Chocolate Snowflakes Dust Swiss Town Due to a Factory Malfunction

It’s a chocolate lover’s dream come true.

August 20, 2020


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It’s a chocolate lover’s dream come true: fine flakes of chocolate drifting down from the sky like snow, dusting everything below — cars, buildings — looking and smelling choco-licious.

That actually happened Friday morning in Olten, Switzerland, located between Zurich and Basel, thanks to a glitch in the ventilation system at the local Lindt & Sprungli chocolate factory. After the minor malfunction occurred in the factory’s “cocoa nibs” — or crushed cocoa beans — roasting area, residents found the air and the town below it powdered with chocolate. It was a windy day, and the chocolate particles had been sent flying and swirling like snow, the AP reports.

Olten townspeople and chocolate fans took to social media to share images of the surprise summertime chocolate snowfall, generating excitement on Twitter.

“What sweet news,” wrote one commenter.

“Another reason to live in Switzerland,” enthused another.

“Sounds like paradise,” wrote a third.

To be sure, there were some who worried about possible downsides — like potential flammability and people licking cars — but Lindt told the AP that the chocolate particles posed no harm to either people or the environment and that it has offered to pay residents for car cleaning. (No licking needed.)

It also said it has repaired the faulty ventilation system and that the malfunction had not impeded the production of chocolate. Phew!

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