A street in Germany was paved in chocolate last week after a storage tank at a nearby factory leaked and spilled an entire ton of liquid chocolate out into the world.
When you hear of a factory leak or explosion it is almost always bad news. Oil leaking into the ocean and destroying the environment. A power plant explosion taking lives and potentially making the area around uninhabitable for decades, if not centuries. How often do you hear about an accident like this and it be a good thing?
Well, we may have one of the first ever examples of that. On December 10, a storage tank in the German town of Westöennen leaked and spilled a ton of the liquid that was once contained within it, reports Travel+Leisure. The reason this was (sort of) a good thing? The liquid inside was chocolate.
So much chocolate spilled out of the tank that it covered 108 square feet. It basically paved an entire street in chocolate. Plus, as you might have guessed, it is pretty cold in Germany at this time of year. That meant no sooner had the gooey goodness escaped from its metallic prison was it freezing solid and ending its extremely short escape attempt.
Marcus Luckey, the chocolate factory's boss, told Anzeiger that had the incident happened any closer to Christmas then it would have been a catastrophe. However, even though it will have been a massive setback for the chocolatiers, they will be back up and running in plenty of time for Christmas. In fact, according to Luckey, by the time you read this then the messy muck up will already be a distant memory within the factory walls.
Back on the freshly paved chocolate street, the cleanup attempt was a big one. A team of 25 firefighters were tasked with returning the street to its former state by prying the frozen chocolate off of the concrete with nothing but warm water and shovels. Honestly, if we were residents of Westöennen, we would have ignored the three-second rule for one day only and laid claim to as much of the lost chocolate as we could.