Chocolate taster sought by Mackie’s

The new role will be paid in monthly supplies of chocolate
The new role will be paid in monthly supplies of chocolate

AN Aberdeenshire company is offering an unusual job - chief taster at its new chocolate factory.

Rothieniorman-based Mackie’s, famed for its ice cream, is advertising for the year-long post - to be paid in monthly supplies of chocolate - ahead of the opening next year.

We want to share the sweet success with creative candidates

Kirstin McNutt Head of Development

The only qualifications needed are tastebuds, with the successful applicant having a ‘steady supply of chocolate to taste, test, lick and sook on the couch at home’, according to the job advertisement.

Mackie’s is also keen on creating a new flavour - dreamt up by the newly-appointed chief chocolate taster - to celebrate the opening of the new £600,000 facility.

Other responsibilities will include ensuring quality control, tasting other brands of chocolate and taking part in tasting panels.

Kirstin McNutt, head of development, said: “Mackie’s is committed to everyday indulgence, offering delicious treats including ice-cream, thick-cut crisps and, of course, chocolate.

“At the moment, our chocolate comes in four flavours - milk, honeycomb, dark and Scottish mint.

“With our brand new factory being capable of making more than five million bars annually, we want to share the sweet success with creative candidates who have a taste for bringing us new interesting flavours.”

The closing date for the job is December 3, with Mackie’s confirming people of all ages can apply and have to describe their dream chocolate bar flavour and why they are the best candidate.

The top four creative ideas will be chosen and put to the test by Mackie’s before two finalists are short-listed and put head to head via public vote on social media.

The new chocolate factory is due to open in the spring.