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Boy lands sweetest job as taster

Harry Willsher
Harry's knowledge of sweets got him the job as official taster

A 12-year-old boy has landed his dream job tasting sweets for a confectionery factory in Derbyshire.

Harry Willsher, from Essex, was selected from thousands of applications to be the official sweet taster for Swizzels Matlow in New Mills.

Confidential prototypes will be sent to Harry's home. He will taste them and give feedback on a number of aspects including aroma, colour and packaging.

He will receive £520 worth of vouchers as a prize for 12 months of tasting.

Harry applied for the job via email, describing his favourite sweets, after seeing an advert in a newspaper.

He said: "I wrote about the Drumstick, which is my favourite sweet. I wrote how it could be improved, about the aroma, how the packaging looks, how the sweet looks and the infusion of all the flavours."

Harry Willsher and Andrew Matlow
Some 3,000 applicants hoped to be the factory's sweet-taster

Harry - who lives in Billericay with his mother, father, two brothers and sister - will receive his own overalls and business cards for his duties, which are unpaid.

He said: "The factory was amazing - it really is like Charlie and the chocolate factory."

Bosses at the family-run factory said Harry submitted the best of 3,000 applications and had landed what they described as the best job in the world.

Associate communications director at Swizzels Matlow, Andrew Matlow said: "Never mind going to Australia. For any child in the world, to be a sweet taster for a sweet factory - well, it doesn't come any better than that."

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