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With the aptly named Almond (don't even think of bringing up the Almond Joy bit--coconut is Almond's kryptonite), obsession is putting it mildly. Almond loves candy like no other man in America. To wit: the author has "three to seven pounds" of candy in his house at all times. And then there's the Kit Kat Darks incident; Almond has a case of the short-lived confection squirreled away in an undisclosed warehouse. "I had decided to write about candy because I assumed it would be fun and frivolous and distracting," confesses Almond. "It would allow me to reconnect to the single, untarnished pleasure of my childhood. But, of course, there are no untarnished pleasures. That is only something the admen of our time would like us to believe." Almond's bittersweet nostalgia is balanced by a fiercely independent spirit--the same underdog quality on display by the small candy makers whose entire existence (and livelihood) is forever shadowed by the Big Three: Hershey's, Mars, and Nestle.
Almond possesses an original, heartfelt, passionate voice; a writer brave enough to express sheer joy. Early on his tour he becomes entranced with that candy factory staple, the "enrober"--imagine an industrial-size version of the glaze waterfall on the production line at your local Krispy Kreme, but oozing chocolate--dubbing it "the money shot of candy production." And while he writes about candy with the sensibilities of a serious food critic (complimenting his beloved Kit Kat Dark for its "dignified sheen," "puddinglike creaminess," "coffee overtones," and "slightly cloying wafer") words like "nutmeats" and "rack fees" send him into an adolescent twitter.
...the Marathon Bar, which stormed the racks in 1974, enjoyed a meteoric rise, died young, and left a beautiful corpse. The Marathon: a rope of caramel covered in chocolate, not even a solid piece that is, half air holes, an obvious rip-off to anyone who has mastered the basic Piagetian stages, but we couldn't resist the gimmick. And then, as if we weren't bamboozled enough, there was the sleek red package, which included a ruler on the back and thereby affirmed the First Rule of Male Adolescence: If you give a teenage boy a candy bar with a ruler on the back of the package, he will measure his dick
Candyfreak is one of those endearing, quirky titles that defy swift categorization. One of those rare books that you'll want to tear right through, one you won't soon stop talking about. And eager readers beware: It's impossible to flip through ten pages of this sweet little book without reaching for a piece of chocolate. --Brad Thomas Parsons --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I didn’t set out to read this book in particular, but last week, Garageman called me to his office (i.e. the garage) to listen to an interview on sports talk. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sue J
If you like the mechanics of factory production and candy; you'll like this audiobook.Published 6 months ago by Pangstadt
Really didn't enjoy this book, and didn't finish it. I suppose it's humorous in a way, but I was looking for something more along the lines of the author's Against Football. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David A. Grandy
Fascinating but a mystery to anyone who has not lived in the US.Published 7 months ago by American Eyes Limited
Candyfreak is the most delightful book about candy that also happens to record the author’s deteriorating mental health. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jill
Steve Almond's look at the world of independent candy companies starts off like a love note to candy. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Geoffrey Kleinman
if you love candy you need to read / listen to this book and share it with everyone you knowPublished 14 months ago by R. Crawford
I have met Steve Almond. He is as funny and wonderful in person as he is in this book. Candyfreak was the first book I read of his, and it was several years before I met him. Read morePublished 15 months ago by E. Rhoades
This is a great read! The lesser known candy companies in America make the best stuff in my opinion and after reading this, I had to go out and order a bunch of them - so tasty!!! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Happy Dad