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Author Almond, Steve.

Title Candyfreak : a journey through the chocolate underbelly of America / Steve Almond.

Publication Info. Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, 2005.


Location Call No. Status
 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Nonfiction  338.76 ALMOND    Check Shelf
 Portland Public Library - Adult Department  338.47 ALM    Check Shelf
Edition First Harvest edition.
Description xxii, 256 pages : portrait ; 23 cm.
Series A Harvest book
Note Originally published: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2004.
Contents Author will now rationalize -- Chocolate = Enabler -- In which an unhealthy pattern of dependence is established -- Ill-advised discussion of freak economics -- Night of the living freak -- Mistakes were made -- Caravelle: Elegy -- I (characters not reproducible) Manny -- Feeding the beast -- Top-secret chocolate situation -- Politics of the rack -- Last man in America with Black Jack gum -- Capo Di Tutti freak -- Love song of Ray Luthar Broekei -- Welcome to the boom -- There are men upon this earth who tread like Gods -- Feuilletine, revealed -- Freak fetish -- 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 -- Unstoppable freak energy of Mr. Marty Palmer -- Southbound with the hamnmers down -- Candy bar on your chin -- Marshmallow parallax -- Depressing but necessary digression -- -- Boise: Gateway to Boise -- Ladies and gentlemen, the Idaho Spud -- Huckleberry, hounded -- American lunch -- How will the spud survive? -- Past is just ahead -- Remember this name: Banana-Zaba -- Second depressing but necessary digression -- Little hidden bomb in my Idaho Spud -- Few final relevant facts.
Summary A self-proclaimed candy fanatic and life-long chocoholic trace the history of some of the much-loved candies from his youth, describing the business practices and creative candy-making techniques of some of the small companies. A self-professed candy freak, 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 candy freak 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. Candy freak is the delicious story of one man's lifelong obsession with candy and his quest to discover its origins in America. Almond embarks on a hilarious, sugar-high tour through America's last remaining independent candy companies.
Subject Candy industry -- United States.
Almond, Steve.
Added Title Candy freak
ISBN 0156032937
Standard No. 9780156032933
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