My Sweet Secret
I have a secret. I will tell you, but you have to promise not to tell anyone.
I am crazy about candy!
There! I said it! You are now witness to my big weakness; handfuls of sugary sweet goodness, big bowls of candy bars, tubs of taffy, fountains overflowing with chocolate. I love them all. My favorite book as a child, if you can believe it, was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. What I would have given to find a Golden Ticket!
If you are as mad about the scrumptious stuff as I am, you may want to check out these delicious reads from the Harris County Public Library:
Candy and Me (A Love Story) by Hilary Liftin. This is the story of the crucial role candy has played in Liftin's life. Liftin describes her trials and triumphs, all while connecting it to her love affair with the sweet stuff. Each chapter is even named after a different confection. A fun read that will have you thinking about the connection between memories and food in your own life.
The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars by Joel Glenn Brenner. A fascinating look at the big business of candy and the bitter rivalry between the two largest candy makers in the United States. Forrest Mars and Milton Hershy were two very different men. One was solitary and stingy while the other loved publicity and philantrophy. In spite of their wildy contrasting personalities, both men succeeded in creating multi-billion dollar corporations that dominate the American candy industry.
Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America by Steve Almond. A charming and witty look at candy obsessions and the candy making business. Almond treks across the U.S. visiting smaller independent candy makers trying to stay afloat in an industry dominated by candy manufacturing giants. These mom-and-pop operations allow Almond a behind the scenes view of the candy making process from first concept to final consumer.