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candyCandy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure By Samira Kawash

You stop at a convenience store to fuel up and grab a drink for the road. While you‘re waiting in line you find yourself starring at your favorite candy placed conveniently under the checkout counter. Your mouth starts to water as you recall the taste of your favorite sweet, tart or sour flavored candy. Then Images of cavities, diabetes and other serious health problems begin to flood your mind and keep you from purchasing the sugary sweet.

So why is there such a poor stigma surrounding candy, when it is not so different from the slew of other processed foods lining the grocery store shelves?  Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure by Samira Kawash is a fascinating story of the history of candy, from its start as a handmade luxury treat to its mass production and how it came to be so mistrusted today. Find out why eating candy might not be as bad as you think and start feeling better about eating some sugar once in awhile.

~Jacqueline Zdanis is a library assistant at the Oliver Wolcott Library

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