A leak at a chocolate factory in West Germany caused more than a ton of melted chocolate to literally pave a street with brown, gooey goodness.
Chocolate is good all year round in our books, but when it gets to this time of year, the chocolatiers of the world must be working over time. Even though Easter tends to be the holiday most associated with the sweet treat, we'd put our money on more of it getting consumed over the festive period than when the Easter Bunny is overseeing proceedings.
Whether we are eating it in the form of logs, out of our advent calendars, or in bars just like the rest of the year, Christmas is a time for chocolate. That's why news that there has been an incident at a chocolate factory deep into December that has literally seen a ton of chocolate go to waste might strike fear into the hearts of Christmas lovers with a sweet tooth.
On December 10, exactly that happened at the DreiMeister chocolate factory in Westoennen, a town in West Germany. German newspaper Soester Anzeiger reported last week that a small technical defect with one of the factory's tanks led to a literal ton of chocolate leaking out and running down a street, akin to something from Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.
As magical and entertaining as that sounds, there was a pretty big problem. The low temperatures in Germany right now meant that the chocolate hardened and froze pretty quickly. The 108 square feet of it that managed to escape the tank it was contained in quite literally paved a nearby street. It took a team of 25 firefighters armed with shovels and warm water to return the road to its normally non-chocolate coated state.
Even though the incident happened very close to Christmas, factory boss Markus Luckey has informed DreiMeister chocolate fans that there is nothing to worry about. Apparently, if it had happened any closer to Christmas then it would have been a catastrophe. However, by the time you read this, Mr. Luckey claims that the factory will be back up and running, prepping its products for the festive season.