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You Could Get Paid to Eat Cadbury Chocolate

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Job alert: You could be getting paid to eat chocolate. Mondelēz International, the company that owns Cadbury, Oreo, and other confection-makers, is looking for a chocolate taster, according to The Independent.

The part-time dream job would be located in the UK town of Reading and involve taste-testing chocolate and cocoa alongside an 11-person panel of chocolate experts. You'll be helping Mondelēz create and launch new candies all over the world, so prepare to wield immense international power.

You’ll need a “clearly defined vocabulary” to describe and distinguish between new products, which we assume means you’ll have to start using phrases like “notes of bread crust” to describe your favorite candy. You'll also need some knowledge of chocolate-related ethics, apparently: the ad states that you will be required to "raise questions and concerns when faced with an ethical or compliance issue."

You should probably go about eating as much chocolate as possible before your interview. Go ahead and track down some Cadbury Oreo Eggs and call it research. But first, apply here. Immediately.

[h/t Independent]

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See How Candy Canes Are Made
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According to legend, a 17th-century German choirmaster bent sugar sticks into shepherd’s crooks and gave them to children acting in his Nativity pageant as a treat for good behavior. Lo and behold, the world’s first candy canes were born.

Over the years, manufacturers have perfected their own methods of making the holiday treat. In the below video from Lofty Pursuits, a Tallahassee, Florida-based purveyor of hard candies, you can watch how the expert team of candy-makers turn seemingly everyday ingredients like sugar, water, and corn syrup into a sticky mixture. Gradually, the pliable concoction is folded, stretched, rolled, cut, and bent into candy canes—a mesmerizing visual process for anyone who’s ever sucked on one of the sugary confections and suspected it came from somewhere other than Santa’s workshop.

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The Most Popular Christmas Candy in Each State, Mapped
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For those who didn’t get their full candy fix last Halloween, the holiday season provides plenty of opportunities to indulge. From candy canes to chocolate Santas, there’s something for everyone—but before splurging on sweet stocking stuffers, check out the interactive map below. Created by bulk candy retailer CandyStore.com, it breaks down the top three favorite candies in each state.

To determine which Christmas treats were the most popular, the team at CandyStore.com surveyed over 50,000 customers and spoke with major candy manufacturers and distributors. Not surprisingly, candy canes were a hit in numerous states, including Washington, Delaware, Vermont, Georgia, Maine, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire. California, Nevada, West Virginia, and Kansas residents, however, got into the seasonal spirit with peppermint bark. North Dakota residents preferred chocolate Santas. And Alabama, Michigan, and Utah liked Jelly Belly’s Reindeer Corn.

Christmas candy sales in America are projected to rake in nearly $2 billion for confectioners, according to an estimate provided by the National Confectionary Association. Spend your holiday bonus wisely on treats everyone will appreciate by checking out CandyStore.com’s full results below.

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