What Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory Would Cost Today
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, an iconic book with an even more iconic factory at its forefront. We’ve all fantasized about the factory being a real place, right? But as practical-minded adults, the real question is how much would it cost to run that place? Well, you’re in luck because we did the math.
As you may have guessed, it’s very expensive to run Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. We estimated that the yearly energy cost alone would cost $2 million. If Wonka wanted to go green with the factory and use solar energy, it would take approximately 3,221 solar panels to supply the 1,180,692 kWH needed for the year, costing Wonka $2.37 billion.
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.
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.
More details can be found in the infographic below. 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?