Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America

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Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, May 4, 2004 - Cooking - 266 pages
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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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I loved, loved, loved the writing style. - Goodreads
My blood sugar was spiking after the intro. - Goodreads
more educational than it sounds. - Goodreads
Great read, talented writer, good for a few laughs! - Goodreads
There were some fascinating facts and insights. - Goodreads
A huge inspiration for my own candy writing. - Goodreads

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Extra Credit Reading Plus Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America is about a man with an obsession with candy. It seems it's an unhealthy obsession because of the money he ... Read full review

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SO much fun to read and might cause you to either visit a factory or have a sample at hand. You'll enjoy every moment and want to go back for more. Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
1
The Author Will Now Rationalize
9
Chocolate Enabler
17
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Steve Almond is the author of the acclaimed story collection My Life in Heavy Metal. He has published stories and poems in publications ranging from Playboy to Tin House to Zoetrope, and they have been widely anthologized. He is a regular commentator on the NPR affiliate WBUR in Boston, teaches creative writing at Boston College, and has eaten at least one piece of candy every single day of his entire life.

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