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Wanted: A taste tester willing to try 3,500 candies per month


Candy Funhouse, Canada, hires a “candy chef” to earn an annual salary of 100,000 Canadian dollars ($77,786) as its main taste tester, tasked with trying more than 3,500 candies per month, or more 100 per day on average.

The eye-catching role caught wide attention – a whimsical moment in the stressful but monotonous business of job postings.

In the role, you would approve the sale of candy and make decisions on whether or not to be awarded a “CCO Seal of Approval”. All of this happens in the company’s “Candy Intelligence Agency”.

You will lead the company’s ‘candy strategy’ and organize ‘candy board meetings’. Oh, and you would be responsible for “all things fun”.

It’s open to anyone living in North America, ages 5 and up, List Jokes. No food allergies allowed.

Some proud parents have posted about their children’s candidacy, including an 8-year-old child who learned how to use LinkedIn and “the importance of a solid CV”.

You would need “golden taste buds” and “an obvious sweet tooth,” according to the job posting.

The role comes with a “comprehensive dental regimen”.

The list may have caught the eye, but the role isn’t all that unusual.

Last month, Hershey posted a ‘part-time taste tester’ position – for a ‘sensory panelist’ who can ‘discern sample differences for appearance, texture of taste’, assessed via ‘testing of taste acuity,” according to the list.

Anna Lingeris, brand advertising manager at Hershey Company, told the Washington Post that dedicated taste testers undergo six months of training to identify specific tastes as part of Hershey’s research and development team. “Chocolate and the variety of our snack products can be quite complex,” she said.

Separately, more than 500 employees have signed up to sample products, in addition to the chocolates and snacks that fill conference rooms and cafes, to sample without having to give feedback, she said.

Mars Inc. – home of M&Ms, Twix and Snickers – has similar roles. One employee, Lisa Schroeder, who loves chocolate, started out as a Mars taste tester — a role based on the candidate’s “ability to identify and describe flavor, basic tastes and textures,” Schroeder told Insider in 2016.

Schroeder then became a “sensory technician”, helping to gather panel data to maintain product quality and consistency. “This program ensures that our most beloved brands – such as M&M’s – taste the same as they did 75 years ago and that our new products taste the taste our consumers have come to expect,” she told the point. of sale.

A man has tasted ice cream for decades as an ‘official taste tester’ for ice cream company Dreyer’s.

John Harrison’s taste buds were insured for $1 million. He used a gold spoon to avoid any hint of wood or metal. He said he could immediately distinguish between 12% and 11.5% fat, just by taste. He tested over 60 flavors a day.

He spat out every spoonful to avoid getting full.

His methods have been refined: “A bit like a wine taster, I start with the white wines of the ice cream – Vanilla, French Vanilla, Vanilla bean, Double vanilla -, then I progress to the heavy Bordeaux- Mint with chocolate chips, Noir Walnut,” he told World Magazine in 2009.

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