What Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory Would Cost Today

Everyone’s heard of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, right? Many of us have dreamed of visiting such a place where almost everything is edible and delicious. But what if the chocolate factory came to life? How much would it cost? Is it actually feasible to have a real-life Willy Wonka who runs a chocolate factory? Well, we were curious, so we ran the numbers. Here’s how it played out:

As it turns out, it’s quite expensive to run Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. We estimate that the yearly energy costs for the factory would be $2 million. If Willy Wonka wanted to go green and power his factory using solar energy, it would take approximately 3,221 solar panels to supply about 1,180,692 kWH per year, which would cost a whopping $2.37 billion.

In addition to the costs of keeping the building running, Wonka certainly spares no expense when it comes to the “wow” factor in his factory. By our estimations, the famous chocolate river needs 150,000 gallons of chocolate, which would come out to a staggering cost of $32.6 million (which includes the cost of purchasing and running the pump to ensure the chocolate is flowing). If Wonka wanted to get more food-conscious customers and go organic, he would be looking at a cost of $47.1 million to keep the river flowing. For more details on these costs, check out the infographic below!

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