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Summer Reading: Candyfreak

"The author has eaten a piece of candy every single day of his entire life."

I could tell from the first sentence in Steve Almond's love letter to candy, CandyFreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America, that I had found a book that would really speak to me. As someone who also has a huge weakness for candy, I was excited to read the riveting romp in search of unique and under-represented candy bars. The often hilarious Almond - who has an incredible name for someone who is a self-proclaimed Candyfreak - travels across America in search of regional candy. For example, did you know that Idaho is the home to a candy called Idaho Spud and that it's nearly impossible to find Valomilk bars west of the Rockies? While not completely flawless - he does get a little preachy regarding mainstream chocolate manufacturers - Candyfreak is definitely a delicious read. After each chapter, I found myself scouring the aisles of unnamed convenience stores looking for these hard-to-find treats. I had to have Sky Bars and Big Hunks and everything in between. If you're not interested in developing a severe candy habit, then I suggest you steer clear. However if you really want to know what an Idaho Spud is, or how a Clark Bar is manufactured (or even what a Clark Bar is), then definitely check it out. But don't say I didn't warn you, after reading this book you will definitely develop a severe candy habit.

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Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I have a HUGE sweet tooth, so this book looks great to me! I wanna know what a Valomilk bar is!
GeikoSera GeikoSera 9 years
LOVE this book!
theboyslover theboyslover 9 years
the cover looks scrumptious to me haha
ALSW ALSW 9 years
This looks so great! I wouldn't mind developing a little candy habit, but I'm not sure about having a piece everyday!
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
i read this book a few summers ago.....LOVE it. i have the biggest sweet tooth ever, and this book definitely didn't help! and trala, i think you're talking about zero bars....i love those too!
OliverCakery OliverCakery 9 years
I live in Idaho!! hehehe The Idaho Spud is everywhere - if anyone wants to try let me know and I'll send you one! (it's coated in choco so it may be messy!)
SugarCat SugarCat 9 years
Awesome book!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
ha ha! I love Amy Sedaris' quote!
EatYourVeggies EatYourVeggies 9 years
Hee. I'm obsessed with candy. I need to read this book.
lilpoofkin lilpoofkin 9 years
I'm not a giant candy bar person, but I LOVE Candyfreak. Steve Almond's zeal makes the book. If you're into words, Word Freak is good too ( :
laundrykarma laundrykarma 9 years
In other news, Steve Almond's other works are more of the fiction variety - and I recommend him as an edgy and entertaining writer.
trala1 trala1 9 years
I'm not a freak for big name candy bars, but I am a lover of the more obscure ones like whachtamacalit and that all white candy bar with a white nougat, I forgot its name. I only find my self spazzing for chocolate bars when I loose my mind from being on a diet too long. That always happens.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
the subtitle makes this sound very sinister! its so weird but did you know that Kit Kats taste really different in the states than elsewhere??? i used to get my dad to bring me up a bunch when he visited, when i moved back to Canada.
marley11 marley11 9 years
i read somewhere that this like over 100 yr old man ate some chocolate every day, and he attributed his good health to his "chocolate diet".
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
how much did his dentist fees cost? ;)
laurafox laurafox 9 years
Wow - every single day of his life? I don't know if that's really cool or sort of obsessive! Anyway, the book looks fun!
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