Meet the woman who makes a living taste-testing chocolate for a $33 billion candy company


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Lisa Schroeder outside the Mars Chocolate North America headquarters in Hackettstown, New Jersey.

Lisa Schroeder has a pretty sweet job.


For the past 16 years, Schroeder has worked for Mars Chocolate - a segment of the $33 billion Mars candy, petcare, and beverage company. Mars Chocolate produces 29 candy brands in total, including the billion-dollar global brands M&M's, Snickers, Dove, Milky Way, and Twix.

As a sensory technologist for the company, Schroeder's job is to taste-test chocolate. We recently spoke to her to find out how she landed this dream job, what she does all day, and what advice she has for aspiring taste testers.

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Here's what she had to say: