Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America

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Algonquin Books, May 4, 2004 - Humor - 280 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
Humorous and educational. - 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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I found this to be very enjoyable. A slacker candy freak takes a cross country trip to various small candy manufacturers. There are laugh out loud moments, some poignant observations on small manufacturers, and lots of descriptions of candy. Read full review

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User Review  - Kathi Mckeown - Goodreads

There were some humorous parts but I found the nostalgia/historical aspect most interesting. Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE
1
CHAPTER ONE
9
CHAPTER TWO
38
CHAPTER THREE
61
CHAPTER FOUR
81
CHAPTER FIVE
100
CHAPTER SIX
118
CHAPTER SEVEN
133
CHAPTER EIGHT
152
CHAPTER NINE
178
CHAPTER TEN
201
CHAPTER ELEVEN
234
CHAPTER TWELVE
248
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
263
FREAK APPENDIX
265
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Steve Almond has published over one hundred stories and poems—in publications ranging from Playboy to Tin House to Zoetrope—and a two previous collections of stories, My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow. He is the author of the bestselling novel Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America.

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