Frozen River of Chocolate Forms After German Factory Malfunctions

Cold temperatures combined with sticky candy to make quite the mess.

By Ethan L. Johns
December 12, 2018

Image: Winabis

Yes, we know… Tragic.

The local fire department a western German town was put to the test on Tuesday, when a tank at the DreiMeister chocolate factory malfunctioned, spilling chocolate out the doors and down the street.

About 2,200 pounds of molten chocolate escaped the factory in Werl, hardening once it hit the cold ground. The Soester-Anzeiger, which reported on the spill from Germany, referred to it as “Werl’s biggest chocolate bar.”

It took 25 firefighters until about 10 p.m. to clear the mess away using shovels, hot water and blowtorches. Particularly tricky was the fine film of fat leftover, which would have been a slipping hazard if left in place.

Fortunately for Germans, there will be more than enough chocolate this Christmas. The factory sprung back to life on Wednesday, just in time to fill stockings with pralinen und schokoladentaler for the holidays.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns