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Maltesers, Snickers And Mars Are Recruiting Chocolate Tasters

Ben HaywardJuly 4th
2019

Although it may sound too good to be true, a job exists which actually pays you to sit around eating chocolate all day. For reals.   

If this sounds like the kind of thing you might be interested in, which obviously it does, there are a few boxes you have to tick…

According to the Manchester Evening News, there are eight jobs available at Mars Incorporated and to be in with a shout, all you have to do is have 'good taste buds', be available to work part time and be willing to commit to a 'long term project’. I know.  

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The role is being advertised through Adecco, it’s in Slough, in Berkshire, so if you’re a local you’re all good. If not, well, how badly do you want this guys? 

It pays between £9.76 and £10.25 per hour, so for 12 hours work that would mean you’d be pulling around £120, which really isn’t too bad considering the work!

Applicants will apparently be put through a rigorous interview process during which they’ll have to rate different foods on a scale from 1 to 15 for how sweet, savoury, bitter or salty they are.

If you’re one of the chosen few, you’ll then have six-months of intensive training before you’re let loose on the actual chocolate tasting but once you’re qualified you’ll have to taste a wide range of confectionery and also participate in 'product and sensory related training'.

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Speaking to the MEN, Linda Lopez, senior sensory manager at Mars Wrigley, said: "We are thrilled to be recruiting for our next group of Chocolate Tasters.

"We encourage anyone that has an interest in the textures and tastes of chocolate to apply - we'll train you in the rest!"

But if chocolate tasting isn’t quite your bag - how about getting paid to live on an idyllic Greek island

In an effort to combat its declining population, the island of Antikythera, located between Crete and Kythira in the Mediterranean is prepared to pay families £450 a month to relocate there.

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The island currently has only 24 permanent residents, with the number increasing slightly during the summer. According to the island’s tourism website, food shopping and resources are limited on the island, making it undesirable for many people; necessities such as electricity and water are scarce, so they are carefully managed. However, the island promises to be a great spot for ‘unlimited’ relaxation.

Speaking to Greek media about the scheme, which is being run by the local council, the Mayor of the island, Andreas Charchalakis said:

“Our place is very beautiful and difficult during the winter months. We are looking for many families to revive our island. A few days ago, three small children settled in Antikythira with their parents, who were from the island and the place was alive. We need three young families, large enough to make Antikythira live and full of children’s voices.” 

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