Book Review of Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America

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A treat, as its name implies. One man searches for America's remaining independent candy makers as the big three (Hershey, Mars, Nestle) take over check-out shelves everywhere. Steve Almond's love of candy guides the book through interesting visits to the makers of candy bars like the Twin Bing, the Idaho Spud, GooGoos and Valomilk. The writing is infused with a definite political flavor -- the overtaking of the small and entirely likable little guys by the corporate giants, who, Almond contends, put out an inferior product. Mr. Almond does a lot of reflecting about candy in general, including his likes (many) and dislikes (few.) Fun non-fiction, and timeless.