If David Sedaris were to do a bit of reportage on today’s candy industry, it might just resemble this hilarious book. +Candyfreak+ dares you not to drool as Steve Almond recalls such bygone confections as the luscious Caravelle bar and the perfectly balanced Hershey's Cookies 'n Mint, and describes his obsession with the disappearance of these and other candy bars. He describes his nationwide journey to uncover the truth about the candy business, an industry ruled by conglomerates and where the little guys—the last link to the boom years of the candy bar in America—are struggling to survive. He also explores how 20th-century America grew up on candy, and the role it plays in our lives as a source of pleasure and balm for pain.
"I got a real sugar rush and cluster headache reading this bittersweet book by Steve Almond-Joy, the sugar daddy himself. I won't sugarcoat it—this book is one sweet treat."—Amy Sedaris
Publication Date: 2004
Primary Subject: food & wine