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Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
Candyfreak A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America
Author: Steve Almond
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, Mar...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780156032933
ISBN-10: 0156032937
Publication Date: 4/4/2005
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 75 ratings
Publisher: Harvest Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 8
I laughed through this entire book. The author really is a candyfreak and and unabashedly so. Almond makes some poignant statements about how we comfort ourselves with candy. Highly recommended.
reviewed Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America on + 32 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I loved this book! It's a combination of the history of candy bars, the background for the author's addiction to candy, and the author touring candy factories. Sometimes witty, sometimes poignant, always interesting. I've made several people read it, and they've all loved it.
reviewed Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America on + 119 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
A light fun quick read; Steve Almond makes a most wonderful candy sleuth! If you love chocolate (no, wait, make that LOVE chocolate) then you'll most likely enjoy this book. Almonds breezy, good-natured, kind-hearted look at our disappearing regional candies makes for fun reading. I'd write more but I'm off to see if I can acquire at least a few of the candy bars he wrote about ... specifically, Valomilk! Happy reading!
reviewed Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
It never occurred to me that a book about candy could be darkly written, but this one was a bit dark for my taste. It seems these days that anyone who has a book inside them wanting to be written also has some neuroses and personal hangups that are going to come out, no matter what the topic is. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading about the candy and Steve Almond's visits to the factories and commentary on the people he meets. However, I could have done without some of his navel gazing. Ah well, I guess it's his book after all...
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Helpful Score: 5
A personal journey, filled with humor and the love of candy. Almond finds out why his favorite childhood candies are no longer made in mass quantities. If you grew up in the golden age of confectionary, where Hershey, Nestle, and Mars weren't considered the "Big Three", this book will be very entertaining and comforting to you.
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