What Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory Would Cost Today

Everyone’s heard of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, right? Many of us have dreamed of visiting such a place where almost everything is edible and delicious. But what if the chocolate factory came to life? How much would it cost? Is it actually feasible to have a real-life Willy Wonka who runs a chocolate factory? Well, we were curious, so we ran the numbers. Here’s how it played out:

Let’s talk about the chocolate river. We’ve estimated that it would take around 150,000 gallons of liquid chocolate for a cost over $32 million. Worth it, right? And how about the Oompa Loompas? Assuming Mr. Wonka pays his workers, we’ve estimated that the salaries would cost Wonka another $73 million per year. And who could forget the flying elevator? We combined the costs of a standard elevator and a low-end rocket for a cost of $109 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!). For more on the costs, check out the infographic below!

What Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory Would Cost Today from Advanced Technology Services