Michelle lands sweetest job in the world at Swizzels factory

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Legendary New Mills sweet maker Swizzels has unwrapped the secret of its luckiest new employee in the position of official sweet taster.

After a sugar-filled nationwide search, Michelle Eland, 40, beat over 2,500 applicants to land the coveted role.

Michelle said: “I love Swizzels sweets and have been eating them since I was a child so I definitely consider myself an expert. I’m over the moon to be chosen.”

Applicants had to write 500 words or submit a video entry. Swizzels’ Sarah-Louise Heslop said: “Michelle’s a great candidate who showed passion, enthusiasm and the necessary skills.”

Michelle, a teaching assistant in Derby, wins a year’s supply of sweets and will be consulted on new products in development. She added: “When I told my class, they were just as excited.”