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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 10 years
I have a HUGE sweet tooth, so this book looks great to me! I wanna know what a Valomilk bar is!
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
LOVE this book!
theboyslover theboyslover 10 years
the cover looks scrumptious to me haha
ALSW ALSW 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 years
Awesome book!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
ha ha! I love Amy Sedaris' quote!
EatYourVeggies EatYourVeggies 10 years
Hee. I'm obsessed with candy. I need to read this book.
lilpoofkin lilpoofkin 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 years
how much did his dentist fees cost? ;)
laurafox laurafox 10 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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