Jack in the Box has exciting news for Sourdough Patty Melt fans

Generally speaking, Jack in the Box is not for the faint of heart. The place is basically named after a coulorophobe's nightmare fuel: a clown that springs out at you from a box that you crank, making you the vehicle of your own fear. The chain's eponymous mascot, Jack, didn't even bother to join Ronald McDonald in the less creepy region of the uncanny valley, instead sporting an oversized ping-pong ball of a head and a chillingly lifeless, blank-eyed smile.

Even if we don't know Jack about the clown's appeal, we know that the chain's food probably has a special place in the hearts and arteries of fans. As Eat This, Not That! observes, much of the chain's menu is what might be described as a fat-stravaganza swimming in grease. In 2019, Jack in the Box even celebrated National Greasy Food Day by doling out free burgers (via Thrillist).

One of Jack in the Box's most celebrated burgers is the Sourdough Patty Melt, which consists of a beef patty with grilled onions, mayo, and melted Swiss cheese on a toasted sourdough bun. As a review by Brand Eating put it, "Overall, Jack in the Box's Sourdough Patty Melt turned out well especially if all you really want in a burger is meat and cheese." Clearly, Jack didn't think out of the box when crafting this simple sandwich, but it got the job done. Unfortunately, it lost its job filling the stomachs of customers. But all is not lost. 

The Sourdough Patty Melt springs back to life

As reported by Chew Boom, Jack in the Box has decided to revive its Sourdough Patty Melt for a limited time. You can order it alone or as part of a $4.99 combo that comes with fries and a drink. Obviously, for fans of the sandwich, this news might strike a bittersweet tone. They know that this oral joy won't last. At the same time, it's kind of brilliant on the part of Jack in the Box. Investopedia points out that scarcity drives up demand for a good. Limited time offers certainly fit that bill, and many fans will gladly foot the bill that comes along with them. But there's arguably an even deeper genius at play.

Just as Jack-in-the-Box springs up only to be put away again, so too has the Sourdough Patty Melt sprung up, only to be buried again afterward. It's almost like you're eating a greasy clown. Sounds delicious, right?