Candy: The Sweet History

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Collectors Press, Incorporated, 2003 - Cooking - 176 pages
Relive the gooey glory years of candy in this retrospective of the confection industry. Selected for their nostalgic packing, tempting tastes and wonderful stories, Candy: The Sweet Story pays homage to the companies and brands that have become American icons. Pay Day, Chic-O-Sticks, Tootsie Rolls and many more treats are featured in brilliant photos and images from the candy culture of the past. And for those with a sweet touch in the kitchen, basic candy recipes are also included.

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A candy saleswoman, developer and consultant, Kimmerle pays homage to the sweets industry in this colorfully designed history. More coffee-table display than serious study, the book emphasizes the ... Read full review

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Despite my feelings of envy (if only I’d known before that “candy expert” was a legitimate career path), I really enjoyed this book. The author clearly is an expert, and must have spent a lot of time delving into the minutest details of the confectionary industry’s history.
Kimmerle clearly has a deep passion and a lot of love for all things sweet, and her care and zeal for the topic, warm feelings of nostalgia towards favorite brands and old-time sweets, as well as her obvious knowledge, shines through on every page. But it’s never dry – lots of fabulous photographs, including images of vintage candy ads and packaging, break up the factual info and make this an entertaining read, as well. I also thought that the inclusion of some recipes along with the history was a great addition – it makes it even more fun to read about candy’s evolution over the years when I can also contemplate making some of these treats in my own kitchen!

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