Chocolate Snow Falls Over Swiss Town Due To Factory Malfunction

If you’ve ever wished you could’ve lived a real-life version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and then grew up to learn that’s not a real thing, you’re in luck. We live in a world where chocolate can actually quite possibly fall from the sky. Find out how one town got so lucky.

Dreams Really Do Come True

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Photo Credit: Lin Mei / Unsplash

If you’ve ever dreamed of chocolate falling out of the sky, it turns out dreams really do come true in places like Switzerland, where Lindt chocolate fell from the sky to the surprise and confusion of the people in the town of Olten.

What Went Wrong?

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Photo Credit: Photos Hobby / Unsplash

Basically, there was a ventilation problem in the Lindt factory. The vents took it upon themselves to launch cocoa powder into the open air outside the facility. Then, with a little help from the wind, the powder spread across the town, leaving a fine sweet trail of chocolate dust on cars, people, and homes.

It Sadly Wasn’t On Purpose

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Photo Credit: Naomi Tamar / Unsplash

Sadly, the company wasn’t trying to spread the love in Willy Wonka fashion and give away free chocolate, or it might have done it a little differently. It was all a mistake caused by a defect in the factory’s cooling ventilation, Lindt said.

The particles were harmless for people and the environment, The Independent reported, and the company was quick to fix the problem and resume work at the factory.

Volunteers To Clean Up Are Welcome

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Photo Credit: Daniel Von Appen / Unsplash

Lindt has made a statement offering to actually pay for someone to clean the chocolate off the sullied cars and buildings. You can bet some people delightfully volunteered hoping for a free chocolate supply in return

It Sadly Probably Won’t Happen Again

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Photo Credit: Gabriel Santiago / Unsplash

The factory defect has since been repaired (sadly). This means chocolate rain is now a thing of the past, as the ventilation system has now been repaired and extra regulations have most likely been implemented.

It Wasn’t The First Time, Though

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Photo Credit: Roberto Nickson / Unsplash

This isn’t the first time something like this happened. In 2018, a chocolate tank overflowed from the DreiMeister chocolate factory onto the streets of Westoennen, Germany, just in time for the Christmas holidays.

However, since it was such a cold season, the chocolate quickly froze and firefighters had to be called to remove the chocolaty road.

The Cleanup Isn’t Easy

Lindt Home Of Chocolate Building
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Photo Credit: Ricardo Gomez Angel / Unsplash

The cleanup in 2018 required 25 firefighters equipped with hot water, shovels, and torches, and a good number of hours.

This time, the Swiss company confirmed that the company will pay for any cleaning required.