Happy Tuesday, April 12. The world of food news is operating on a low simmer these days, buoyed as usual by a round of unfortunate (though inventive) crime and controversy. The Hamburglar of the week didn't even steal any money, just a burger and a bottle of water; this week's biggest Starbucks mishap involves a barista who labeled a drink with an unsolicited diabetes warning. It's all par for the course, but it makes us wonder: Why do readers gravitate towards petty crime and controversy? Are we all suckers for schadenfreude or does bad news simply ignite the imagination more quickly than good news?
— Either way, in more positive news: It's Ben & Jerry's free cone day. Treat yourself.
— Yesterday Hillary Clinton treated herself... to an Indian buffet at a diner in Jackson Heights, Queens, the same borough Donald Trump hails from.
— Starbucks' new rewards program launches today. Here's the TL;DR, plus how Dunkin' Donuts is making a play to lure dissatisfied Starbucks customers.
— Grim news for farmers: As the price of food drops, the amount of government subsidy to offset farmers' pay is rising, Bloomberg reports. Farmers are making less than half what they did just three years ago, and are getting the highest amount in government aid in over a decade.
— Chick-fil-A is testing a gluten-free bun... no word on if they'll start using gluten-free breadcrumbs or flour to coat their fried chicken:
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