Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America: A Journey through the Chocolate…

by Steve Almond

Algonquin Books | March 1, 2012 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
Perhaps you remember the whipped splendor of the Choco-Lite, or the luscious Caravelle bar, or maybe the sublime and perfectly balanced Hershey's Cookies 'n Mint. The Marathon, an inimitable rope of caramel covered in chocolate. Oompahs. Bit-O-Choc. The Kit Kat Dark.

Steve Almond certainly does. In fact, he was so obsessed by the inexplicable disappearance of these bars—where'd they go?—that he embarked on a nationwide journey to uncover the truth about the candy business. There, he found an industry ruled by huge conglomerates, where the little guys, the last remaining link to the glorious boom years of the candy bar in America, struggle to survive.

Visiting the candy factories that produce the Twin Bing, the Idaho Spud, the Goo Goo Cluster, the Valomilk, and a dozen other quirky bars, Almond finds that the world of candy is no longer a sweet haven. Today's precious few regional candy makers mount daily battles against corporate greed, paranoia, and that good old American compulsion: crushing the little guy.

Part candy porn, part candy polemic, part social history, part confession, Candyfreak explores the role candy plays in our lives as both source of pleasure and escape from pain. By turns ecstatic, comic, and bittersweet, Candyfreak is the story of how Steve Almond grew up on candy—and how, for better and worse, candy has grown up, too.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 1, 2012

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1565127137

ISBN - 13: 9781565127135

Found in: Management and Leadership

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous This is a really fun book. Part travel adventure and part cultural history of candy in America, it's funny, a little freaky and a must read for anyone who's ever had a favourite candy.
Date published: 2006-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deliciously Funny Almond has a knack for expressing his somewhat obsessive passion into an excellent read. While very humourous, there is also an educational side to this book. Almond explains how the common issue of large corporations eliminating smaller mom-and-pop businesses has affected the candy industry as well. I never realized how much of a "candyfreak" I was until I read this book. Definitely recommended for anyone who has a sweet tooth - but beware . . . . I craved chocolate and candy every time I picked up this book.
Date published: 2006-07-26

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Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America: A Journey through the Chocolate…

by Steve Almond

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 1, 2012

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1565127137

ISBN - 13: 9781565127135

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Perhaps you remember the whipped splendor of the Choco-Lite, or the luscious Caravelle bar, or maybe the sublime and perfectly balanced Hershey's Cookies 'n Mint. The Marathon, an inimitable rope of caramel covered in chocolate. Oompahs. Bit-O-Choc. The Kit Kat Dark.

Steve Almond certainly does. In fact, he was so obsessed by the inexplicable disappearance of these bars—where'd they go?—that he embarked on a nationwide journey to uncover the truth about the candy business. There, he found an industry ruled by huge conglomerates, where the little guys, the last remaining link to the glorious boom years of the candy bar in America, struggle to survive.

Visiting the candy factories that produce the Twin Bing, the Idaho Spud, the Goo Goo Cluster, the Valomilk, and a dozen other quirky bars, Almond finds that the world of candy is no longer a sweet haven. Today's precious few regional candy makers mount daily battles against corporate greed, paranoia, and that good old American compulsion: crushing the little guy.

Part candy porn, part candy polemic, part social history, part confession, Candyfreak explores the role candy plays in our lives as both source of pleasure and escape from pain. By turns ecstatic, comic, and bittersweet, Candyfreak is the story of how Steve Almond grew up on candy—and how, for better and worse, candy has grown up, too.
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