Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America (Paperback)

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A self-professed candyfreak, Steve Almond set out in search of a much-loved candy from his childhood and found himself on a tour of the small candy companies that are persevering in a marketplace where big corporations dominate.

From the Twin Bing to the Idaho Spud, the Valomilk to the Abba-Zaba, and discontinued bars such as the Caravelle, Marathon, and Choco-Lite, Almond uncovers a trove of singular candy bars made by unsung heroes working in old-fashioned factories to produce something they love. And in true candyfreak fashion, Almond lusciously describes the rich tastes that he has loved since childhood and continues to crave today. Steve Almond has written a comic but ultimately bittersweet story of how he grew up on candy-and how, for better and worse, the candy industry has grown up, too.

Candyfreak is the delicious story of one man's lifelong obsession with candy and his quest to discover its origins in America.

About the Author

Steve Almond is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including Candy Freak and My Life in Heavy Metal. He also writes for the New York Times and the Boston Globe. Steve lives outside Boston with his wife and three children.

Praise For…

"Hysterically funny . . . A delicious read."-PEOPLE

"Combines the patter of a stand-up comic with the soul of a 10-year-old whose allowance is burning a hole in his pocket . . . A story as all-American as the aroma of peanut butter and milk chocolate wafting from its pages."-THE BOSTON GLOBE

"This is gonzo food writing at its best. Candyfreak is like a good candy bar: a piece of delicious, ephemeral fun." -SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Product Details
ISBN: 9780156032933
ISBN-10: 0156032937
Publisher: Harvest Books
Publication Date: April 4th, 2005
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Harvest Book