The History Of Chocolate

What a waste: Chocolate tank spills, coating street in candy

It seems like a storyline for a sequel to “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” but a tank holding chocolate somehow spilled, sending the brown liquid into a nearby street, bringing a town in Germany to a stop.

It was described as a “small technical defect,” The Guardian reported.

It happened in the small town of Werl Monday night, Reuters reported.

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Once the chocolate hit the road, it became solid. It was so hard that more than two dozen firefighters had to use shovels, hot water and blowtorches to clean up the chocolate that coated 108 square feet of the road. 

Eventually a cleaning specialist came to scoop up the chocolate, Reuters reported.

For those who may be worried that chocolate may not be under the tree, fire department officials said not to fret.

“Despite this heartbreaking incident, it is unlikely that a chocolate-free Christmas is imminent,” officials told the BBC.

DreiMeister officials, the company that made the chocolate, expected to have the plant up and running in full Wednesday, the BBC reported.

Chocolate spilled from a tank that had a "small technical defect."
Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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