The Candy Monkey Raves


| January / February 2006

Things get sticky when one writer mixes candy and politics

In spring 2004 I published an extremely strange book called Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America, which I described to my publisher (and the publisher described to readers) as "half candy porn, half candy polemic." The book is a memoir of my own lifelong sweets fetish, as well as an account of my cross-country journey to various small, independent candy bar manufacturers.



It got reviewed in a lot of unexpected venues, none, to my mind, more so than the right-wing magazine the National Review. The Review review was a kind assessment most of the way. But then, perhaps inevitably, the reviewer expressed disapproval of my decision to include my political views in the book.