When relationships soured or writing projects stalled, sugary confections helped him through. He has trouble letting go of brands of yore, like the domed chocolate and peanut butter Oompahs and the Caravelle, the chocolate bar that inspired his new book "Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America." He has crisscrossed America visiting small-town candy factories, relishing the sweets that never make it to the shelves of Wal-Mart and Stop & Shop.
Tune in for a tour of America sweetest spots.
Steve Almond, his new book is "Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America." He teaches creative writing at Boston College and is also the author of "My Life in Heavy Metal."
This program aired on September 6, 2004.