The chocolate maker says a ventilation problem launched cocoa powder into the open air outside its facility last Friday morning. The wind caught the powder and spread it across the neighbourhood, leaving a fine dusting of sweet, sweet chocolate.
Lindt confirmed the incident in a statement to the Associated Press on Tuesday. The company says the powder came from cocoa nibs, which are the crushed cocoa bean fragments used to make chocolate.
It wasn’t a Willy Wonka-style chocolate giveaway, but rather a defect in the factory’s cooling ventilation, Lindt said.
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 top of a car on Twitter.
Lindt has offered to pay for someone to clean the chocolate off the car, though it probably wouldn’t be hard to find a volunteer.
The factory defect has since been repaired, Lindt says.
In other words, chocolate rain is only in the past, they say.
— With files from The Associated Press