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Candyfreak by Steve Almond
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Jan 08, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: amazing-people
Read in January, 2009

godiva... lint....kit kats.... you name them I love them. After reading this book I definately have a better underastanding of the American candy industry. I never knew that there were stocking fees to place candy at registers at supermarkets. I never knew the history of independent candy makers in the late 1800's and early 1900's. It ws interesting to read how social factors such as war's inpacted the business of candy producers. Who knew???? The book started out very interesting and very entertaining.... the funniest line in the whole book is when he is recounting the changes in Halloween customs...the ultimate candy freak's holiday. He says, "Back in the blithe, porno soaked, latch-key seventies, the idea of trick or treating with a parent in tow was unthinkable- like publically disclosing a preference for Barry Manilolw." ooooh the changes in times...how they hurt, no???? Just laugh.

The book was very informative however at about 2/3's of the way..... I started to tire of visiting his verbal tours of candy factories. Also, his little story of discovering a lump on his package made no sense to me but I guess it was a memory on this road less traveled. I could have done without it and the last third of the book. Not really a strong read by my standards... great topic... some really intresting facts.... could have ended much earlier and made a better presentation.
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