Chocolate Rain

by | Aug 24, 2020


2020 has been a wild ride–and now it’s raining chocolate.

In the year that just won’t quit, there are few things that surprise us. But that didn’t stop residents of a small Swiss town from being shocked to find chocolate raining from the sky.

The odd occurrence happened because of a minor defect in the cooling ventilation for a line of roasted cocoa nibs. The nibs, small fragments of crushed cocoa beans, are the base foundation of chocolate. So the defect, combined with strong winds, spread the powder around the factory.

The damage was minimal. One car was coated with chocolate, but everything else receive a light dusting that did not stick long. The company offered to pay for cleaning costs, but so far has not been taken up on the offer.

Despite the glitch, the work in the factory was not interrupted and the ventilation system has now been repaired. The company says the chocolate is completely harmless to people or the environment.

And considering everything else we’ve been shocked by these past few months, a chocolate windstorm might be a sweet sight.

Brian Banmiller

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