Susan Benjamin

Susan Benjamin has researched communications and the history of culture for almost 40 years. The author of ten books, she was a journalist, college professor and communications strategist for Fortune 500s and other large organizations, including a Clinton and later George W. Bush White House initiative. A lifelong entrepreneur, Ms. Benjamin now devotes her attention to researching the history of sugars and sweets. She gives presentations at museums, historical societies and other venues nation-wide, including the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the Deadwood Museum in South Dakota, and the Mount Vernon Gardens and Hotel, which the New York Times cited as one of the top five events of the weekend.  She is also founder of True Treats Historic Candy, based in Harpers Ferry, WV, the nation’s only research-based candy company, listed by Food Network Magazine, delish.com and Holiday Lettings, Trip Advisor’s international arm, as one of the nation’s top 50 “Sweet Spots.” Her tenth book, “Sweet as Sin: The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became America’s Favorite Pleasure” (Prometheus, 2016) made the Smithsonian’s “Best of Books about Food for 2016.” Her articles and op-eds were distributed by Knight-Rider/McClatchy, and have appeared in such places as the Chicago Tribune and Miami Herald, as well as other newspapers, magazines, and online publications. As a guest, she has appeared on programs via National Public Radio, Fox News, NBC News, Voice of America, ABC News Hour Radio, CNN and many more. Articles featuring Ms. Benjamin have appeared in such places as Salon.com, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Vice/Munchies.com, the Arizona Republic, the Sacramento Bee, Woman’s Day, Bon Appétit, and others. She belongs to the Culinary Historians of Washington D.C. and the National Press Club.

 

                   

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