I’ve got a golden secret!
OK, maybe I don’t.
But I’ve been doing some serious research since this challenge and the themes were announced. I had been wondering about this one all along as Willy Wonka’s secrets have long been guarded, first by Wonka himself, and then by Charlie Bucket and his family.
Bucket, if you recall, won the prized chocolate and candy factory after securing one of five golden tickets released around the world. The golden ticket winners would receive a tour of the factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate. In the end, Bucket was the only one of the five Wonka felt he could trust, so not only did he win the chocolate, he was chosen to take over the factory, once Wonka retired.
That’s where Wonka steered the ship wrong.
Built up over decades, the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory was a cornerstone in its neighborhood. Though for years nobody could see the inside, it pumped out some of the finest candy in the world. At some point, Wonka decided he had to find a replacement, especially with Oompa Loompas needing somebody they could trust.
Oompa Loompas are an orange-skinned being from Loompaland. Being smaller, they were often preyed upon by other predators, so Wonka invited them to work at his factory. He wanted to make sure they were also taken care of.
Bucket and his family, which consisted of his mother, Grandpa Joe, Grandma Josephine, Grandpa George, and Grandma Georgette, the latter three who were bedridden. Grandpa Joe was also bedridden, but found his legs after Charlie found the golden ticket.
Charlie and family moved into the factory and Wonka seemed pleased with his protégé. However, over the course of the next couple of years, the Bucket family started seizing control of different aspects of the company. Charlie Bucket became a young CEO and took Wonka Industries public, and soon after forced Willy Wonka out of the place he had built from the ground up.
Bucket, once classified as a humble and happy youngster, turned once he had complete control of the factory. After Wonka had passed, as well as all his grandparents, Bucket purchased a massive home in the country for his mother.
Once he was at the factory by himself, he fired all the Oompa Loompas, sending them back to Loompaland. The whereabouts of those beings is currently unknown. He outsourced all of his labor, and eventually sold the company in a massive merger of candy giants.
Wonka, before he died, gave an interview where he said he would have been better off giving the factory to somebody like Verruca Salt, considering he knew what he was getting with her. Instead, he gave it to somebody who portrayed innocence and later proved to be a large snake in the grass. Wonka lived out his retirement in a small apartment not far from the factory, but was never allowed back in. He was often seen standing outside the gates, staring in with glossy eyes.
Bucket, on the other hand, lived the life of luxury. He had fast and expensive cars, several homes, and cheapened the candy made famous by Willy Wonka.
After selling, Bucket continued his lavish lifestyle, but eventually blew through all of his money. Last anyone heard from him, he was working as a car salesman in a suburban area, trying to make ends meet.
With the downfall of Charlie Bucket, people began to realize that Wonka hadn’t passed along everything he knew about candy making and the factory. In fact, his greatest candy making secret never escaped his lips before he died. The only other person who knew the secret, according to many sources, was Larry Oompa Loompa.
When reached for comment, Larry Oompa Loompa seemed cryptic in his response about the whole situation.
“Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-da, If you’re not greedy, you will go far,” he said. “You will live in happiness, too. Like the Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-do”
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