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A Swiss town was covered in ‘chocolate snow’ after a factory malfunction

Ventilation problems sent cocoa dust flying out of a Lindt factory in the small town of Olten last week

Huw Oliver
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Huw Oliver

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.

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