Sweet Tooth: The Bittersweet History of Candy (Google eBook)
A cultural history of candy—how it evolved from medicine and a luxury to today's Kit Kat bars and M&M's
Told through the Kate Hopkins' travels in Europe and the U.S., Sweet Tooth is a first-hand account of her obsession with candy and a detailed look at its history and development. The sugary treats we enjoy today have a prominent past entertaining kings, curing the ill, and later developing into a billion-dollar industry. The dark side of this history is that the confectionery industry has helped create an environment of unhealthy overindulgence, has quelled any small business competition that was deemed to be a risk to any large company's bottom line, and was largely responsible for the slave trade that evolved during the era of colonization.
Candy's history is vast and complex and plays a distinct part in the growth of the Western world. Thanks to the ubiquity of these treats which allows us to take them for granted, that history has been hidden or forgotten. Until now. Filled with Hopkins' trademark humor and accompanied by her Candy Grab Bag tasting notes, Sweet Tooth is a must-read for everybody who considers themselves a candy freak.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Hopkins travels to Italy, the U.K. and around the (mostly eastern) States to search for the origins of candy, with much of the focus on the very simple candies like toffees and sugared fruits, things that were truly luxuries at one time. Also covered are the origins of chocolate candy and cocoa and some national confections. For me, the most interesting sections were Hopkins experiences discovering Italian candy stores while wandering Venice, visiting tiny shops in Scotland and Salem and her description of the tourist-trap that is the Cadbury World factory tour. Her frequent use of the phrase "my inner child" is grating and the "bittersweet" aspect of the book comes from the history of world slavery which is included in several chapters. Overall a good, though sometimes dry, look at how sweetness was obtained by different cultures and economic classes.
Review: Sweet Tooth: The Bittersweet History of CandyUser Review - Goodreads
I'm not sure when I started reading this book, but it seems like forever ago. Not a huge fan of this one. While the topic is surely interesting, this book did not manage to hold my interest. I only ...
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