Cocoa nibs are fine fragments of crushed cocoa beans which are the core base of making chocolate

New Delhi: Citizens of a Swiss town woke up to shock when it started snowing particles of fine cocoa after the ventilation system of a chocolate factory malfunctioned.

According to reports, there was a minor defect in the cooling ventilation for a line for roasted “cocoa nibs” in the Lindt & Spruengli company in Olten, between Zurich and Basel.

Cocoa nibs are fine fragments of crushed cocoa beans which are the core base of making chocolate.

The leaked powder spread around immediate vicinity of the factory when strong winds picked up, leaving a fine dust of cocoa in the town.

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According to company officials, one car was lightly coated with cocoa dust and the company has offered to pay for the cleaning of the car.

The ventilation system of the factory was soon repaired and the production was resumed to normal. The company also stated that the cocoa dust were completely harmless to people and the environment.

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