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.
The Elvis 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. The Peanuts Butter's Burger At the Rock Rest Lodge in Golden, the owners "dare you" to eat a monster variation of this burger, which is a "grilled 1/3 pound patty of Fine American Beef, topped with jack cheese & sizzling bacon, married to a generous slathering of Fine Domestic Peanut Butter!" If you can finish the thing, it's free. If not, it'll set you back $12.99.
Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Fudge Liquid Nitrogen Milk Shake At H Burger Co., which has two locations in Denver, one can order a "new school milkshake," a "distinct milkshake chilled with liquid nitrogen, creating a dense, creamy texture -- and a smoky show! The quick freeze caused by the nitrogen forms tiny ice crystals -- and the smaller the crystals, the creamier the texture!" There you have it: "new school."
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Peanut Butter Crunch At Edge at the Four Seasons in Denver, this dessert is something even us plebes can enjoy (although the attire is casual -- or so says the website). It will set you back $8, and according to our Westword food critic, it's "a classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter" that "tasted like a Butterfinger" but was amazingly constructed: "a half sphere of chocolate-encased peanut-butter mousse supporting a long, thin rectangle of chocolate embossed with the "Edge," the rest of the plate filled with a linear sprinkling of peanut-butter crumble and dots of chocolate." Enjoy.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pancakes You can order this ridiculous breakfast from one of the five Snooze locations in the Denver area. And while you shouldn't care about your weight if you're going to eat one of the flapjacks in the first place, rest assured they can do gluten-free versions.