Hotel Chocolats missing 'Chocmobile' was found burnt out by police in Bedfordshire on Monday (August 12) morning.
The customised Mercedes Sprinter van was found by Bedfordshire police officers in Kempston Hardwick, less than 30 miles from where it was stolen.
Hotel Chocolat boss Angus Thirwell had originally offered free chocolate for five years and a tour of the chocolate factory itself in return for any information on the whereabouts of the missing ice cream van.
The van, which was scheduled to appear at a BBC Countryfile event before it was stolen, visited festivals and conferences. Sources at Hotel Chocolat also noted that there had been sightings of discarded cups and packaging in Luton, ahead of the discovery of the van on Monday morning.
Mr Thirwell said that losing the van was “like losing a limb.''
CCTV footage showed three men breaking into a secure car park at Hotel Chocolat's head office in Royston, Hertfordshire. They smashed the van's window, loading it onto a flatbed and driving it away.