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Eatable News: Pope Francis on a pizza and more food stories we're devouring

Karen Miner is the Food & Home Editor for SheKnows. She is a freelance writer, recipe developer and is also the cook, author and photographer behind the food blog, Tasty Trials, a collection of original recipes and stories. She and her h...

New Starbucks menu hacks, Pope Francis' likeness on a pizza and more food news you need to read

At SheKnows Food, we spend a lot of time reading about — you guessed it — food (and drinks too!). And we’ve come across some stories that are too good to not share. Here are the food items from the week that you don’t want to miss.

1. The question isn't why would you want a keyboard waffle iron, it's why wouldn't you?

Round waffles? Yawn. Square waffles? Double yawn. Keyboard-shaped waffles? Now we're talking. Because as Delish so astutely pointed out, this particular shape is a dream come true for syrup lovers. Just look at all those cavities waiting to be filled with melted butter and maple goodness. — Delish

2. Attention: There are bananas that taste like ice cream

Today in fruit news that makes us want to move to Hawaii: ice cream bananas (also known as blue java bananas). These magical bananas have hints of vanilla and are sweeter, fluffier and creamier than our usual boring bananas, giving them an ice cream-like resemblance. They're available in tropical climates, but if you're stuck in one of the contiguous 48 states, we suggest just eating banana ice cream. We won't judge. — The Huffington Post

More: If you've been glutened by Cheerios, the FDA wants to know

3. Pancake selfies? Why not?

We're a world obsessed with selfies, as proven by the selfie stick, the selfie spoon and now, pancake selfies. That's right... your face on a hotcake. Holiday Inn Express is behind this latest selfie gimmick, and it's rolling around in a food truck through September, putting your mug on flapjacks. Why the hell not? — Foodbeast

4. Of course someone made a Pope Francis pizza

Whether or not an event has anything to do with food, we can always find a way to make it about food. Proof: Bleecker Street Pizza in New York commemorated Pope Francis' visit with his likeness on a pie. It took Chef Tony Salihaj three hours to complete this masterpiece, but we think it was well worth the time. Just look at that detail. — New York Post

More: Michael Procopio talks writing, eating and his stance on pumpkin spice lattes

5. How to make mac and cheese better

It might not seem possible to improve upon the classic pasta-cheese combo, but Chef Dom Tesoriero of Food Network Star fame does just that. His New York food truck, Mac Truck, specializes in everyone's favorite comfort food, and his tips for over-the-top mac and cheese are worth reading. Ditch the blue box, and try some of these drool-worthy ideas. Even a quick breadcrumb treatment will give you an instant flavor boost. — PopSugar

More: Is the new bottled Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino as good as the real thing?

6. New Starbucks flavor = new Starbucks menu hacks

Whenever Starbucks releases a new flavor, it presents the opportunity for new drink hacks. The latest Toasted Graham Latte opened up a whole new world of tasty concoctions, and Refinery29 has them all figured out. If the Pumpkin Spice Latte isn't quite doing it for you, add a few pumps of Toasted Graham syrup, and suddenly you're drinking a pumpkin pie. Get 'em while you can... the syrup will be available for only a limited time. — Refinery29

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