John Harrison, the official taste-tester for Dreyer’s Ice Cream, has his tongue insured for $1,000,000. That’s about $100 per taste bud!
In his 30 years of business, Harrison has tasted and approved over 200 million gallons of ice cream. He says; “it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.” Well Mr.Harrison, believe it or not, many people would be up to that challenge. However those people don’t realize that the ice-cream tasting isn’t as sweet as it sounds.
Before your tongue can be insured for more than Regina George’s hair, you need to have a lot of experience in the ice cream business. Harrison, for example, grew with in it. His great-grandfather had two ice-cream and candy parlors, his grandfather started the first dairy co-op in his state, and his father owned an ice-cream ingredient factory.
If you don’t have a family like his, you can always work in an ice-cream shop or find an apprenticeship at an ice cream manufacturing company. Additionally, you have to make sure that you care for your palate. Your taste buds, tongue, and mouth must be healthy and free of flavors. This means keeping your immune system strong (ironic isn’t it?) and avoiding spicy and pungent foods.
It is also recommended that you earn a university degree with an emphasis on food science, business, or chemistry. If you’ve successfully made it through the “rocky road” however, then you can look forward to waking up every morning and doing what your mom never let you; tasting 60 different kinds of ice cream with a golden spoon (they only kind of spoon that doesn’t leave an after-taste).
On a less magical note; in the interest of objectivity, you’re not actually allowed to ingest the ice-cream, you have to swoosh it in your mouth and then spit it out.