Surely this does sound like a dream job, doesn't it?
A Canadian candy company is offering a rather sweet deal-get paid $78,000 a year just to sit on the couch and taste candy!
Yes, you heard that right. Candy Funhouse, an online retailer of confectionery treats like chocolate bars, gummies, and licorice, is on the lookout for a Chief Candy Officer. The pay for this work-from-home job is $78,000 a year ($100,000 Canadian).
Duties include: "leading candy board meetings, being the head taste tester ... and all things fun."
"Do you love all things candy and chocolate? Are you passionate about confectionary treats and exploring unreleased and existing products? If so, this is the PERFECT position for you!"
"We are looking for the world’s first and only Chief Candy Officer! This opportunity is work-from-home with the option to work out of either Toronto, Canada (Canadian Residents) or Newark, New Jersey (American Residents), paying up to $100,000 annually to lead the “FUNhouse” Candy Strategy. This includes approving all candy in inventory and deciding whether or not to award each treat with the official “CCO (Chief Candy Officer) Stamp of Approval”," the posting on LinkedIn read.
"Being the Chief Candy Officer at Candy Funhouse is much more than just fun and games, it’s serious candy business! The Chief Candy Officer will be responsible for deciding which new candy products Candy Funhouse will be carrying, leading candy board meetings, being the head taste tester, and taking charge on all things fun!"
"Best of all, like the love of candy - the position isn’t bound by age! The position is open to anyone ages 5+ residing in North America. All you need is a passion for candy, pop culture, and a sweet tooth!"
The job has already received several thousand applications, said Chief Executive Officer Jamal Hejazi, according to CNN. He also shared that he's been surprised by the number of "golden ticket" (a reference from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) themed applications, along with videos of entire families offering to share the tasting duties and salary.
But Hejazi sees why this is so appealing to people. "Imagine your best memories around candy, and having that every day at work," he said.
A group of four siblings in their 20s and 30s who grew up in the neighborhood and whose parents owned doughnut shops and a nearby restaurant own Candy Funhouse, a business located outside of Toronto.
"My brother Mo, a candy head, founded it in 2018 and my mother was employee no. 2," said Hejazi, adding that he and a younger sister and brother later joined the firm.
Now, the company is prepping for Halloween, and it was their biggest sales period last year. "We have 40% of our stock in" so far, Hejazi said. He also shared that the company has 340,000 followers on Instagram and three million on Tik-Tok, including a Kardashian, Hejazi said, but he declined to specify which one.
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