Megan Williams
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Nov, 19

What Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory Would Cost Today

You’ve all fantasized about the magical world that is Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, right? The fictional factory will be forever ingrained in the minds of viewers but what if the factory was a reality? What if someone were to recreate that special place today?

Well, we were curious how much money that would cost someone. With the chocolate river, the team of Oompa Loompas and the glass elevator, we knew it would be no small ordeal. That chocolate river would have to pump around 150,000 gallons of melted chocolate. That on its own costs about $32.6 million! And if our modern day Wonka wanted it to be organic, well that will cost him even more. Those figures can be found in the accompanying infographic.

Lets talk about the other luxuries of the factory. Remember the lickable wallpaper? How about the golden goose eggs? While these are substantially cheaper than the chocolate river, our estimates put the wallpaper at around $2,600 to cover 650 square feet of hallway and each egg would cost about $6,032 each. Of course the highest costs would be the flying glass elevator. We estimated that would cost Wonka around $109 million when you combine the costs of an average elevator with a low-end market rocket. Our infographic, found below, goes into more detail about this.

All told, it appears that Mr. Wonka and his company are looking at a grand total of $224.6 million to keep the factory running each year. These costs may be exorbitant, and there are doubtless a few ways to pare it down—but what fun would that be?

What Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory Would Cost Today from Advanced Technology Services
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