A Canada-based candy company is giving us a very sweet mission.
Candy Funhouse, an online retailer of sugary treats – name anything from chocolate bars to gummies and licorice, is searching for a Chief Candy Officer. (Does that sound made up to you?) It offers $78,000 a year and is a work-from-home job.
Duties in the job include: “leading candy board meetings, being the head taste tester… and all things fun.”
Countless individuals have applied for the position, which was announced in LinkedIn in July, according to CEO Jamal Hejazi.
He stressed that he’s been shocked by the number of “golden ticket” themed applications and the delicate clips of whole families wanting to share the tasting job and salary. However, Hejazi is also aware of why it drew attention.
“Imagine your best memories around candy, and having that every day at work,” he stated.
Candy Funhouse is a Family Thing
Headquartered in Toronto, Candy Funhouse is helmed by four of 20- and 30-something siblings who were raised in the area and whose parents were owners of donut stores and a local restaurant.
“My brother Mo, a candyhead, founded it in 2018, and my mother was employee no. 2,” stated Hejazi, continuing that he and a sister and brother, both younger than him, eventually entered the Candy Funhouse business.
The family wanted to set their company apart from other well-established online and traditional competitors like Amazon, Hershey, and Mars with a “weird” set of products, no minimum orders – “we’ll sell one lollipop – and a strong presence on social media.
The company’s 2021 sales, heightened by the pandemic, were “just under $15 million. I’m not kidding,” said Hejazi.
The family has 90% of ownership stake.
The Position is for All Ages
According to the company, the Chief Candy Officer job is open to candidates of almost all ages – could be as young as 5-years-old – but parental consent would be required in that scenario. And as expected, numerous parents have taken videos of their children filling out the application and posted it online.
Candy Funhouse boasts 340,000 followers on Instagram and three million on TikTok, which includes a Kardashian, Hejazi mentioned. But he didn’t say who among the many.
The company is currently getting ready for the Halloween season, its largest sales period the previous year.
“We have 40% of our stock in” thus far, said Hejazi.
Just last week, candy manufacturer Hershey announced that it would be hard for them to meet Halloween season demand this year.
Hejazi also stressed that news on social media saying that the Chief Candy Officer will be demanded to consume 3,500 pieces of candy a month are false.
“That would be 117 a day,” Hejazi said. “That’s too many.”
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