Chocolate Scandal in France — Can it Now be Revealed?

Now it may be told!  A few years ago (this is true) the European Union Financial Council adjusted the definition of chocolate, bringing down the amount of cocoa butter required for a food to be so labeled, allowing the substitution of vegetable oil instead.  In this, it followed an already existing American standard.  But how would such a change be received in a country like France, where food is sacred?

Then came the call this year from Third Flatiron Publishing that their Spring 2016 theme anthology would be on the subject IT’S COME TO OUR ATTENTION.  “Under the radar:  things that are happening quietly, without a lot of fanfare, that may still be extremely significant or make a big difference.  Like, what’s going on with all those bees. . . .”  Or, in this case, perhaps all that chocolate.

You are what you eat, yes?

Well anyway the word came Thursday from Editor Juliana Rew that my flash story “Chocolat” has been accepted.  “I’ve read ‘Chocolat’ and really loved it.  So, please consider it sold.”  This is a new story, and now its secret will be revealed, the reaction from those who truly appreciate the finer pleasures in life.

Publication date is set for February 15, 2016.  Do you dare to find out?


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