The Velveeta® Elvis Not-So-Trivial Parody Game

Celebrating the famous cheese loaf AND "The King of Rock 'n' Roll". No app download required.


By Isette Façìon | Posted 1/24/24 | Updated 2/6/24


Black Velvet ElvisOne of Elvis Presley's favorite expressions was "TCB" (Taking Care of Business) so he'd totally want you to know that the "Velveeta Elvis" parody game is a deliberate exaggeration of the brands for comic effect, and is not affiliated with the manufacturer of the Velveeta® "cheese analogue" loaf, nor with the Elvis Presley estate.

Of course you'd want to know that Velveeta® is a registered trademark of the Kraft Heinz Company. I'll make sure to help you circle back to "remember" that by zetting the little r-circle thingy (®) next to its name throughout. Yeah, zetting is a word now, but if Urban Dictionary picks it up later for some nefarious use, pay no attention.

All that to say, this not-so-trivial parody game is inspired by the indelible impressions both icons have made in food, pop culture, and Rock 'n' Roll history and a small nod to when I learned how to use a cheese harp (wire) as a child on the large, rectangular block, in what I'd like to consider my first attempts at sculpting. Indeed, cheese is a medium.

Not to keep you from the recipe on this page, you might want to jump to the rest of the story before playing the game, because it's riddled with clues.


Ready? Set… Game!

Hover over answers for results.

Cheese HarpQuestion 1: In which year did Elvis Presley release his iconic song "Heartbreak Hotel"?

1953

1956

1972


Question 2: When was Velveeta® cheese first introduced to the market?

1879

1911

1928


Question 3: What Elvis hit features the lyrics "Wise men say only fools rush in, but I can't help falling in love with you"?

Can't Help Falling in Love

Jailhouse Rock

Blue Suede Shoes


Question 4: What is the primary ingredient in Velveeta® cheese?

Yellow

Milk

Oil


BananaQuestion 5: What is a "Velvet Elvis"?

A Painting on a Velvet Canvas

Blue Suede Shoes

A Hair style


Question 6: Which Elvis song was the first to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart?

Hound Dog

Burning Love

Suspicious Minds


Question 7: In what form is Velveeta® cheese typically sold?

Wheels

Block or Loaf

Triangles


Question 8: What upbeat Elvis song declares, "You ain't nothin' but a hound dog"?

Hound Dog

You're the Devil in Disguise

A Little Less Conversation


Question 9: Who sang the 1990 Billboard Hot 100 Hit "Black Velvet"?

Whitney Houston

Alannah Myles

Pat Benatar


Question 10: Velveeta® cheese is known for its smooth and creamy texture. What process gives it this consistency?

Melting and Emulsifying

Smoothing and Stirring

Solidifying and Aggregating


Question 11: What small item was Elvis known to be a collector of?

Airplanes

Police Badges

Shot Glasses


Question 12: Velveeta® is often used in the preparation of which popular dish?

Macaroni and Cheese

Cheese and Crackers

Nacho Cheese Dip


Wonder BreadQuestion 13: On what city streets did the kitschy "Velvet Elvis" paintings become popular in the 1970s?

Memphis

Tijuana

Honolulu


Question 14: What is a "cheese harp"?

Slang for 'a Nag'

A Musical Instrument

A Cheese Slicer


Question 15: Time to shop! Elvis is hungry. Can you find find this list of eats 'n things somewhere on this page:

  • 6 Boxes of Velveeta Cheese Loaf
  • 2 Bananas
  • 4 Cheese Harps
  • 1 Slice of Melty Cheese
  • 1 Loaf of Wonder® Bread

Question 16 Elvis was a __________ in karate and was passionate about __________.

Yellow bandana, eating bananas

Green belt, language arts

Black belt, martial arts


Question 17: Is the 'Velveeta Elvis' game affiliated with Kraft or the Elvis estate?

Yep!

What does that mean?

Nope!


Question 18: Velveeta® is a popular choice for making dips. What is one famous dip that often features Velveeta?

Deep Dip

Rotel Dip

Back-To-Back Dip


Question 19: Who did Elvis open for in his first live performance in Memphis in 1954?

Slim Jim

Slim Whitman

Slim Pickin's


CheeseQuestion 20: Which company originally introduced Velveeta® cheese to the market?

Kraft

Nestle

The Velveeta Cheese Company


Question 21: What Elvis Presley song became associated with his 1968 comeback special and includes the lyrics "If you're looking for trouble, you came to the right place"?

Trouble

Double

Too Much!


Question 22: What is the color of the original Velveeta® cheese?

White

Pale Yellow

Orange


Question 23: Which Elvis Presley song was part of the soundtrack for the film "Blue Hawaii" and became a chart-topping hit?

Blue Hawaii

Rock-a-Hula Baby

Can't Help Falling in Love


Question 24: Velveeta® is sometimes referred to as a "processed cheese product." What does this term indicate?

It contains additional ingredients beyond natural cheese.

It's made to fit into a box.

You don't need to refrigerate it after breaking the seal.


Question 25: How many siblings did Elvis have?

None

Two Sisters

One Brother


Question 26: Velveeta® cheese is known for its melting properties. What dish is often made with Velveeta for its gooey, melty goodness?

French Onion Dip

Pico de Gallo

Queso Dip


CheeseQuestion 27: Pamela Liflander's "Velvet Artist" painting kit has high praise on Amazon.

True

False



Question 29: What was Presley's most successful movie?

Jailhouse Rock

Blue Hawaii

Viva Las Vegas


Question 30: How many song titles are mentioned in the questions in this game?

12

2

23


Black Velvety Elvis

Other References to "The King"

Black Velvet ElvisEver wonder where the phrase "Velvet Elvis" came from? Or what "Black Velvet" means in the song sang by Alannah Myles? Both pay tribute to The King and capture the essence of his impact on the world of music and popular culture.

CheatGPT says that Myles "used the metaphor of 'Black Velvet' to evoke the timeless and captivating qualities of Elvis Presley's voice and persona in her homage to the legendary musician, likening it to the smooth and rich texture of black velvet.' And, "the lyrics describe the allure and charisma of Elvis, portraying him as a musical and cultural icon." Then there's the color, of course. "The color black is often associated with mystery, elegance, and depth, emphasizing the depth and richness of Elvis's influence on the music industry."

Black Velvet ArtistIt's possible that Christopher Ward and David Tyson, writers of "Black Velvet" were inspired by a "Velvet Elvis" when penning the song. The kitschy 70s paintings of the singer became a meme on the streets of Tijuana, where dark-colored velvet was a popular medium in the era when Elvis "left the building" for the final time in 1977.

Today you might spot a gallery of Velvet Elvis paintings in a parking lot flea market and can get a better appreciation for the painting process from the poor reviews of Pamela Liflander's Black Velvet Artist Kit. I, for one, think that one new at black velvet painting should start with a larger canvas. Speaking of which, I once met an Elfis impersonator with pointy ears. Some ADVENTure that was!


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