Buyer’s Edge Where can I find it?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - AJC LIFE - By Sabine Mor­row

My par­ents are leav­ing for a fairly long road trip in their RV, and there’s not a lot of space. Both of them like Sugar In The Raw for their cof­fee and tea. I want to get them a box of the small pack­ets, I think there’s about 200. I don’t want to have to or­der it, and I haven’t found it in stores. Is there any­where you might sug­gest? Thanks. Cathy Smith, At­lanta

Cathy, those sugar pack­ets are a great space-sav­ing idea for a home on wheels. I found Sugar In The Raw, nat­u­ral cane sugar from Hawaii, lo­cally. You can buy boxes of 200 pack­ets for $11.99 at Sta­ples, 4351 Hugh How­ell Road, Tucker, 770-621-3013.

I al­ways en­joy your col­umn. I get a kick out of the strange things that peo­ple ask you to find, and I’m al­ways im­pressed by how well you do at find­ing th­ese things. I have been con­sum­ing two squares of dark choco­late — 70 per­cent or more co­coa — a day, as I un­der­stand that dark choco­late has health ben­e­fits. How­ever, re­cently I have read that the fla­vanols (pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dants) in co­coa are de­stroyed if the co­coa is pro­cessed us­ing al­kali, which is called the “Dutch” process. As rec­om­mended, I have been try­ing to find dark choco­late bars that say non­al­kali or non-Dutch pro­cessed on the la­bel. So far I have not had any luck. Can you tell me where I can buy dark choco­late bars that are non-al­kali or non-Dutch pro­cessed? Thank you. Carolyn Far­ley, email

Thank you, Carolyn. There are sev­eral dark choco­lates on the mar­ket that aren’t pro­cessed with al­kali. You eas­ily can find a steady stock of two choices at your near­est Trader Joe’s, in­clud­ing the lo­ca­tion at 3183 Peachtree Road, At­lanta, 404-842-0907. Check out Trader Joe’s fair-trade or­ganic, 72-per­cent Bel­gian dark choco­late bars for $1.99 per 3.5-ounces. The in­gre­di­ents listed are short — or­ganic co­coa mass, or­ganic cane sugar and or­ganic co­coa but­ter. The stores also stock Dark Choco­late Lover’s choco­late bars, 85-per­cent co­coa. The in­gre­di­ents listed are co­coa mass, sugar, co­coa but­ter, soy lecithin, nat­u­ral vanilla fla­vor. A 3.5-ounce bar costs $1.69. You’ll find th­ese bars at the cash reg­is­ters.

I am look­ing for 64-ounce bot­tles of Fault­less liq­uid starch. I would like to buy it lo­cally but it seems to have van­ished from the At­lanta area. Can you find it? I think Purex makes Sta-Flo, my se­cond choice, but I can’t find that ei­ther. Lou Brack­ett, email

Lou, I didn’t find the jug of Fault­less liq­uid starch lo­cally, and the ship­ping charges when your or­der on­line are pro­hib­i­tive. How­ever, I did find your se­cond choice, Purex Sta-Flo liq­uid starch for $2.97 for 64 ounces, at Wal­mart, 1871 Cham­blee Tucker Road, Cham­blee, 770-455-0422.

Some time ago, I was out of state on busi­ness and bought a cof­fee from an out­door ven­dor near my ho­tel. I don’t re­mem­ber the cof­fee, but I re­mem­ber that I re­ally liked the cups. I’ve never been able to find them, nor does any­one around here seem to use them. I don’t have a name, but they were tan, dis­pos­able cof­fee cups that seem to have ridges that ran up and down, all along the out­side, that kept you from get­ting burned. I re­mem­ber the in­side of the cups were white. They were 10-ounce cups. Do you think there’s any chance you could find out what th­ese are? I don’t ex­pect to find them in At­lanta, but if I knew the name of them, and where to or­der, I’d be thrilled. B. Gra­ham, email

The cups you’re look­ing for are called Gen­uine Joe in­su­lated rip­ple hot cups, and they come in a va­ri­ety of sizes, in­clud­ing the 10-ounce. The tex­ture sort of re­sem­bles cor­ru­gated card­board. You can or­der them through Ama­, and a pack of 25 10-ounce cups sells for $6. Oddly enough, if you want the lids, which are sold sep­a­rately, you’ll pay $9.33 for a pack­age of 50 lids, which is the min­i­mum you can buy through Ama­zon. But, for the price, you eas­ily can splurge for two or­ders of the cups. Hav­ing trou­ble find­ing a par­tic­u­lar item? We’ll try to help you lo­cate it. Be­cause of the vol­ume of mail, we can­not track down ev­ery re­quest. Write to us at Buyer’s Edge Find It, The At­lanta Journal-Con­sti­tu­tion, 223 Perime­ter Cen­ter Park­way N.E., At­lanta, GA 30346; email sabinem. mor­ (in­clude your name, the city you live in and a day­time phone num­ber).

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