Chicago's Sweet Candy History.
Readers of Chicago's Sweet Candy History are in for some surprises and perhaps some laughs. I was particularly amused by how hard some of the candy makers promoted their sweets as healthy foods. On page 39 is an advertisement by Bunte Brothers telling how their healthy candies were empowering American soldiers in World War I. The two ads on page 82 suggested athletes perform better after eating candy. Some people just needed a bit of candy to get through a work day, as seen in an ad on page 81. "Candy is delicious food - enjoy some everyday" was the slogan pushed by the National Confectioners Association in 1938. It was no coincidence that Chicago also became a center for advertising agencies.
I enjoyed reading about candies that disappeared, such as Alexander the Grape, the Amos 'n' Andy Bar, the Lindy Bar, Fluffy Ruffles, and the Reggie Bar. I also liked learning the history behind some of my favorite candies. Did you know that the original Three Musketeers had three pieces? Each had a different filling - chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla. That would be worth traveling through time to try.
Many Images of America books are of interest only to the communities they celebrate, but Chicago's Sweet Candy History should have more national appeal, for former children everywhere will remember eating Cracker Jacks, Milk Duds, Tootsie Rolls, Butterfingers, Lemonheads, Snickers, and Atomic Fire Balls.
Goddard, Leslie. Chicago's Sweet Candy History. Arcadia Publishing, 2012. 128p. ISBN 9780738593821.