Like a nice piece of tiramisu, part of a Swiss town was coated with a fine dusting of cocoa powder after the ventilation system at a local chocolate factory malfunctioned. In other words, there was a chocolate rain.
The Lindt & Sprüngli company confirmed that a minor defect in the cooling ventilation system on a line for roasted cocoa nibs led to the chocolate falling from the sky, an image that feels straight out of a Homer Simpson daydream.
The factory is located in Olten, a town between Zurich and Bern about ten miles south of the German border. It’s the largest facility in the Lindt production network, processing much of the cocoa that’s then shipped by train to the company’s other European plants, where it forms the basis for the company’s wide array of chocolate products.
Luckily, the confectionary precipitation doesn’t seem to have caused much of a headache for anyone. The company has offered to pay for any damage the ground-up nibs might have caused, but so far no one has taken them up on the offer. It also said that the particles are completely harmless to people and the environment and that production at the factory wasn’t slowed by the incident.
Somewhat sadly, the ventilation system has already been fixed, meaning that Olten’s forecast is full of normal weather and not the kind of whimsical that would feel at home in a Roald Dahl novel.