A “River Of Chocolate” Just Flooded A Highway, And Yes, The Pics Are Insane

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It sounds like something that’d only happen outside of Willy Wonka’s factory, but alas — it happened in real life. A truck in Arizona spilled 3,500 gallons of liquid chocolate on the road, turning it into what people are calling a “river of chocolate.” Yes, it sounds delicious — but also like a nightmare to clean.

Trucks carrying food and sweets have been falling all over the place recently, with one of the most recent dumping tons of chicken tenders on a road in Alabama. But unlike this incident, residents actually visited the site of that crash for free food. The chocolate spilled off the truck in Arizona was hot, making it a bit more hazardous. (Although, people were willing to stop by with a spoon.)

Now, for the good news. Officials had a sense of humor about the whole thing, stating that “This will be a sweet cleanup!” And most importantly, nobody was hurt in the accident. Traffic was blocked, and surely those within eyesight of the chocolate river had a few questions.

Luckily, a few people had their cameras ready to capture the madness, including Arizona’s Department of Safety. The initial images were retweeted over 400 times and received over 700 likes from chocoholics who likely wished they could see it in person.

As expected, those who followed the tweet couldn’t help but joke.

Still, there were a few people who were rightfully concerned about the environment. Clean-up took four hours, and as you can see in one of the initial photos, the chocolate had to be drained off the road with a pipe. The chocolate was biodegradable, so it’s a good thing it was just chocolate that spilled and nothing more hazardous.


Here’s what happened. A latch that connected the main truck with its trailer reportedly disconnected, according to CNN. It sounds like a scary incident that turned out okay. At least, for those on the highway. The company that was expecting the 40,000 gallons of liquid chocolate may be a bit out of luck.

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