There's a reason Roald Dahl's Charlie & the Chocolate Factory resonates with people of all ages: No matter how old we are, finding a Golden Ticket in a chocolate bar and ending up with copious amounts of candy to taste-test sounds like a dream come true. Well, that dream did come true for a guy in the U.K. named Angus Kennedy. He's been the editor of the candy trade publication Kennedy's Confection for nearly 20 years, and for the past two years, he's been the pub's primary chocolate taster. In other words, his job description pretty much read: Taste up to two pounds of chocolate a day, then write about it. OMG. Can you even imagine?!
Now, Kennedy's making news for having to call it quits for the sake of his health. Eating all that chocolate -- as awesome as it sounds -- is a serious occupational hazard.
He told The Telegraph:
The only problem with eating chocolate from 9 to 5, of course, is the predictable weight gain and high cholesterol. In the last couple of years, I've put on some considerable weight and a recent check-up showed my arteries were far from fighting fit. It was with regret that I stepped down from the magazine to concentrate on a less harmful -- but certainly less sweet -- career.
What a drag! But the guy had to do what he had to do. As someone who has worked in the media, I can relate to what Kennedy was facing -- on a much different level, of course. I've certainly never had to taste test that much chocolate for any story. But when you're being paid to write your opinion -- particularly about food -- loads of delicious bites often make their way onto your desk. Whether or not you choose to eat is of course up to you, but the temptation is there a lot more than if you had a "less sweet" job like, say, being an electrician. (Even then -- my fiance is one who works on films, and one time Ryan Gosling actually bought an ice cream truck for the crew! So you never know!)
Kennedy's story just goes to show that as much as we like to fantasize about launching ourselves face first into a river of chocolate a la Augustus Gloop, the idea of gorging ourselves on chocolate on a regular basis has to remain just that -- a fantasy. Because judging from Kennedy's experience, the reality of it doesn't sound like it ends up being much fun.
Here's a video of Kennedy discussing his tasty-but-dangerous job, prior to quitting ...
Would you ever want a job like this?
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