Molten Chocolate Tanker Flips & Spills On Polish Highway

The milk chocolate has hardened, blocking traffic in both directions.

By Ethan L. Johns
May 09, 2018

Image: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory is officially no longer the place to go if you want to see a river of chocolate.

A tanker carrying 12 tons of molten milk chocolate flipped over in western Poland on Wednesday morning, bursting open and dumping thousands of gallons of candy onto the highway. The driver of the tanker wound up in the hospital with a broken arm.

The truck ended up on both sides of the guard rail, blocking the better part of two lanes. Traffic proceeded to steer around the tanker, leaving tracks in the chocolate, until the authorities shut the highway down completely. The real tragedy, though, is that so many chocolate bunnies were never even given the chance to be brought into this world.

Polish officials also noted that, as the chocolate started to harden, the surface would become more slippery and the cleanup job would only become increasingly difficult.

“The cooling chocolate is worse than snow,” said senior brigadier Bogdan Kowalski, of Slupca, according to the Associated Press.

Just think of all the hot water that’s going to be needed to wash that brown confectionary catastrophe away.

Many have volunteered to help clean up the mess on social media, though we get the feeling that they may intend to use their tongues. Genius Kitchen would like to remind chocolate fiends that licking molten chocolate off the highway is generally always a bad idea.

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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