It’s not as sweet as you think
People’s faces light up when I say I taste chocolate for a living, but it’s not always delicious. I also have to taste defective chocolate, which might have a bitter or burned flavor. I’m usually in a small room, not allowed to talk, and parked in front of a computer to log information. Sometimes the room has red lighting to disguise the appearance of the chocolate, so I can evaluate it only by taste, not appearance.
I don’t eat; I “taste”
I can sample as many as 30 chocolates per day, so to keep my palate vibrant, I spit the sweets back out. That’s another not-so-glamorous part of the job (although it does help make weight gain a nonissue!). Between samples, I wait 30 seconds to let my senses rest, and I chew half an unsalted cracker and drink plain warm water (carbonated water and ice water numb your senses).