May 15, 2009

Boy, 12, hired as candy taster

A British 12-year-old has become the envy of thousands by landing the country's sweetest job -- taste tester for candy company Swizzels Matlow.

Harry Willsher, 12, of Billericay, England, was chosen for the 12-month position from a poll of thousands of applicants after company officials were impressed by his essay declaring his love of Drumstick Lollies, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

Willsher's duties at the Swizzels Matlow factory in New Mills, England, include taste-testing the company's products and monitoring their development.

We're delighted to welcome Harry on board to the Swizzels Matlow team and look forward to working with him as we continue to expand our iconic range of sweets, company spokesman Andrew Matlow said.

Willsher said he is excited to begin his new duties.

I'm sure the next year is going to be a real adventure, he said.