Candyfreak A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America

ISBN-10: 0156032937

ISBN-13: 9780156032933

Edition: 2005

Authors: Steve Almond

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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, Marathon, and Choco-Lite, Almond uncovers a trove of singular candy bars made by unsung heroes working in old-fashioned factories to produce something they love. And in true candyfreak fashion, Almond lusciously describes the rich tastes that he has loved since childhood and continues to crave today. Steve Almond has written a comic but ultimately bittersweet story of how he grew up on candy-and how, for better and worse, the candy industry has grown up, too. Candyfreak is the delicious story of one man's lifelong obsession with candy and his quest to discover its origins in America.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/4/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Steve Almond has published over one hundred stories and poems--in publications ranging from Playboy to Tin House to Zoetrope--and a two previous collections of stories, My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow. He is the author of the bestselling novel Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America.

Some Things You Should Know about the Author
The Author Will Now Rationalize
Chocolate = Enabler
In Which an Unhealthy Pattern of Dependence Is Established
An Ill-Advised Discussion of Freak Economics
Night of the Living Freak
Mistakes Were Made
Caravelle: An Elegy
I ™ Manny
Feeding the Beast
A Top-Secret Chocolate Situation
The Politics of the Rack
The Last Man in America with
The Capo Di Tutti Freak
The Love Song of Ray
Welcome to the Boom
There Are Men upon This Earth Who Tread Like Gods
Feuilletine, Revealed
Freak Fetish
The Official Dark Horse Freak of Philadelphia
Wee Willie and the Pop-a-Licks Rage
Southern-Fried Freak
Chocolate Haiku
Freak Retentive
In the Belly of the Freak
The Unstoppable Freak Energy of
Southbound with the Hammers Down
The Candy Bar on Your Chin
The Marshmallow Parallax
A Depressing but Necessary Digression
Boise: Gateway to . . . Boise
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Idaho Spud
Huckleberry, Hounded
American Lunch
How Will the Spud Survive?
The Past Is Just Ahead
Remember This Name:
A Second Depressing but Necessary Digression
A Little Hidden Bomb in My
A Few Final Relevant Facts
Freak appendix
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