Sweet Tooth: The Bittersweet History of Candy

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St. Martin's Press, May 22, 2012 - History - 320 pages
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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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User Review  - MartinBodek - LibraryThing

I had the same experience with this book as I had with "Four Fish" by Paul Greenberg: I was amazed that a) a topic so mundane could be narrated in such a fascinating matter b) the author had such ... Read full review

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User Review  - mstrust - 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 ... Read full review


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Kate Hopkins's food blog The Accidental Hedonist has been named one of Time Magazine's 50 Coolest Websites. She is the author of 99 Drams of Whiskey and lives in Seattle, Washington.

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