Chocolate ‘snow’ falls over entire Swiss town after malfunction at Lindt factory

A town in Switzerland was left covered in a blanket of chocolate dusting after a malfunction at the local Lindt factory.

The fairytale-like scenes occurred after the ventilation system for a line for roasted cocoa nibs malfunctioned in its factory in Olten, between Zurich and Basel on Friday.

The nibs, fragments of crushed cocoa beans, are the basis of chocolate.

After escaping the factory in the ventilation system, the cocoa nibs were picked up by strong winds, spreading around the immediate vicinity of the factory, The Lindt & Spruengli company confirmed on Tuesday.

The company says one car was lightly coated, and that it has offered to pay for any cleaning needed – but hasn't yet been taken up on the offer.

Factory production was able to continue as normal and the company says the particles were completely harmless to people or the environment.

The ventilation system has now been repaired.

It's just the latest news to get chocoholics salivating.

Cadbury has announced its Orange Twirl bar is making an epic return to UK shelves.

The chocolate giant announced the news today and Brits have the opportunity to get one without leaving their house.

It first appeared on shelves in 2019 but it sold out far too quickly when it did.

Meanwhile a study of more than 336,000 people found those who indulged in chocolate at least once a week reduced their risk of coronary artery disease by 8%.

However experts say this doesn't mean we should all be stuffing our faces with chocolate in a bid to stay healthy.

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