Pure, conventional white snow isn’t exactly an unusual sight in the small Swiss town of Olten – especially in winter. But chocolate snow? Well, that’s a new one.
Residents of the town, between Zurich and Basel, left their houses on Friday morning to find particles of fine cocoa powder falling from the sky. But this was no Willy Wonka-inspired divine intervention: the ventilation system at a nearby chocolate factory had simply malfunctioned.
Strong winds had spread the powder around the immediate vicinity of the Lindt & Sprüngli factory, leaving a fine dusting of cocoa, a company spokesperson confirmed yesterday.
There had been a minor glitch in the cooling ventilation system in a part of the factory making roasted ‘cocoa nibs’, which is the basis of most chocolate bars.
The firm has offered to pay the cleaning fee for a white car – pictured above – which was covered in the chocolate dust, although the owner has not yet taken them up on the offer.
While we wouldn’t go quite that far, we wouldn’t blame them for simply licking all that delicious choccy off themselves. When was the last time high-quality Swiss cocoa actually fell from the sky, after all?
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