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Candyfreak

by Steve Almond

G7Books | May 4, 2004 | Hardcover

Candyfreak 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: Hardcover

Dimensions: 7.25 × 6.69 × 1.05 in

Published: May 4, 2004

Publisher: G7Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1565124219

ISBN - 13: 9781565124219

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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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

by Steve Almond

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 7.25 × 6.69 × 1.05 in

Published: May 4, 2004

Publisher: G7Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1565124219

ISBN - 13: 9781565124219

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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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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.

About the Author

Steve Almond has published over one hundred stories and poemsin publications ranging from Playboy to Tin House to Zoetropeand a two previous collections of stories, My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow. He is the author of the bestselling novel Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America.

Editorial Reviews

The appropriately named Almond goes beyond candy obsession to enter the realm of " freakdom." Right up front, he divulges that he has eaten a piece of candy " every single day of his entire life, " " thinks about candy at least once an hour" and " has between three and seven pounds of candy in his house at all times." Indeed, Almond''s fascination is no mere hobby— it''s taken over his life. And what''s a Boston College creative writing teacher to do when he can''t get M& Ms, Clark Bars and Bottle Caps off his mind? Write a book on candy, of course. Almond''s tribute falls somewhere between Hilary Liftin''s decidedly personal Candy and Me and Tim Richardson''s almost scholarly Sweets: A History of Candy. There are enough anecdotes from Almond''s lifelong fixation that readers will feel as if they know him (about halfway through the book, when Almond is visiting a factory and a marketing director offers him a taste of a coconut treat, readers will know why he tells her, " I''m really kind of full" — he hates coconut). But there are also enough facts to draw readers'' attention away from the unnaturally fanatical Almond and onto the subject at hand. Almond isn''t interested in " The Big Three" (Nestle, Hershey''s and Mars). Instead, he checks out " the little guys, " visiting the roasters at Goldenberg''s Peanut Chews headquarters and hanging out with a " chocolate engineer" at a gou
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