Q: I don’t remember where I purchased a box of Crows mild black licorice, but I would love to buy more. My husband looked online but they were quite expensive. Thanks so much if you can locate them locally. Barbara Martin, Atlanta
A: Barbara, Tootsie Crows licorice-flavored gumdrops are often sold in local drugstores, but none of the ones I checked had the candy in stock. I was told that it’s usually a Halloween seasonal item, but that candy is already on store shelves. However, I did end up finding a steady supply of Crows at Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop, 115 Clairmont Ave., Decatur, 404-565-0156. A 6.6-ounce box of the black gumdrops sells for $2.49.
Q: I’m looking for a spice similar to pumpkin pie spice, but it’s made for cakes. I’m not much of a baker, and keeping a lot of spices around that will only get stale seems a waste. Someone told me about a mix called cake spice, but she didn’t know where it was available. It’s not in the baking section of any grocery stores I’ve visited. Please help me locate this. Thanks. K. Morris, email
A: You’ll find this fragrant combination at Penzeys Spices, 6269 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, 404-256-7970. Penzeys cake spice can be used in place of cinnamon in any baking recipe, and it combines cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg, allspice, ginger and cloves. Cake spice comes in 1/4 cup container for $3.99; 1/2 cup, $6.95 and a 3/4 cup bag sells for $8.69.
Q: I seem to have trouble finding plain fat-free crumbled feta cheese. I like it in salads, but the ones I usually find have herbs or seasonings, and that’s not what I’m looking for. Thanks. John Parker, email
A: John, you’ll be glad to know that Trader Joe’s offers an excellent plain crumbled feta cheese that’s fat free, and each one-ounce serving contains only 35 calories. You’ll find the pink-and-white plastic tub in the cheese section at most Trader Joe’s locations, including the one at 3183 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 404-842-0907. A 6-ounce tub of Trader Joe’s crumbled fat-free feta cheese sells for $2.99.
Q: Where can I find a hot cereal called ProNutro, in the chocolate flavor? My granddaughter has been travelling abroad and has come home with a whole new set of favorite foods, many of which I can’t seem to find. I’d love to surprise her with this if you can help me find it. Thank you. Lynn Stuart, email
A: Made with corn and soy, this chocolate flavored instant porridge from South Africa contains no wheat. Bokomo ProNutro also is available in original and banana flavors. All three flavors sell for $6.99 each at The Queen’s Pantry, 4235 Merchants Walk Drive, Marietta, 678-483-0900.