Q: I read your column every week without fail. Over the years, it has been so much help to me, and very often brought back fond memories. While I could easily beg you to locate probably at least a dozen things, I’ll focus on only one at this time. I’d love to find a favorite chocolate candy from back in the day. It was a Marathon bar, and I can’t recall what company made it. I’d love to be able, once again, to enjoy a Marathon bar. Thank you so much. — Buddy Spence, Forest Park
A: Thank you for reading, Buddy. Marathon candy bars were made by Mars and discontinued in the early 1980s. There’s a energy bar called Marathon that you might have noticed in stores, but it’s not related to the 8-inch braided caramel covered in chocolate that made up the original Marathon candy bar. In fact, the wrapper boasted a ruler so that you could see that it was actually 8 inches long. Believe it or not, there’s some good news in all of this because Cadbury makes a British version of the Marathon bar called Curly Wurly, which also comprises braided caramel coated with chocolate. It seems to be the go-to bar for those craving their Marathon. I found Curly Wurly candy bars for $1.10 at Taste of Britain, 73 S. Peachtree St., Norcross, 770-242-8585.
Q: I hope you can help me find this product. When I was in California, my friend made the best breakfast burritos with soy chorizo; the brand was Cacique. Now, I’m trying to find it here in Georgia, and it seems as if nobody sells it. Could you help me? Thank you. — Lily Buetell, email
A: Soy chorizo is a fairly new product from the folks that offer a wide variety of Mexican meats and cheeses, including pork and beef chorizo, queso fresco, crema Mexicana and even a line of yogurts. You can find Cacique soy chorizo at Buford Highway Farmers Market, 5600 Buford Highway., Doraville, 770-455-0770. The chorizo, located on Hispanic aisle 1, comes in 10-ounce rolls and sells for $1.99 each. All Cacique products are made in the US.
Q: I want to know where, in Atlanta, I can purchase Bru instant coffee with roasted chicory. Thank you for your help. — Y. Waters, Atlanta
A: Bru coffee with chicory is a product of India, and you’ll find two sizes at Cherian’s International Market, 751 DeKalb Industrial Way, Decatur, 404-299-0842. A 7-ounce jar sells for $5.99, and the 3.5-ounce glass jar costs $3.49. If you’ve never been to this market, you’re in for a treat. It’s vast, well organized and loaded with Indian staples, including fresh vegetables, a wide variety of teas, spices and cookware. The tricky part is finding it since it’s situated behind Gokul Sweets and Restaurant. As long as you know that, you’ll have no trouble locating the store and your chicory-laced coffee.
Q: I am looking for a spray used for stretching shoes. You just spray the shoes, then immediately put the shoes on and wear them for awhile. I used to buy this but none of the shoe stores seem to stock it now. — Patricia Taylor, email
A: You’re looking for Shoe Stretch spray, which you’ll find for $2.95 per bottle at Bennie’s Shoes, 2625 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, 404-262-1966. When you enter the store, go to the right and you’ll find Shoe Stretch stocked with the shoe polishes and conditioners.
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