A Christmas miracle occurred in a west German town late on Monday, when a tonne of chocolate flowed out of a factory, repaving the streets with fresh milk chocolate.

“A small technical defect” caused a delivery tank at artisan chocolate makers DreiMeister to overflow, according to a local newspaper, sending a vast quantity of molten chocolate cascading down the middle of a road in the town of Werl and solidifying on the chilly tarmac.

While the problem causing the spillage could be fixed quickly, the same could not be said for Werl’s West Street. More than 25 firefighters were called on to deal with the sticky slab and got to work with shovels to pry colossal chunks of chocolate off the street.

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They also used hot water and blow torches to remove chocolate that had settled in cracks and gaps in the road, before power-hosing the remaining mess.

“There is a risk it will be slippery” due to the fat content, firefighters warned after they had finished.

Employees from the factory, which is 20 miles east of Dortmund, provided boxes into which the mass was shovelled. The clean up at the factory itself continued into the early hours of Tuesday.

The company has recently expanded and employs 150 full-time staff as well as 60 seasonal employees.

If the chocolate had been wasted nearer Christmas, “that would have been a disaster,” owner, Markus Luckey, said.

Firefighters shovelled Germany's biggest chocolate bar off the street before using blow

He told the paper the spillage had not affected the company’s profits and that the outlook remains “positive in the future”.

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