Cocoa ‘snow’ falls in Swiss town after a malfunction at a chocolate factory

Residents in a small Swiss town had a bit of shock when they discovered that it was snowing chocolate.

While it might sound like the stuff of dreams, the magical incident actually took place after a malfunction at a chocolate factory.

Particles of a fine cocoa powder were released into the air due to a defect with a cooling ventilation system. This combined with strong winds led to fine dusting of cocoa being left around the immediate vicinity of the factory.

The Lindt & Spruengli company confirmed on Tuesday that there was a minor defect in the ventilation for a line for roasted ‘cocoa nibs’ at its factory in Olten – which is located between Zurich and Basel.

The nibs – AKA fragments of crushed cocoa beans – are the basis of chocolate.

A tweet from the official Twitter account of the town showed a picture of a car lightly coated in the ‘chocolate snow’, with the caption reading: ‘Cocoa rain in the Olten industrial quarter: the ventilation system is to blame.’


Lindt has offered to pay the cleaning fee for the vehicle, although the owner is yet to take the company up on the offer.

Thankfully, factory production was able to continue as normal and the company stressed that the particles were completely harmless to people and the environment. The broken ventilation system has since been repaired.

In other chocolatey news, Cadbury announced news that it’s reintroducing the chocolate orange Twirl bar in the shops as of mid September. For those looking to get their hands on the sweet treats before then, Cadbury is holding a second pre-sale this Thursday at 12pm, following the first one earlier this week.

Sweet tooths can also now make a ‘lazy’ no-bake chocolate cake using just three ingredients.

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