Somebody Call Tay Zonday, Because Skies Poured 'Chocolate Rain' in Swiss Town

More than 13 years after YouTuber and musician Tay Zonday released his viral song "Chocolate Rain," cocoa powder has finally rained down from the skies, over a town in Switzerland.

A factory for Lindt & Sprüngli in Olten, Switzerland, experienced a ventilation malfunction that caused particles from roasted cocoa nibs to fall in the nearby town. The company confirmed to Newsweek that the malfunction happened on Friday, August 14, but said that it didn't have any serious impact on production and was quickly repaired.

Local outlet Oltner Tagblatt reported that a local man noticed brown cocoa dust on his car after leaving it parked outside. Lindt said that there weren't other reports from the town but, either way, the particles are harmless to both people and the environment. The company didn't say whether or not the particles floating through the air resulted in any deliciousness.

For those who may not remember, Zonday went viral in the early days of YouTube for his song "Chocolate Rain," which is a metaphor for the racism experienced by Black Americans, according to lyrical annotation site Genius. Despite the song's pretty clear political message, in a 2017 interview with The Irish News, Zonday predicted that only about 20 percent of people who watched the viral video in 2007 understood the deeper implications of the song. Perhaps they were too focused on the repeated titular phrase to really catch on to "Chocolate Rain's" deeper meaning. As of 2020, the song has over 127 million views on YouTube.

In a tweet responding to the news about the raining chocolate, Zonday made a quip about America adopting a similar universal healthcare policy to Switzerland. "Switzerland stole Chocolate Rain. America should steal Universal Healthcare to even the score," he tweeted.

Switzerland stole Chocolate Rain. America should steal Universal Healthcare to even the score.

— Tay Zonday (@TayZonday) August 18, 2020

In an email to Newsweek, Zonday wrote about the song's political message going largely unnoticed. "Marshall McLuhan said 'the medium is the message.' Chocolate Rain speaks to super-serious topics yet I sang so joyously and unselfconsciously that the joy was louder than the polemic," he wrote.

In The Irish News interview, Zonday called the song "truly evergreen" and said that it was "as relevant today as it was 10 years ago."

Since the song's 2007 peak, Zonday has referenced it to speak to current issues and he even released a 10th anniversary edition that's a little more stripped back. In June, he tweeted a reworking of the lyrics calling for the arrest of the police officers responsible for Breonna Taylor's death.

Chocolate rain

Some stay dry and others wonder why Breonna Taylor’s murderers haven’t been arrested

— Tay Zonday (@TayZonday) June 19, 2020
Lindt chocolate on display at IFP's 27th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on November 27, 2017 in New York City. A Lindt chocolate factory in Switzerland experienced a malfunction that caused cocoa particles to rain in a nearby town. Mike Coppola/Getty