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Sweet Tooth: The Bittersweet History of Candy

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Publisher Comments:

A cultural history of candy — how it evolved from medicine and a luxury to today's Kit Kat bars and M&M's.

Told through the Kate Hopkins' travels in Europe and the U.S., Sweet Tooth is a first-hand account of her obsession with candy and a detailed look at its history and development. The sugary treats we enjoy today have a prominent past entertaining kings, curing the ill, and later developing into a billion-dollar industry. The dark side of this history is that the confectionery industry has helped create an environment of unhealthy overindulgence, has quelled any small business competition that was deemed to be a risk to any large company's bottom line, and was largely responsible for the slave trade that evolved during the era of colonization.

Candy's history is vast and complex and plays a distinct part in the growth of the Western world. Thanks to the ubiquity of these treats which allows us to take them for granted, that history has been hidden or forgotten. Until now. Filled with Hopkins' trademark humor and accompanied by her Candy Grab Bag tasting notes, Sweet Tooth is a must-read for everybody who considers themselves a candy freak.

Review:

"In this semisweet volume, Hopkins-best known for her book, 99 Drams of Whiskey, and her food blog, The Accidental Hedonist-unwraps candy by exploring its history and detailing her trips to a few sweetmeats meccas. Hopkins jets to Palermo, Italy, where she uncovers a brief history of the torrone (which dates back to a wedding in 1441); Pontefract, England, 'home to all things licorice;' and Hershey, Penn., land of the ubiquitous chocolatier. Though Hopkins was once a stand-up comic, her shtick gets old pretty quick-the bulk of her travels is spent wandering around, finding candy, and heading home to chow down. Balancing out her quest for confections are investigations into the bitter side of the industry-Hopkins discusses the candy complex's role in the slave trade, shutting out small businesses, child trafficking, and other social ills. Interspersed throughout are bitesized bits of wit and trivia from 'Kate's Candy Bag:' 'candy corn was created in the late 1800s as a means to disappoint future generations of children as they went door to door trick or treating;' M&M's were invented for the troops of WWII. Though occasionally fun and informative, Hopkin's pop history-like candy corn-is ultimately disappointing. "
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Review:

"Kate Hopkins's scrumptious first-person account of her pilgrimage to resolve a midlife crisis by replicating her childhood candy consumption is served alongside her research into the surprising and often bitter history of candy. Hopkins's post-journey epiphany: Adulthood is when one has the money but has lost the desire to buy every candy in the shop. Sweet Tooth is illustrated throughout with Kate's Candy Bag sidebars, which describe and rate other treats against York Peppermint Patties: for example 1 York Peppermint Patty is equal to 1 Cadbury Egg but 1,645 black licorice jelly beans. Sweet Tooth indeed!" Elizabeth Abbott, author of Sugar: A Bittersweet History

Review:

"Kate Hopkins is excellent company — witty, self-deprecating and intensely curious — as she travels through Europe and the United States in search of the story of candy. Packed with nuggets of fascinating history, it is also a gentle chew on the nature of growing up and a search for her eleven-year-old self, who equated sugar with love and lived for the innocent pleasure of a sweet treat. Hopkins is not afraid to address the darker side of sugars history, nor the bland hegemony and cynical marketing of today's mega-corporations — Cadbury World in England is like 'an ecstasy trip gone horribly wrong' — but she is still at heart unashamedly and infectiously in love with candy." Matthew Parker, author of The Sugar Barons and Panama Fever

Review:

"A pleasing chronology of candy through the ages." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"The authors track record as a stand-up comedian serves her well, producing good-humored, but never flip, comments." Booklist

Synopsis:

A cultural history of candy—how it evolved from medicine and a luxury to today's Kit Kat bars and M&M's

Told through the Kate Hopkins' travels in Europe and the U.S., Sweet Tooth is a first-hand account of her obsession with candy and a detailed look at its history and development. The sugary treats we enjoy today have a prominent past entertaining kings, curing the ill, and later developing into a billion-dollar industry. The dark side of this history is that the confectionery industry has helped create an environment of unhealthy overindulgence, has quelled any small business competition that was deemed to be a risk to any large company's bottom line, and was largely responsible for the slave trade that evolved during the era of colonization.

Candy's history is vast and complex and plays a distinct part in the growth of the Western world. Thanks to the ubiquity of these treats which allows us to take them for granted, that history has been hidden or forgotten. Until now. Filled with Hopkins' trademark humor and accompanied by her Candy Grab Bag tasting notes, Sweet Tooth is a must-read for everybody who considers themselves a candy freak.

 

About the Author

Kate Hopkins's food blog The Accidental Hedonist has been named one of Time magazine's 50 Coolest Websites. She is the author of 99 Drams of Whiskey and lives in Seattle, Washington.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312668105
Author:
Hopkins, Kate
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Cooking and Food-General
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Chocolate and Candy
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this semisweet volume, Hopkins-best known for her book, 99 Drams of Whiskey, and her food blog, The Accidental Hedonist-unwraps candy by exploring its history and detailing her trips to a few sweetmeats meccas. Hopkins jets to Palermo, Italy, where she uncovers a brief history of the torrone (which dates back to a wedding in 1441); Pontefract, England, 'home to all things licorice;' and Hershey, Penn., land of the ubiquitous chocolatier. Though Hopkins was once a stand-up comic, her shtick gets old pretty quick-the bulk of her travels is spent wandering around, finding candy, and heading home to chow down. Balancing out her quest for confections are investigations into the bitter side of the industry-Hopkins discusses the candy complex's role in the slave trade, shutting out small businesses, child trafficking, and other social ills. Interspersed throughout are bitesized bits of wit and trivia from 'Kate's Candy Bag:' 'candy corn was created in the late 1800s as a means to disappoint future generations of children as they went door to door trick or treating;' M&M's were invented for the troops of WWII. Though occasionally fun and informative, Hopkin's pop history-like candy corn-is ultimately disappointing. "
Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Kate Hopkins's scrumptious first-person account of her pilgrimage to resolve a midlife crisis by replicating her childhood candy consumption is served alongside her research into the surprising and often bitter history of candy. Hopkins's post-journey epiphany: Adulthood is when one has the money but has lost the desire to buy every candy in the shop. Sweet Tooth is illustrated throughout with Kate's Candy Bag sidebars, which describe and rate other treats against York Peppermint Patties: for example 1 York Peppermint Patty is equal to 1 Cadbury Egg but 1,645 black licorice jelly beans. Sweet Tooth indeed!"
"Review" by , "Kate Hopkins is excellent company — witty, self-deprecating and intensely curious — as she travels through Europe and the United States in search of the story of candy. Packed with nuggets of fascinating history, it is also a gentle chew on the nature of growing up and a search for her eleven-year-old self, who equated sugar with love and lived for the innocent pleasure of a sweet treat. Hopkins is not afraid to address the darker side of sugars history, nor the bland hegemony and cynical marketing of today's mega-corporations — Cadbury World in England is like 'an ecstasy trip gone horribly wrong' — but she is still at heart unashamedly and infectiously in love with candy."
"Review" by , "A pleasing chronology of candy through the ages."
"Review" by , "The authors track record as a stand-up comedian serves her well, producing good-humored, but never flip, comments."
"Synopsis" by ,
A cultural history of candy—how it evolved from medicine and a luxury to today's Kit Kat bars and M&M's

Told through the Kate Hopkins' travels in Europe and the U.S., Sweet Tooth is a first-hand account of her obsession with candy and a detailed look at its history and development. The sugary treats we enjoy today have a prominent past entertaining kings, curing the ill, and later developing into a billion-dollar industry. The dark side of this history is that the confectionery industry has helped create an environment of unhealthy overindulgence, has quelled any small business competition that was deemed to be a risk to any large company's bottom line, and was largely responsible for the slave trade that evolved during the era of colonization.

Candy's history is vast and complex and plays a distinct part in the growth of the Western world. Thanks to the ubiquity of these treats which allows us to take them for granted, that history has been hidden or forgotten. Until now. Filled with Hopkins' trademark humor and accompanied by her Candy Grab Bag tasting notes, Sweet Tooth is a must-read for everybody who considers themselves a candy freak.

 

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