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A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
Almond, Steve (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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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.
Authors: Almond, Steve
Title: Candyfreak
a journey through the chocolate underbelly of America
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 266 p. ;,19 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Steve Almond
Alternate Title: Candy freak
ISBN: 1565124219
Branch Call Number: 338.7664 A452c 2004
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Report This 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.

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

It didn't suit my taste.

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  • edosdoba rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

sioux city history

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  • 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.

Report This 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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