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Bringing Wonka to Life

Have you ever found yourself wondering about the Chocolate Factory from, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? What if you could go there and explore the wonders and bizarreness that lie behind its doors. Well, we were also curious so we did the math and found out how much it would cost to make this dream a reality! Below is an examination of every element of Dahl’s story, which was then used to calculate the costs of bringing his world of pure imagination to life today.

Not surprisingly, this would be no cheap feat. To even keep the lights on at the factory would cost upwards of $2 million a year. And that’s nothing when compared to the costs of the chocolate river. We’re talking about 150,000 gallons of liquid chocolate, which will set you back over $30 million.

Some of the other iconic scenes in the book and movie like the lickable wallpaper, the golden goose eggs, and the glass elevator are included below. None of them come cheap! And we haven’t even talked about the Oompa Loompas. Wonka would need to spend around $8 million a year on healthcare for his little helpers. Add this to this the $73 million per year he spends on their salaries and you’re looking at the pretty big labor expense.

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, a provider of machine condition monitoring systems