Would you like to spend the next three years studying chocolate? If so, it seems that Cambridge University is advertising your dream job. The impressive sounding Department of Chemical Engineering is searching for a student to work on a fully-funded project.... finding how to prevent chocolate melting in the sun!
But before you get too excited the role will also require 'good mathematical skills and a high grade degree, 'according to today's Daily Mail.
It's time to confess that I have a special interest in chocolate. My younger daughter, who grew up on Roald Dahl's best selling book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was determined to follow in her hero's footsteps After gaining a degree in food microbiology she got her first job working in - you've guessed it - a chocolate factory. It was her task to taste the first batch that came off the production - at 7.30 in the morning....
Which brings me back to that dream job at Cambridge University - what does the successful candidate have to do? They will 'investigate the factors which allow chocolate, which has a melting point close to that of the human body, to remain solid and retain qualities sought by consumers when it is stored and sold in warm climates.'
If the project is a success then hopefully we'll be able to eat chocolate all year round - even in a heatwave.
Meanwhile, I'll leave the last word to Roald Dahl himself:
'You look like you wanted that one, sonny,' the shopkeeper said pleasantly.
Charlie nodded, his mouth bulging with chocolate.”
― Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory