The Chocolate River in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory was made from real chocolate, but it’s not as delicious as you may think!
Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory may be every child’s dream—unlimited amounts of candy and chocolate for your eating pleasure, magical workers and a hilarious guide in Willy Wonka himself. Too bad it’s not a real place. However, some of the actors may have not felt so lucky.
While a lot of the set was made of actual food, it wasn’t as appetizing as it appeared. One of the most notable set pieces was the chocolate river that runs through the factory. This river was actually made of chocolate, water and cream. While that sounds delicious, it actually spoiled quickly with the cream in it. When it spoiled, it smelled foul. Probably wasn’t fun to shoot scenes with a horrible smell in the air.