CandyProfessor offers a cultural and historical view of American candy over the past century, one post at a time. I’m interested in things like: what people thought and said about candy; how candy got made and packaged and marketed and sold; who ate candy and when and why. To find the answers to these questions, I do research: newspapers, journals, trade publications, on the web, whatever I can find.
I also try to stay on top of current candy news. When something catches my eye, I’ll include it here, and try to put it in a broader historical context.
If you are looking for blogs about tasting candy, or eating candy, or reviews of new candy products, check out some of the blogs on my Blogroll. I do like candy, of course. And I do eat it as well. But I only know so many ways to say “mmm, tastes good,” so I’ll leave the reviews to the pros.
I enjoyed a career as an actual professor until recently, when I decided to leave the University so I could write full time. CandyProfessor brings together my fascination with candy, my love of writing, and my intellectual curiosity which inspires me to dig around in dusty archives and obscure databases.
I’ve recently completed a book about candy in America called Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure (pub. Faber and Faber). Look for it in October 2013. In addition to the short snippets posted on CandyProfessor, I have also written about candy on websites for The Atlantic, Gastronomica, and Saveur, and published research articles in the Journal of American Culture and the American Journal of Play. Click here for links to my candy writings on other sites.
If you are interested in knowing more about my academic credentials and publications on non-candy topics, click here to see my CV.