What's out there: Corkcicles and cheese markers

December 29, 2013 

Corkcicle: Impress your wine-drinking friends when you carry a Corkcicle to your next party. Made of BPA-free plastic, it is filled with a reusable freeze gel. Put the Corkcicle in the freezer for at least two hours, then insert it into any bottle of wine (after a glass has been poured) to maintain chilled white wine or to bring reds up to their perfect temperature. You'll find it for $24.99 at World Market in Shiloh.

Cheese markers: Unlike in children's nursery rhymes, the cheese seldom stands alone at grownup parties. These stamped stainless-steel markers help curd-challenged guests tell them apart. Set of six, bleu, gouda, Cheddar, chevre, brie and Gruyere, is $19.95 at Pier 1 Imports in Fairview Heights. Sorry, no Velveeta.

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