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The Business of Halloween

Trick-or-treating is big business! The chocolate industry is expected to reach $24.9 billion by 2027 (Mintel), and seasonal non-chocolate candy sales "represent a notable portion of candy sales and are growing" (IBISWorld). To learn more about the history of chocolate, candy, and the companies at the center of this industry, check out these books available on the shelves at Pardee or online through the BU Libraries Catalog. Happy Halloween from the Pardee staff!

Featured Books for Halloween

Pez : From Austrian Invention to American Icon

Location: Online
PEZ is an American classic and a staple of many childhood memories. Take an inside look, through words and vintage images of this iconic brand. Yet it originated in Austria, where PEZ began in 1927 as compressed peppermint tablets marketed as an alternative to smoking. Upon arrival in the United States in 1952, PEZ quickly took a new direction, adding fruit flavors and three-dimensional character heads to top the dispensers. Now produced in Orange, Connecticut, the iconic PEZ brand is available in over eighty countries, selling more than sixty-five million dispensers annually and inspiring collectors and fans worldwide. Join the world's first and only official PEZ historian, Shawn Peterson, on a journey of sweet proportions for an inside look at the world's most cherished interactive candy.

The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars

Location: Pardee Stacks HD9200.U54 H473 1999
Forrest Mars and Milton Hershey were visionaries who built vast kingdoms of candy through the force of their imagination and determination. In this eight-year investigation of the candy business, former Washington Post reporter Joel Glenn Brenner takes us inside a world as mysterious as Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, where industrial spies jockey for trade secrets and paranoid executives fight an all-out war for America's sweet tooth.Forrest Mars, the "Howard Hughes of candy", is one of the most private and innovative entrepreneurs in America, a brilliant autocrat who built one of the world's most unique companies.

Books for Halloween

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