Date:December 5, 2020

Swiss Village Covered In ‘Chocolate Snowflakes’ Due To Lindt Factory Malfunction

The chocoholic dream came true for residents of a small Swiss town on Saturday when ‘chocolate snow’ seemed to fall from the sky.

In what is perhaps the most whimsical news of the year, it was snowing chocolate in Switzerland earlier this week. On Tuesday, Aug. 18, the Lindt & Sprünglii company confirmed reports of chocolate “snow” dusting the ground surrounding its Swiss manufacturing plant. The internet responded with a resounding, “I want to go to there.”

Olten in Switzerland. Getty

Residents of Olten, the Swiss town where Lindt & Sprüngli’s factory is located, noticed fine particles of chocolate on cars and streets that looked very much like the result of chocolate snow. Before you pack up and move to Switzerland, this is not a meteorological phenomenon you can expect to happen again. As reported by the Associated Press, the cocoa “snow” was caused by a ventilation malfunction, specifically the cooling ventilation line that roasts cocoa nibs. That combined with strong winds lead to the dusting of chocolate powder near the factory.

Lindt says it was a minor incident that did not stop production, and the cocoa poses no threat to the surrounding area.

The town shared a photo of the chocolate dusted over the top of a car on Twitter.

Cocoa powder is shown on a vehicle in Olten, Switzerland, on Aug. 14, 2020. Town of Olten/Twitter

People have been responding to the news with good humor, of course, because who doesn’t love the idea of living in a wonderland of chocolate snow?

“It finally happened guys!! 2020 screwed up just enough that it finally did something right,” one Twitter user said.

“Chocolate snowflakes falling from the sky, dreams do come true,” said one Twitter user. Some commented on the idea of chocolate snow happening during such a tumultuous year, with one user tweeting, “Who had ‘chocolate snow’ in their 2020 bingo card?”

Others got creative, with one user rewriting the lyrics to “Candyman,” while some clearly have plans to move to the town as soon as possible. “Wow, this is like a Hallmark movie. Clearly I need to move here if this is the kind of news you get,” said one user.

Lindt and Sprüngli told the Associated Press that the chocolate was harmless to people and the environment, and it has offered to pay for any cleanup costs — though no one has yet taken up the offer.

Fortunately (or perhaps, unfortunately) the problem with the ventilation system has been fixed, according to APSadly, you probably won’t get a nice flurry of cocoa next time you travel to Switzerland.