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.
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.
Now let’s talk about some of the iconic scenes from the movie. You can’t have the Chocolate Factory without the chocolate river. To fund this idea, Wonka would need 150,000 gallons of chocolate, costing him a whopping $32.6 million. And what about the Oompa Loompas? Thankfully Wonka takes pretty good care of his trusted employees, spending about $8 million per year on their healthcare and about $73 million per year for their salaries, which average about 50k per year. Also, if Mr. Wonka wanted to boost morale and treat the Oompa Loompas to Taco Tuesday every week, we estimate it would cost about $25,000 each time (hey, those guys work hard!).
So, after all these costs, Wonka is looking at a total of over $224 million to run the factory, per year! There are definitely some ways to cut back on the costs, but what fun would that be? For more on this, continue reading the infographic below.