'Chocolate Snow' Blankets Swiss Town After Local Factory Mishap

A factory mishap in the Swiss town of Olten covered the neighborhood in a layer of chocolate snow.
Brad Bergan
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Days ago, the ventilation systems of a chocolate factory in Olten, Switzerland malfunctioned in a cartoonish mishap — spreading a fine layer of cocoa dust or "chocolate snow" everywhere near the factory, according to AP News.


Ray Swi-Hymm Olten Factory
A Swiss chocolate factory in Olten saw a 'miracle.' Source: Ray Swi-hymn / Flickr

'Chocolate snow' spreads around Swiss town after factory mishap

The Swiss factory — called Lindt & Spruengli — experienced a perfect combination of mishaps, causing a chocolate powder to fire out through its ventilation system and creating chocolate snow that left fine cocoa dust on every outdoor surface nearby the facility.

Olten Chocolate Snow
One 'casualty' of the chocolate snow was a car, here coated in a layer of cocoa powder. Source: Olten / Twitter

Only one vehicle in the vicinity was affected — a car lightly coated with chocolate powder, according to AP News. While the company offered to pay for any cleaning services required, no one has asked for its help.

No one was hurt by the chocolate snow.

Brutalist Wall With Chocolate Car
Chocolate snow brings to mind the film "Willy Wonka." Source: Auskar Surbakti / Twitter

Chocolate factory mishap not enough for 'Willy Wonka' lake

In a time before the internet, a 1970s movie called "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" told the story of a young boy who won a golden ticket to a giant candy factory where outlandish chocolate lakes, edible wallpaper, and soda that makes people float teased viewers with the possibilities of open access to the secret sweets of a chocolate factory.

Chocolate on Streets
Chocolate on the streets of Olten, Switzerland. Source: Auskar Surbakti / Twitter

Sadly, there wasn't enough chocolate snow to build chocolate snowmen, let alone enough to melt into a lake. With only a fine layer of cocoa powder lining outdoor surfaces, we can at least take solace in knowing that at any time — a chocolate factory could start spewing raw chocolatey goodness into the atmosphere — a welcome change of pace to the growing worries surrounding the climate crisis.

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