Halloween night is the highlight of the year for candy lovers. Sweet treats from gummies to chocolates are loaded into little buckets and bags. And if your house is anything like mine, the spoils are enjoyed until Easter. So, it’s only fitting to pay a special tribute to the sweet treats that make Halloween such a delightful holiday. Here are 10 books to read about candy that will get you geared up for all the sweets your teeth can handle.
1. Classic Candy: America’s Favorite Sweets, 1950-80 (Shire Library USA) by Darlene Lacey
Lacey takes an in-depth look at the 600 billion pound, sugar-fueled industry of candy. For those that grew up as a baby boomer, this book will highlight the candies of a bygone era in a colorful display of long, forgotten candies.
2. Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America by Steve Almond
Candyfreak takes the reader through a personal narrative of a self-professed candy addict on the quest to uncover the mystery disappearance of his favorite treats. He visits candy factories and finds the chocolate underworld is ruled by corporate conglomerates. He also explores his own proclivities towards the sweets and how they came to play such an important role in his life.
3. Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure by Samira Kawash
Samira Kawash packs loads of information on sweet treats in this incredibly enlightening book. She explores not only the history of candy, but its role in society, marketing, and nutrition.
4. Candy Around the World by
Candy Around the World not only explores candy from different countries, but the culture and customs that are associated with them. Each chapter is dedicated to a different region and the pages are filled with fun facts, games, activities, and recipes — making this a delicious read for adults and children alike.
5. Sweets: A History of Candy by Tim Richardson
Fueled by a passion for treats, Richardson dives into the rich history of candy, exploring myth and folklore associated with sweets, weird confectioner practices, cultural culinary diversity, and the connection between food and sex.
Calling all chocolate lovers! This book regales the history of chocolate, its unique origins in South America, and how it transformed from bitter seeds to sweet eats that were worthy of being used as currency and the drink of kings.
7. Gummi Bears Should Not Be Organic: And Other Opinions I Can’t Back Up With Facts by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor
While this book isn’t about candy per se, it’s something that you can definitely sink your teeth into. Popular mommy blogger and author Stefanie Wilder-Taylor takes on modern mommy fads (like organic gummy bears) with her no-nonsense approach to motherhood.
8. The Sweet Book of Candy Making by Elizabeth LaBau
This delectable book takes a more culinary approach to candy, giving the reader step-by-step directions on candy making, from taffy to truffles. It includes over 50 recipes and troubleshooting tips for each type of candy.
9. Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction by Luke Richardson
You may have seen the Heath Ledger film, but have you read the book? Not about candy in the traditional sense of the word, this evocative book will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions through one couple’s struggle to overcome a powerful addiction.
10. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
What candy book list would be complete without this classic tale by Roald Dahl? The iconic film has been beloved by adults and children alike and been remade several times. But, if you haven’t read the book, be sure to snuggle up with the little ones this fall and do so! You won’t be disappointed.
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