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Candyfreak

A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America

Almond, Steve

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Candyfreak
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A self-proclaimed candy fanatic and life-long chocoholic trace the history of some of the much-loved candies from his youth, describing the business practices and creative candy-making techniques of some of the small companies. A self-professed candy freak, Steve Almond set out in search of a much-loved candy from his childhood and found himself on a tour of the small candy companies that are persevering in a marketplace where big corporations dominate. From the Twin Bing to the Idaho Spud, the Valomilk to the Abba-Zaba, and discontinued bars such as the Caravelle, Marathon, and Choco-Lite, Almond uncovers a trove of singular candy bars made by unsung heroes working in old-fashioned factories to produce something they love. And in true candy freak fashion, Almond lusciously describes the rich tastes that he has loved since childhood and continues to crave today. Steve Almond has written a comic but ultimately bittersweet story of how he grew up on candy, and how, for better and worse, the candy industry has grown up, too. Candy freak is the delicious story of one man's lifelong obsession with candy and his quest to discover its origins in America. Almond embarks on a hilarious, sugar-high tour through America's last remaining independent candy companies.

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Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, 2005
Edition: 1st Harvest ed
ISBN: 0156032937
9780156032933
Branch Call Number: 338.47664 A452c 2005
Characteristics: xxii, 256 p. ;,21 cm

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List - Michele's list by: multcolib_tamaf Jul 02, 2014

I laughed so hard reading this book. (I agree completely with the author's feelings on coconut.) Super interesting story of the small guys in the candy biz and where they've (mostly) all gone, gobbled up by the big guys. I wanted to search out some of the old school candy bars, and did find some,... Read More »


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Jun 02, 2012
  • smichal rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a funny book about a guy visiting several chocolate bar factories which make retro candies from his childhood, such as the Idaho Spud, Valomilk, Twin Bing, etc.

I wish the book would have focused more on the bars and less on the guy's personal ramblings, but it did make me curious to try the bars because they are not sold here.

I tried the Idaho Spud and some others when I saw them in Las Vegas... and they weren't super good or anything.

Aug 22, 2011
  • FatCat22 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It didn't suit my taste.

Aug 05, 2011
  • edosdoba rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

sioux city history

Aug 03, 2010
  • marybea rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book is a wondefully funny read which will bring back memories of long lost candies and introduce you to new treats. It will keep you laughing out loud. Great for vacations or any other time you need a light read.

Mar 12, 2010
  • jzimmer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. It made me want to go to the dollar store and try to find back some of my favorite candies from my childhood.

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