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A Town In Switzerland Was Covered In Lindt Chocolate Dust After A Factory Malfunction

If ever there was something that I hoped would be a thing that happened in Switzerland — besides someone in pigtails yodelling from a snow-capped mountain top — it would be chocolate rain.

As much as this sounds like (and completely is) something I came up with after my 100th viewing of Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, I’m delighted to report it also absolutely just happened. Well, sort of.

In the Swiss town of Olten, where a Lindt & Spruengli chocolate factory does its thing, residents were descended upon by particles of fine cocoa powder falling from the sky.

Apparently, there was a malfunction in the factory’s ventilation on a line which roasted cocoa nibs (which are just crushed cocoa beans, in case you weren’t awareness).

It also happened to be a rather windy day, and the when these two things combine, it means chocolate slowly drifts all over town.

Aka, magic actually happens.

Now, to be fair, as fun as this sounds to me from far across the ocean, it was probably actually a minor nuisance to get a fine chocolate dust all over your things. Apparently it really was only very light though, and the factory has offered to clean at least one chocolatey car to compensate.

I personally would wash it myself and ask for compensation by way of a lifetime supply of Lindt chocolate — which is obviously the best — but that might just be me.

I’m also curious if anyone thought to run outside with a bunch of bowls and jars to catch the free cocoa powder for use in their own kitchens? Surely sky-born cocoa would make that choccie cake extra light and fluffy?

This is honestly the best news to come out of Switzerland since I found out they were asking people around the world to record their screams so the country could literally play them into the (very beautiful) void.

(Lead Image: Unsplash / Pascal Debrunner)