Do you remember Vianne Rocher, the single mother of the six-year-old Anouk, who comes to settle in a repressed French village, and opens a chocolate shop much to the disapproval of the parish clergy? As time passes, the sundry townsfolk is gradually influenced by the lady and her chocolates through different but interesting ways, and even finds solution to their everyday troubles through chocolates. That was a 1999 novel called Chocolat by Joanne Harris, adapted to a film of the same name next year. However fictional, it shows the magnitude of the influence bakeries and confectioneries might have on people. A baker or a confectioner is not just a business owner, they are deliverer of dreams and promises!
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