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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 Amazon.com, 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. firstname.lastname@example.org (include your name, the city you live in and a daytime phone number).