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Candyfreak

A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America

by Steve Almond

eBook

Perhaps you remember the whipped splendor of the Choco-Lite, or the luscious Caravelle bar, or maybe the sublime and perfectly balanced Hershey's Cookies 'n Mint. The Marathon, an inimitable rope of caramel covered in chocolate. Oompahs. Bit-O-Choc. The Kit Kat Dark. Steve Almond certainly does. In fact, he was so obsessed by the inexplicable disappearance of these bars—where'd they go?—that he embarked on a nationwide journey to uncover the truth about the candy business. There, he found an industry ruled by huge conglomerates, where the little guys, the last remaining link to the glorious boom years of the candy bar in America, struggle to survive. Visiting the candy factories that produce the Twin Bing, the Idaho Spud, the Goo Goo Cluster, the Valomilk, and a dozen other quirky bars, Almond finds that the world of candy is no longer a sweet haven. Today's precious few regional candy makers mount daily battles against corporate greed, paranoia, and that good old American compulsion: crushing the little guy. Part candy porn, part candy polemic, part social history, part confession, Candyfreak explores the role candy plays in our lives as both source of pleasure and escape from pain. By turns ecstatic, comic, and bittersweet, Candyfreak is the story of how Steve Almond grew up on candy—and how, for better and worse, candy has grown up, too.


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Publisher: Algonquin Books

Kindle Book

  • Release date: February 22, 2011

OverDrive Read

  • ISBN: 9781565127135
  • Release date: February 22, 2011

EPUB eBook

  • ISBN: 9781565127135
  • File size: 2276 KB
  • Release date: February 22, 2011

PDF eBook

  • ISBN: 9781565127135
  • File size: 769 KB
  • Release date: May 4, 2004


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Levels

ATOS Level:7.7
Interest Level:9-12(UG)
Text Difficulty:6

Perhaps you remember the whipped splendor of the Choco-Lite, or the luscious Caravelle bar, or maybe the sublime and perfectly balanced Hershey's Cookies 'n Mint. The Marathon, an inimitable rope of caramel covered in chocolate. Oompahs. Bit-O-Choc. The Kit Kat Dark. Steve Almond certainly does. In fact, he was so obsessed by the inexplicable disappearance of these bars—where'd they go?—that he embarked on a nationwide journey to uncover the truth about the candy business. There, he found an industry ruled by huge conglomerates, where the little guys, the last remaining link to the glorious boom years of the candy bar in America, struggle to survive. Visiting the candy factories that produce the Twin Bing, the Idaho Spud, the Goo Goo Cluster, the Valomilk, and a dozen other quirky bars, Almond finds that the world of candy is no longer a sweet haven. Today's precious few regional candy makers mount daily battles against corporate greed, paranoia, and that good old American compulsion: crushing the little guy. Part candy porn, part candy polemic, part social history, part confession, Candyfreak explores the role candy plays in our lives as both source of pleasure and escape from pain. By turns ecstatic, comic, and bittersweet, Candyfreak is the story of how Steve Almond grew up on candy—and how, for better and worse, candy has grown up, too.


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  • Details

    Publisher:
    Algonquin Books

    Kindle Book
    Release date: February 22, 2011

    OverDrive Read
    ISBN: 9781565127135
    Release date: February 22, 2011

    EPUB eBook
    ISBN: 9781565127135
    File size: 2276 KB
    Release date: February 22, 2011

    PDF eBook
    ISBN: 9781565127135
    File size: 769 KB
    Release date: May 4, 2004

  • Creators
  • Formats
    Kindle Book
    OverDrive Read
    EPUB eBook
    PDF eBook
  • Languages
    English
  • Levels
    ATOS Level: 7.7
    Interest Level: 9-12(UG)
    Text Difficulty: 6
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