Ten ways to enjoy newly decadent peanut butter
There's terrible news on the peanut beat this week: "Peanut butter prices skyrocketing," screams the headline across the peanut butter world. And with the Fool's Gold Loaf now just a memory of the long-closed Colorado Mine Company restaurant, there's no single way to enjoy peanut butter that reigns supreme.
But here are ten ways -- some local, some not -- to enjoy peanut butter in a new way, before prices go through the roof.
This sandwich is famous, if not for its ingredients, then for its most famous eater, Elvis Presley. Made with peanut butter, bacon and fried banana, and slapped between two pieces of bread, the Elvis is all manner of gross. But if you're feeling up to it, we hear the Berkshire restaurant in Stapleton has an excellent version of this sandwich on its menu.
The Goober Burger
At the Cherry Cricket, the Goober burger combines two tastes that go great together: egg and peanut butter. Here's a photo of the burger by a Twitter user. It's not listed on the online menu, but if you ask your server for it, they'll know what you mean.
The Fool's Gold Loaf
Get this: "A single warmed, hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with one jar of creamy peanut butter, one jar of grape jelly, and a pound of bacon." The sandwich went for $50 at the long-gone Colorado Mine Company restaurant in Glendale, a suburb of Denver -- and was also a favorite of Elvis. The story goes that the king was entertaining some Colorado officials at Graceland, they got to talking about the sandwich, and before you could shake your hips, they were on a private plane to Denver to try the sandwich. Read the full story here. Here is how you make the Fool's Gold Loaf at home, courtesy of this Westword story.
Jalapeños Escabeche Stuffed with Peanut Butter
At The Fort, in Morrison, you can taste the "Food & Drink of the Early West," which apparently included jalapeños escabeche stuffed with peanut butter. This appetizer includes house-made pickled jalapeños with a mango whipped peanut butter. It'll cost you $6.
Justin's Peanut Butter Cups
Based just up the road in Boulder, Justin's Nut Butter crafts delicious peanut butter cups. Organic peanut butter + organic, fair trade chocolate. Combine that with Boulder's large number of medical marijuana dispensaries, and you have a stoner's paradise.