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Candyfreak

A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
Almond, Steve (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Almond, Steve
Title: Candyfreak
a journey through the chocolate underbelly of America
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, 2005
Edition: 1st Harvest ed
Characteristics: xxii, 256 p. ;,21 cm
Series:
Statement of Responsibility: Steve Almond
Notes: Originally published: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2004
Contents: Author will now rationalize
Chocolate = Enabler
In which an unhealthy pattern of dependence is established
Ill-advised discussion of freak economics
Night of the living freak
Mistakes were made
Caravelle: Elegy
I (characters not reproducible) Manny
Feeding the beast
Top-secret chocolate situation
Politics of the rack
Last man in America with Black Jack gum
Capo Di Tutti freak
Love song of Ray Luthar Broekei
Welcome to the boom
There are men upon this earth who tread like Gods
Feuilletine, revealed
Freak fetish
Official dark horse freak of Philadelphia
Wee Willie and the pop-a-licks rage
Southern-fried freak
Chocolate Haiku
Freak retentive
In the belly of the freak
Unstoppable freak energy of Mr. Marty Palmer
Southbound with the hamnmers down
Candy bar on your chin
Marshmallow parallax
Depressing but necessary digression
Boise: Gateway to Boise
Ladies and gentlemen, the Idaho Spud
Huckleberry, hounded
American lunch
How will the spud survive?
Past is just ahead
Remember this name: Banana-Zaba
Second depressing but necessary digression
Little hidden bomb in my Idaho Spud
Few final relevant facts
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780156032933
0156032937
Branch Call Number: 338.47664 A452c 2005
Subject Headings: Almond, Steve Chocolate Candy Candy industry United States
Topical Term: Chocolate
Candy
Candy industry
LCCN: 2004056913
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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.

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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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