForbes‘s sorta banal (but perversely appetizing) look at “Extreme Eats” isn’t so much extreme in the Travel Channel “eating a pulsating frog’s heart and washing it down with a cup of bat’s milk” sense of the word as “you will have an extremely painful death if you regularly consume these deep-fried abominations.” But greasy, over-the-top junk food constructions are surely the new sign of American ingenuity, as rock’n'roll once was, and Forbes does note the infamous gastronomic impact that popular singers have had on our present extra-extra-extra-cheese culture.

Some of America’s biggest culture icons have made their mark on the extreme foods scene. Elvis Presley made famous a meal known as the Fool’s Gold Loaf, reportedly his favorite: To construct one, mix one jar of peanut butter, one jar of grape jelly and a pound of bacon. Scoop the mixture inside a hollowed-out loaf of fresh-baked bread, smother the outside in butter and bake. Elvis would eat the whole thing in one sitting–and once flew from Memphis to Denver in the middle of the night to get one from a restaurant called the Colorado Mine Company.

Named after late R&B singer Luther Vandross, this sinful sandwich consists of a bacon cheeseburger served between two glazed Krispy Kreme donuts. The increasingly popular concoction has been served up at locations as diverse as minor league ballparks and Google’s employee cafeteria.

Wait, people are actually selling the once-apocryphal donut burger to their employees? It’s amazing these corporations aren’t pushing for socialized medicine only so they won’t have subsidize their own workers’ inevitable bypasses. But while Elvis and Luther’s taste in sandwiches, long widely known among/mocked by music fans, is indeed “extreme,” both are actually overshadowed in grossness/awesomeness by the contributions of enterprising folks like you and me.

Barbecue how-to Web site Peppers and Smoke invented this beauty, which consists of a patty made from ground 100% hickory-smoked bacon. Cook in a skillet, add two slices of pepper jack cheese, and serve with Habanero potato chips.
In Philadelphia, hungry booze hounds looking for an alcohol-absorbing snack after the bars close have popularized the Philly Taco, one of the city’s famous cheesesteaks wrapped up inside of a big slice of cheese pizza.

Even as a Philadelphian who would deep fry a hoagie and cover it in nacho cheese, I’m kinda boggling at that one.

Extreme Eats [Forbes]

  1. Ned Raggett

    …can I just have a carrot?

  2. Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee

    “Man, lookit that thing… That sucker’s HUGE!!”

    /Tiny Elvis

  3. The Van Buren Boys

    My favorite has always “The Bomb” from a place where I went to school. Chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, french fries, blue cheese, hot sauce, and provolone all in a sub roll. Unfortunately it doesn’t come with a complimentary angioplasty.

  4. King of Pants

    I’m so hungry.

  5. Anonymous

    I’ve never had this but I’ve heard it’s delicious: (from wikipedia) “The horseshoe sandwich originated in Springfield, Illinois. This open-faced sandwich begins with thick-sliced toasted sourdough bread, and a couple of hamburger patties or ham. The meat is topped with french fries and smothered with a “secret” cheese sauce. With its many variations, it is a local favorite not often found outside Central Illinois.”

  6. iantenna

    i dunno about the jelly part but i can confirm that bacon and peanut butter is one of the best flavor combinations ever. anyone know its origins? my mom always made me bacon and pb sandwiches as a kid (because i was afraid of both lettuce and tomato).

  7. Cam/ron

    The California state fair often has Krispy Kreme chicken sandwiches, I still haven’t tried one as I’m still recovering from the deep-fried Twinkies. As for Elvis’s loaf, if you took out the bacon, it doesn’t sound too bad. Jelly goes well with certain meats, namely ham and turkey in a Monte Cristo sandwich, and PB actually works in a burger.

  8. Anonymous

    I can feel better about my McDonalds binges now.

  9. TheMojoPin


    “Elvis’ loaf” is aways gonna sound pretty bad.

  10. Anonymous

    When I went to grad there was a local place that served up “fireballs,” which were nuggets of fried chicken covered in hot sauce and anything else you could dream up. My favorite combo were the “fungusballs,” covered in mushrooms and cheddar, and slathered with blue cheese dressing. There were many permutations that were far worse, involving such things as bacon, chili, and french fries.

  11. tigerpop

    My vegan chicken sandwich just wept.

  12. TheMojoPin


    You’re eating a lie.

  13. Anonymous

    Jesus, I love bacon, but you don’t eat it by the pound. Except maybe on special occasions. Like Saturdays.

  14. prolixrush

    @ddb4: Who needs bacon anymore when you can just put bacon salt on everything?

  15. Richaod

    Here’s a discussion about that on an Australian music quiz show earlier this year: [www.youtube.com]

    He actually had two of those at 10 PM every day instead of AM. Classic.

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