What Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory Would Cost Today

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For many of us, Roald Dahl’s classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, has lightened up the imaginations of our childhoods. It was hard not to daydream about the chocolate factory and wonder what our world would be like if it truly existed. What if you yourself received a golden ticket and were invited to Wonka’s place of business today?

But as practical-minded adults, the real questions surface: How much exactly would that world of the chocolate factory cost? Advanced Technology Services ran the numbers and came up with some shocking conclusions if this imaginary world came to life!

As you may have guessed, running the chocolate factory is no cheap feat. In a regular factory, you’d have to pay for employees’ salaries, healthcare, safety equipment like man lifts (for sale here and on similar websites) and forklifts, the inventory, and perhaps a few more things. However, there is nothing normal about this chocolate factory. For one, the legendary chocolate river would have to pump approximately 150,000 gallons through it at a cost of about $32.6 million! The infographic below has the figures for if Wonka wanted to go organic with this river and how much would that would send him back.

Some of Wonka’s other luxuries like the lickable wallpaper (about $2,600 to cover 653 square feet of hallway) and a golden goose egg (about $6,032 each) are less expensive but still add up. The most luxurious and expensive item in Wonka’s factory would be his flying glass elevator, which we estimate would cost about $109 million when you combine the costs of an average elevator and a low-end market rocket from Lockheed Martin.

The grand total to keep the factory running each year, from our estimates, would be around $224.6 million! Would it be worth it to bring the magical world to life?