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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.
Steve Almond's look at the world of independent candy companies starts off like a love note to candy. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Geoffrey Kleinman
if you love candy you need to read / listen to this book and share it with everyone you knowPublished 27 days 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Happy Dad
In order to enjoy this book one has to be willing to tolerate Mr. Almond's increasing frequent speaking about his passion for candy being fueled by his parents not being... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gerald McKay
In Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America author Steve Almond tells us three important facts in the prologue:
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It was okay. I don't share the authors love of candy. I would not have read it if not for a book club.Published 10 months ago by L. Nolan
I have read this book before and loved it. It is one book that all candy lovers can relate to with great memories. Loved it!!!Published 11 months ago by Jennifer Warner
If you're looking for a history of candymaking, this isn't the book for you. It's equally a memoir, and a paean to an obsession. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tracey Morris