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Halloween brings little goblins and ghouls to front doors in search of one thing: candy. The holiday stands somewhat at odds with current concerns about "hyperpalatable" foods, sugar consumption and obesity. Yet our cultural connections to candy are deep and sales remain strong. We explore the history of candy and how these treats have shaped the American sweet tooth.
Excerpted from CANDY: A Century of Panic and Pleasure by Samira Kawash, published in October 2013 by Faber and Faber, Inc., an affiliate of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. Copyright © 2013 by Samira Kawash. All rights reserved.