It’s raining chocolate in a Swiss city!
We all love chocolate. Be it bars, or mixing it in our milk, or a piece of chocolate cake… the food item is everybody’s favourite. What would you do if you woke up one morning to find that it’s raining chocolate in your city?
Well, something similar happened in a small town of Switzerland recently. In Olten, between Zurich and Basel, citizens were in a sweet surprise to wake up to a chocolate snow one morning. The whole city was covered in the coco dust, but behold you can’t lick it as yet.
An inspection revealed that the chocolate snow was a result of a minor defect in a famous chocolate factory. The Lindt & Spruengli company confirmed that there was a minor defect in the cooling ventilation for a line for roasted “cocoa nibs” in its factory in Olten, between Zurich and Basel.
The nibs, fragments of crushed cocoa beans, are the basis of chocolate. Combined with strong winds, the powder spread around the immediate vicinity of the factory, leaving a fine cocoa dusting.
Factory production was able to continue as normal and the company says the particles were completely harmless to people or the environment. Well, I am sure nobody was complaining with all the chocolate around!
First developed by the Mayans 3,000 years ago in what is now Mexico, chocolate was initially consumed as a bitter, highly spiced drink. It was so valued that it was used as a source of currency and even as a sacrifice to the gods. In the 18th century, chocolate was used as a form of payment to soldiers during the American Revolutionary War.