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Bite-sized news: Hungry for the latest food updates?

Hungry for the latest food updates? Check out these bite-sized portions of food news, which are hot off the griddle.

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Hold the pickles! Cheeseburger wrapping paper set is perfect for burger lovers

This holiday season, wrapping gifts might make you hungry. For the food lover in your life (or anyone who can appreciate whimsy), Gift Couture has created a realistic cheeseburger wrapping paper set (seen above).

The company uses realistic photography to create its cheeseburger set: two sheets of bun paper and one sheet each of patty, cheese, lettuce and tomato paper. For $20 you get the whole set, or you can purchase individual sheets (all sized 27 x 40 inches) for $5 each, say, if your special someone really loves tomatoes!

You can order the mouthwatering paper at Kickstarter. Who knows what gourmet gift wrap the future holds — ice cream sandwiches or maybe a club sandwich?

Food recall: Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain White Rice Garden Vegetable

Mars Food US is recalling its Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain White Rice Garden Vegetable product due to a supplier mistakenly including an undeclared milk ingredient in its seasoning mix. People with milk allergies are advised not to eat the rice, as it could cause a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

To date, there have not been any claims of illness due to the issue. The recalled product includes the following label information:

Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain White Rice Garden Vegetable 4.7 oz (133 g) boxes
UPC code of 54800 40778
Best before: 08/12
Code dates: 133BA4RP06 and 133BB4RP06

This is the only Uncle Ben’s product affected. Consumers can return the product to where it was purchased for a refund.

Questions? Call the Uncle Ben’s Consumer Care line: (800) 548-6253, between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday – Friday, or visit Uncle Ben’s.

“Brew” takes on new meaning: Starbucks to offer wine, and beer at some Chicago locations

“I’ll have a grande cabernet sauvignon please.” Not sure if that’s how the order process will go, but it might! In 2012, several Starbucks coffee shops in the Chicago area will have a new menu: Beer, wine and small plates will be offered after 2 p.m.

The coffee giant tested the concept in several shops in the Pacific Northwest with success. The new menu will be aimed at increasing evening sales and will also entertain guests with poetry, live music and other live theater. The Chicago-based locations will include existing shops that will be remodeled as well as some that will be newly built.

Only time will tell if Starbucks will expand this concept to a coffee shop near you!

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