In Sweetness Preserved, folklorist Dr. John Oldani safeguards the history of St. Louis' best-known confectionery. Visit Crown Candy Kitchen today and enjoy the same delicious ice cream and candy that the Karandzieff family has been serving since 1913. Coming from Macedonia in the great immigrant wave near the turn of the last century, the Karandzieffs have lived the "American Dream" through three generations. Oldani captures their wit and wisdom, and the charm of a still-popular shop that hasn't changed in nearly 100 years. With stories and recipes, from the Chocolate Easter Monkey to the Uncle Sam Sundae, Oldani fills us with longing-if not for an earlier era, then certainly for the finest sweets this side of the Mississippi.