In the role, you will approve candy for sale and make decisions about whether to award a “CCO Seal of Approval.” All this happens in the company’s “Candy Intelligence Agency.”
You would lead the company’s “candy strategy” and hold “candy board meetings.” Oh, and you’ll be in charge of “all things fun.”
It’s open to anyone living in North America, ages 5 and up, the listing teases. No food allergies allowed.
Some proud parents have posted about their kids applying — including an 8-year-old who has taught how to use LinkedIn and “the importance of a strong resume.”
You need “golden taste buds” and “an obvious sweet tooth”, according to the job advertisement.
The role comes with a “comprehensive dental plan.”
The list may have attracted attention, but the role is not that out of the ordinary.
Hershey last month posted a “part-time taste tester” job — for a “sensory panelist” who is able to “discriminate differences in samples for appearance, flavor texture,” assessed through “taste acuity testing,” the listing said.
Anna Lingeris, brand publicity manager 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 complicated,” she said.
Individually, more than 500 employees have signed up to taste products, on top of chocolates and snacks that fill conference rooms and coffee stations, to be enjoyed without obligation to provide input, she said.
Mars Inc. — home of M&Ms, Twix and Snickers — has similar roles. One employee, Lisa Schroeder, who loves chocolate, began as a Mars taste tester — a role based on the applicant’s “ability to identify and describe taste, basic flavors and textures,” Schroeder told Insider in 2016.
Schroeder then became a “sensory technician,” helping collect panel data to maintain product quality and consistency. “This program ensures that our most beloved brands — like M&M’s — taste the same as they did 75 years ago, and that our new products taste the way our consumers expect,” she told the outlet.
A man tried 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 notes of wood or metal. He said he could immediately tell the difference between 12 percent and 11.5 percent fat, just by taste. He tested more than 60 flavors a day.
He spat out each spoonful to avoid being full.
His methods were refined: “As a wine taster, I start with the white wines ice cream vanilla, French vanilla, vanilla bean, double vanilla – and then work my way up to the heavy Bordeaux-Mint Chocolate Chip, Black Walnut,” he told World Magazine in 2009 .