Death by chocolate took on a whole new meaning in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania this week. Fortunately, the story has a happy ending. What started as an ordinary day at an M&M / Mars factory turned into something that’s usually reserved for the movies as two workers fell into a tank of chocolate. Chocolate rescue efforts were underway as soon as their co-workers became aware of their plight.
The chocolate rescue didn’t involve great depths seeing as how the stuff was reportedly only waist high so the pair was never in life-threatening danger. But they still needed assistance to get out of the chocolate tank, according to PennLive.com. Speaking to the publication, Brad Wolfe, Communications Supervisor for Lancaster County 911 dispatch said, the chocolate rescue effort proved more difficult than expected.
At first, Elizabethtown fire crews at the scene tried pulling them out of the chocolate – but that didn’t work. They were eventually rescued from chocolate through a hole that was cut in the side of the tank. During a media briefing following the incident, Assistant Supervisor Nick Schoenberger of Lancaster County 911 Dispatch told CNN that the employees were taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
One patient was transported by ground and the other was moved by helicopter. But their condition was not immediately revealed. When asked how the accident occurred, Wolfe told PennLive.com that it’s still unclear how they fell into the chocolate tank. Thanks to the more than two dozen rescue personnel who were dispatched to the scene, no injuries have been reported at this time. It’s unclear if the medical personnel were trained in chocolate rescues.
The factory in question is located 12 miles from Hershey, Pennsylvania. It’s known for making a variety of tasty treats, including M&Ms and Dove chocolate. Speaking about the chocolate rescue effort, a Mars Wrigley spokesperson told CNN the company is actively managing the situation. And their primary focus was supporting emergency teams on site. Additionally, the statement said the chocolate manufacturer is grateful for the quick work of first responders.
When asked for more details about the chocolate rescue, the company declined to provide further information. The Wrigley Company is an American multinational food maker, based in the Global Innovation Center in Goose Island, Chicago. It operates under the parent company – Mars, Incorporated – and along with Mars chocolate bars and other candy products, makes up Mars Wrigley Confectionery. The firm is also the largest manufacturer and marketer of chewing gum in the world.
Now famous for its chocolate rescue, the Wrigley Company sells its products in over 180 countries and districts, operates in over 50 countries, and has 21 production facilities in 14 countries. The Mars Bar is the name of two versions of chocolate produced by the firm. First manufactured in 1932 Slough, England by Forrest Mars, the British version consists of caramel and nougat coated with milk chocolate. The American version of the Mars Bar was first created with nougat and toasted almonds covered in milk chocolate. Caramel was later added to the recipe. That specific version was discontinued in 2002. It was re-launched the following year in a slightly different form under the name “Snickers Almond.”