Sugar Rush

If you are on a diet go ahead and stop reading this now. No willpower when it comes to sweets and chocolate? Really, stop reading before this becomes dangerous to your health.

I love candy. Not just chocolates and fancy truffles, but even hard candy and other kinds of sugary confections. So it was only natural that when I saw Candy and Me: A Love Story by Hilary Liftin on the library bookshelf this weekend, I knew I had to have it. Kind of like when I see peanut M&Ms or dark chocolate.

I drove home and started reading it as soon as I came in the house, no matter that I had another book liked up to read. As I got further into the book, I couldn’t believe how unprepared I was for reading this. Where was my bag of gumdrops, Skittles or even a good ol’ Snickers candy bar? Could it be possible that we didn’t have a single piece of candy in the house?

Each chapter is devoted to a love for a certain candy at a specific time in her life. Sometimes it is about breaking up and finding comfort in white chocolate or Smarties as a breakfast fare during her college years. I had some crazy obsessions too – remember Pop Rocks?

I concede though that I have met my match. This woman really loves candy. This book is probably not for everyone, but for those of you who have a sweet tooth you can safely indulge in the descriptions without causing much damage to those pearly whites. Or you can run out and get your favorite sweet. I know I’ll be looking for Blow Pops and peanut butter cups the next time I go to the store. What will you get?