A street in a cold Western Germany town became paved with chocolate after a factory malfunction.
And then it became a living Simpsons reference.
As we all know because of a very specific Simpsons episode, Germany is the land of chocolate. It’s also the land of well-built cars and incredible beer, but a place can be known for more than one thing (and really, combining all these things sounds just fine too).
But most of us (at least, those of us not named Homer Simpson) don’t imagine Germany’s streets to be literally paved with chocolate. Normally, most of us would be right. On Tuesday, however, we’d be wrong.
A street in Westoennen, Germany became covered in milk chocolate after an accident occurred at DreiMeister chocolate factory. We’re not sure just what exactly that accident was, but it caused a literal ton of milk chocolate to come spilling out of a containment unit, coat the factory’s yard, and then go spilling out onto the frozen pavement.
Because the chocolate was in a melted state it spread quickly, but it just as quickly froze when it hit the cold concrete. Thus, the for a few brief, shining moments, a German town’s street was literally paved in chocolate.
Cue Simpsons scene.
Cleaning up after the spill was a bit of a hassle, as you can imagine. A team of 25 firefighters was called in to use pickaxes and shovels to break up the delicious road material, and then a specialized cleaning service came in to mop up the rest.
We are not told if any firefighters made off with an armful of frozen road chocolate, but if any of us here at TheThings were there, you’d better believe we’d have some interestingly shaped chocolates to give away at this year’s Christmas party.
Speaking to German newspaper Soester Anzeiger, factory foreman Markus Luckey said that everything would be back to normal come Wednesday, minus a ton of chocolate. While the accident is certainly a setback, Christmas is still far enough away that they’ll be able to restock in time for the holidays.