Probably every kid who's seen the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie probably wanted to actually visit the factor and enjoy all that delicious candy, even if it meant getting turned into a blueberry or being sucked into a chocolate river. But how realistic would it be to actually make that factory?
A company called Advanced Tech Services decided to calculate how much it would actually cost to operate a real-life Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory. According to their estimates, it would cost $224.6 million to operate the factory. The biggest cost according to them would be the Oompa-Loompa salaries at $73.4 million. They also estimated that a real-life Wonka would need 150,000 gallons of chocolate for the famous chocolate river, which would cost another $32.6 million.
Besides those major expenses, ATS also estimated that the energy costs for the factory would be around $2 million per year.
And of course there are a lot of smaller, minor expenses as well. They believe the edible wallpaper would cost around $2,600 and and the golden goose egg would be around $6,000.
But would Wonka be able to afford it? According to CandyIndustry.com, Mars (the largest candy maker in the world) generate around $16 billion in sales every year. So assuming all Wonka operations take place in this one factory, they'd probably be able to make more than enough to cover all those expenses.
Let's hope someone is inspired by this information!
(h/t Food and Wine)