Chicago restaurant charges $480 for peanut butter sandwich

It is usually the most humble of sandwich varieties, but a restaurant in Chicago has been making headlines for its outrageously decadent peanut butter sambo – that costs $480.

The “Golden Goose” sandwich at Chicago eatery PB&J is an American-style peanut butter and jelly sandwich that uses a variety of premium ingredients to justify its eye-watering price tag.

The sandwich is made with “toasted edible gold leaf bread”, peanut butter that’s all natural, New Zealand manuka honey and the “world’s most expensive” seedless redcurrant jam from France, and needs to be ordered a day in advance.

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“A few” of the sandwiches have been sold since PB&J added it to its menu, Fox News reported.

Incredibly, it’s not the only ridiculously pricey peanut butter and jelly sandwich that’s been sold to hungry Americans – a now-closed San Diego restaurant was flogging them for $409.

That sandwich was made with peanut butter, jelly, blueberries, bananas, bacon, and two toothpicks made from sterling silver and plated with gold.

PB&J co-owner Matthew McCahill said the Golden Goose was also inspired by food memories from his childhood.

“The inspiration actually comes from when I was a child and we grew up very poor and we were eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and then just peanut butter sandwiches, and then just peanut butter,” he said, according to Fox News.

“As I researched to find who had the most expensive PB&J, there was a restaurant in California that is now closed and has been for years and all they did was take a gold toothpick.”

To outdo the San Diego sandwich, Mr McCahill and his brother and fellow co-owner Josh McCahill decided to bake gold leaf into the bread.

While it seems ridiculously decadent, there’s an altruistic reason for the Golden Goose’s massive price tag – a portion of all sales goes towards a Chicago charity that supports the city’s homeless youth.

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