Lindt factory malfunction causes 'chocolate snow' to fall on town

Published by 7NEWS.COM.AU

Summary generated on August 19, 2020

    Residents of a Swiss town had a shock when it started snowing particles of a fine cocoa powder - thanks to a malfunction at the local Lindt factory.

    The Lindt & Spruengli company says there was a minor defect in the cooling ventilation for a line for roasted "Cocoa nibs" in its facility at Olten, between Zurich and Basel.

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

    Strong winds on Friday morning spread the powder around the immediate vicinity of the factory, leaving a fine cocoa dusting.

    The company says one car was lightly coated in the powder.

    Lindt has offered to pay for any cleaning needed, but hasn't yet been taken up on the offer.

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