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Candy wars

Bizarre developments in candy land.

This morning I got an email from a candy retail website requesting (in a not very nice way) that I remove a link in one of my posts. It was alleged that my link was hurting their SEOs.

Being cooperative and perhaps naive regarding the machinations of the internet, I complied, but also posted a sort of nasty riposte here on Candy Professor.

Then I got an email from the candy retail website, the CEO with whom I’ve corresponded before, requesting that I remove that post  because the original threatening email WAS NOT in fact from the candy site. They suspect sabotage by competitors.

Little me, caught in the cross fire. My faith in humanity was bruised by the first act, and demolished by the second. I’m putting everything back the way it was, and minding my own business from here on out. The whole episode makes me want to flee to Siberia and live in an internet-free yurt.


February 3, 2014 at 11:27 am 2 comments

Today’s Interesting Candy Facts

1. If you spill some M&Ms while you are riding in the car, and you happen to accidentally sit on one for several hours, and it stains your white pants, you can get the stain out with Spray and Wash.

2. If you are at a restaurant, and they give out those red peppermints in cellophane, and you put one in your pocket for later, and you forget about it, and you put your pants in the wash, you will find the wrapper at the bottom of your washer. You will not find the peppermint.

3. If you are driving home for several hours in the dark, and you stop at a gas station to “use the facilities,” and you feel like you ought to buy something since you are using all their nice facilities, and you notice a new kind of “3x Chocolate Snickers” featuring chocolate-ish nougat and chocolate-ish caramel along with the usual chocolate coating, and you buy it, and you break it into pieces in the car to share with your family, and your loving spouse drops some of the crumbs of chocolate onto his shirt, and they melt, you will need that Spray and Wash again. You will not, however, need to try another 3x Chocolate Snickers.

Have any other interesting candy facts to share?

January 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm 3 comments

CBS Sunday Morning on the Tootsie Trail

CBS Sunday Morning broadcast a fun segment on the mysteries of Tootsie Roll…pay attention and you’ll catch a glimpse of yours truly!

January 6, 2014 at 9:40 am Leave a comment

Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving candy

November 19, 2013 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

Celebrating CANDY with Original Music

CANDY not only tastes good, it sounds good too! In honor of the publication of CANDY, my Fearless Assistant (aka Jelly Bean Baby) has composed an original clarinet solo titled “Candy Books.”

Press play to hear it:


October 16, 2013 at 11:10 am 1 comment

Happy Book Birth Day!

Today is the official publication date for Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure.

Four years in the making. Thank you to all the Candy Professor folks who encouraged me with along the way. I can’t wait to hear what you think.

Ask for CANDY at your local book shop!

October 15, 2013 at 10:47 am 6 comments

Starred Reviews for CANDY

Reviewers for both Booklist and Kirkus have awarded CANDY: A CENTURY OF PANIC AND PLEASURE the coveted star!

Kirkus (starred review):

“Though the subject matter may be fluffy, the treatment is substantive and significant, representing an important contribution to the literature about what, and how, we eat in 21st-century America.”

Read the full Kirkus review here

Booklist (starred review):

“…lively, engaging, and deliciously descriptive….With a helpful heaping of information in every verbal bite, this fascinating social and culinary history gives readers a deeper understanding of the powerful forces at work behind the brightly colored wrappers.”

Read the full Booklist review here

October 8, 2013 at 11:22 am Leave a comment

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Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure

Welcome to Candy Professor

Candy in American Culture What is it about candy? Here you'll find the forgotten, the strange, the curious, the surprising. Our candy story, one post at a time.

Samira Kawash, PhD
Professor Emerita,
Rutgers University

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