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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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50 Sweet Facts About Your Favorite Halloween Candies
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It’s no surprise that candy delights kids and adults alike. We love sweets so much that the average American eats about 22 pounds of candy each year. Whether you’re looking to impress your friends or simply brush up on your candy trivia, check out these 50 sweet facts about your favorite candies.

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The United States of Sweetness: The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Each State
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If you've ever argued that no one actually likes candy corn, you're probably not from South Carolina, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Michigan, Idaho, or Alabama. The tri-colored treat is a favorite among residents in these states, according to sales data from CandyStore.com.

As Thrillist reports, the bulk candy retailer combed through nearly 10 years of data (2007 to 2016, with a particular focus on the months leading up to All Hallows' Eve) to gauge America’s top-selling sweets. They created the interactive map below to display their results, which includes the top three most popular Halloween handouts in each state, as well as in Washington, D.C.

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While a good portion of the U.S. seems to prefer the divisive—yet classic—candy corn, another overarching favorite was Sour Patch Kids, which reigns supreme in states including Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and New York. Following in its puckery wake across the board are M&Ms, Milky Ways, Reese's Cups, and Tootsie Pops.

Some states are unique in their candy choices: Alaskans are turned onto Twix, residents of Connecticut crave Almond Joys, and Delawareans go loco for Life Savers. Meanwhile, trick-or-treaters in the coastal state of Georgia have a sweet tooth for Swedish Fish, Louisianans love Lemonheads, Mississippians are mad for 3 Musketeers, Montanans desire Dubble Bubble, and Nevadans hunger for Hershey's Kisses.

After seeing which treat is No. 1 in your state, check out the chart below to learn how many pounds of each top-ranking candy are consumed in each state (and then go buy a new toothbrush).

Source: CandyStore.com.

[h/t Thrillist]

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