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Swiss Town Gets a Dusting of Lindt Chocolate After Factory Malfunction

by Eben Diskin Aug 18, 2020

Chocolate lovers have long dreamed of it, and Switzerland has made it a reality: Chocolate falling from the sky is now a thing. In the Swiss town of Olten, the residents have experienced the whimsical phenomenon of a chocolate snowfall.

Particles of fine cocoa powder spread around town on Friday after the cooling ventilation of the local Lindt & Spruengli chocolate factory malfunctioned in an incident that isn’t exactly unwelcome.

According to the factory, a defect occurred in the ventilation for a line of roasted cocoa nibs, which are fragments of crushed cocoa beans. The malfunction, combined with strong winds, caused cocoa powder to drift to the ground around the factory’s immediate vicinity.

Thankfully, the incident didn’t throw a wrench into the factory’s chocolate production. The particles are completely harmless to people and the environment, the ventilation system has been repaired, and the factory is continuing its operations as normal.

One car in the area was lightly coated with a sprinkling of cocoa, and the company even offered to pay for any cleaning needed as a result. The car’s owner hasn’t yet responded to the offer — probably because they already licked all the chocolate away.

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