Canadian candy company is looking for a taste tester who wants to try 3,500 candies a month


Canada’s Candy Funhouse hires a “chief candy officer” to earn an annual salary of $100,000 Canadian dollars ($77,786) as its lead taste tester, charged with trying more than 3,500 candies a month, or more than 100 a day average.

The standout role has attracted widespread attention – a moment for whimsy in the stressful yet mundane realm of job openings.

In the role, you would approve candy for sale and make decisions about whether or not to grant a “CCO Stamp of Approval.” This is all happening in the company’s ‘Candy Intelligence Agency’.

You would lead the company’s “candy strategy” and lead “candy board meetings.” Oh, and you’d be in charge of “all things fun.”

It is open to anyone living in North America, ages 5 and up, the jokes list. No food allergies allowed.

Some proud parents have posted about their kids applying – including an 8-year-old who has learned how to use LinkedIn and “the importance of a strong resume.”

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

The roll comes with a “comprehensive dental plan”.

The listing may have caught your eye, but the role isn’t that uncommon.

Hershey last month posted a job as a “part-time taste tester” — for a “sensory panelist” who can “distinguish differences in samples for appearance, taste texture,” assessed through “taste acuity tests,” the list said.

Anna Lingeris, head of brand advertising at the Hershey Company, told The Washington Post that dedicated taste testers undergo six months of training to identify specific flavors 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 meeting rooms and coffee stations, which they can enjoy without any obligation to provide input, she said.

Mars Inc., home of M&Ms, Twix and Snickers, has similar roles. An associate, Lisa Schroeder, who loves chocolate, started out as a Mars taste tester — a role based on the applicant’s “ability to identify and describe flavors, base flavors and textures,” Schroeder told Insider in 2016.

Schroeder then became a “sensory technician,” helping to collect panel data to maintain product quality and consistency. “This program ensures that our most beloved brands – such as M&Ms – taste the same as they did 75 years ago and that our new products taste the way our consumers would expect,” she told the outlet.

A man tasted ice cream for decades as the “Official Taste Tester” for the ice cream company Dreyer’s.

John Harrison’s taste buds were insured for $1 million. He used a gold spoon to avoid any tones of wood or metal. He said he could directly distinguish between 12 percent and 11.5 percent fat by taste alone. He tested more than 60 flavors a day.

He spit out each spoon so as not to get full.

His methods were refined: “A bit like a wine taster, I start with the white wines of ice – Vanilla, French Vanilla, Vanilla Bean, Double Vanilla – then work my way up to the heavy Bordeaux-Mint Chocolate Chip, Black Walnut,” he said. he to World Magazine in 2009.

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