Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of

Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America 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

Steve Almond is the author of two story collections, My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B Chow, the non fiction book Candyfreak, and the novel Which Brings Me to You, co written with Julianna Baggott He lives outside Boston with his wife and baby daughter Josephine.



10 thoughts on “Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America

  1. says:

    My dad s favorite candy was Necco Wafers An acquired taste for sure, but one that he developed because they were the only candy his older sisters wouldn t steal Me, I like Milky Ways although I will eat almost anything chocolate covered My wife is much pickier but does have her own Achilles heel Reese s the original cups, not any o


  2. says:

    From the book, page sixteen Every now and then, I ll run into someone who claims not to like chocolate or other sweets, and while we live in a country where everyone has the right to eat what they want, I want to say for the record that I don t trust these people, that I think something is wrong with them, and that they re probably this mus


  3. says:

    My review, 3.0 First I would like to quote MC Pee Pants I want candy, bubblegum and taffy Skip to the sweet shop with my girlfriend, Sandy Got my pennies saved so I m a sugar daddy I m her Hume Cronyn, she my Jessica Tandy.I want candy I need candy, any kind will do Don t care if it s nutritious or FDA approved.It s gonna make me spaz like bobcats o


  4. says:

    I laughed SO HARD during the first half of this book Super interesting story of the small guys in the candy biz and where they ve mostly all gone, gobbled up by the big guys I wanted to search out some of the old school candy bars, and did find some, though it wasn t easy Made me think back to my tiny hometown and the local chocolate shop that was on Main St


  5. says:

    Candyfreak is the most delightful book about candy that also happens to record the author s deteriorating mental health What a combination Goo Goo Clusters, Snickers, Valomilks, and Big Hunk bars all alongside ample doses of liberal guilt, childhood neglect, failure to commit emotionally in relationships, and a dooming fear of failure Steve Almond is a clever writer


  6. says:

    Steve Almond is deep passion veiled as giddy enthusiasm So much of his writing just makes you want to high five the world and sceam F yeah If you re not careful you might lose your self in the enjoyment of it all and begin to take for granted his amazing ability to lift up the ordinary and point it out in a way that has you remembering your own forgotten sensations images rel


  7. says:

    Before reading this book, I had never heard of Valomilk candy bars Now I must have one, thanks to the description by author Steve Almond But here, inside my mouth, it was finally dawning on me the way in which the airy tones of vanilla infused the chocolate and lent the heavy tang of cocoa a sense of buoyancy The chocolate in the Valomilk was transcendent I would go so far as to call


  8. says:

    There are definite five star sections within this book The author travels around the U.S to visit a number independent candy manufacturers and tell their stories These are great parts It is a real eye opener to hear that in the early 20th century there were over 6000 American candy companies and now there are only 150 or so The rise of the Big Three of Nestle, Hershey and Mars has made it near


  9. says:

    If Steve Almond is a candyfreak, then I m a candywhore I ll take it where I can get it and I m not half as discriminating about its origins.That said, you can t help but laugh outright at the sugar fanaticism of a man who gets faint with joy witnessing the birth of chocolate bunnies and is rendered speechless at the thoughtless waste of even one piece of chocolate, recalling, I stood there in a cloud o


  10. says:

    A funny informative look into the history workings of the candy business Very enjoyable, like a piece of candy A funny informative look into the history workings of the candy business Very enjoyable, like a piece of candy


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