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Second ‘chocmobile’ goes missing in Europe, leaving a bitter taste with owner

By Anthony Myers

- Last updated on GMT

Pic: Tiger and Bean
Pic: Tiger and Bean

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Spanish free-from confectioner Tiger and Bean reports stolen ‘Snail Van’ from outside its HQ in Valencia.

Following our article on the unfortunate incident of Hotel Chocolat’s stolen Chocmobile​, it appears there is another gang at large in Europe, also targeting confectionery vehicles.

We received this email from Robert Brunt, founder of Tiger & Bean and maker of chocolate milk drink @chufachoc, who is based in Valencia, Spain:

I read with great interest your recent article about the missing Chocmobile that belonged to Hotel Chocolat. We, too, have recently had a very distinctive ‘Chocmobile’ vehicle stolen from outside of our factory in Spain. This was really quite strange because it's such a uniquely styled Japanese vintage van from the early the 80's and possibly the only one of its kind in Spain​!

It's was a right-hand drive, bright yellow, Nissan S-Cargo, also known as 'The Snail Van' and, as you can see from the attached photo (taken from our Instagram & Facebook campaign), it's certainly a car that doesn't go unnoticed!

And so, through our campaign, like Hotel Chocolat, we too are hoping that we will one day be reunited with our beloved van​.

Sounds to me like someone in Europe has a 'thing' for chocmobiles! Possibly just a coincidence but thought I would bring our story to your attention in case it's of interest, particularly in light of the recent theft of Hotel Chocolat's van​.”

If any one  has seen Tiger and Bean’s vehicle, email Rob on uryyb@gvtrenaqorna.pbz​. Meanwhile, there is still no news on Hotel Chocolat’s Chocmobile. The company is posting latest updates on its twitter account: #findthechocmobile.

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