Matt’s sweet job makes him the Willy Wonka of Leeds

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Meet Matt Trotter – the man whose delicious-sounding job will make him the envy of chocoholics everywhere.

For 26-year-old Matt’s role as seasonal confectionery product developer at Asda means he is currently the Leeds-based supermarket giant’s chief Easter egg taster.

What’s not to love? I get to channel my creativity into my favourite foods – chocolates and sweets. My friends and family are really envious of my job when they’re stuck at their desks nine-to-five every day.

He has been munching his way through more than 200 eggs over the last two months to check they hit the spot on everything from flavour to presentation to meltability.

Matt, who works at Asda House in the centre of Leeds, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “What’s not to love? I get to channel my creativity into my favourite foods – chocolates and sweets. My friends and family are really envious of my job when they’re stuck at their desks nine-to-five every day.

“When it comes to Easter eggs, I’m looking for crunchiness, a smooth texture and that melt-in-the-mouth flavour.

“The most important part of my job is making sure we are providing our customers with the best quality and range.

“I work closely with our experienced suppliers to be as innovative as possible, incorporating new and exciting flavours that complement chocolate.

“When testing, I always look for a creamy flavour in milk chocolate and a bold intense cocoa flavour with dark chocolate, but both must have a good snap!”

Matt’s delectable duties won’t end once Easter has been and gone, as his job also involves running the rule over sweet treats for sale at other times of the year.

He said: “I look after all the seasonal periods such as Christmas and Halloween, tasting chocolates, sweeties, jellies and mallows in all shapes, sizes and flavours for up to eight hours a day.

“I can’t wait for our customers to see what we have coming in-store – the biggest buzz I get is knowing our shoppers really enjoy the products.

“I must admit when I go home, I give the chocolates and sweets a miss and stick to the fruit.”

Matt also revealed how he manages to avoid piling on the pounds, saying: “I love outdoor sports like skiing and climbing which keep me fit and allow me to indulge without the bulge.”

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