It takes a special mind to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and amidst the choreographed Oompa Loompa interludes, chocolate rivers, and bizarre Johnny Depp moments think – how much did this place cost?
Well, thankfully someone did because it turns out it’s actually really darn interesting. Not only did the clever clogs over at Advanced Tech run the numbers on how much it would costs to keep the lights on ($2 million a year), but they also figured out that Wonka would be dropping $73.4 million on Oompa Loompa salaries, and over $2500 on edible wallpaper (small change, compared to that $6000 golden egg).
We admit it sounds like a good deal for the Oompa Loompas – $25,000 for Taco Tuesday! The calculations did neglect to mention how much their dance lessons cost, though.
You might think someone with an industrial footprint the size of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory would want to do something nice for the environment – but it would cost $2.37 billion to install the solar panels alone. Same goes for the chocolate river ($32.7 million) which, if organic, would cost $47.1 million.
And what about that great glass elevator? Base model comes in at $109 million but of course, you can send it to Mars with Elon Musk’s SpaceX BFR rocket for an extra $10 billion.
All told it would cost $224.6 million to keep that magical chocolate factory in operation. Which is frankly a bargain, considering how much joy (and chocolate) that place churns out on the daily.
Recovering caffeine-addict and serial bruncher Eliza Murray feels most at home typing away in a cozy cafe with her re-mortgaged avocado toast nearby. When she isn't reporting on the latest Instagram-shattering glittery food trends, she can be found experimenting with new gin garnishes (hello strawberries!) or biting into an entire wheel of brie (no shame). She tweets @theothereliza