Tens of thousands apply to be Project D doughnut tasters

Derby confectionary giants Project D are wading through thousands of applications for doughnut tasters from up and down the UK. According to the luxury doughnut makers, they have received more than 37,000 applications from fans after announcing the position online last week.

Project D told customers earlier this month that they were looking for taste testers to offer feedback on the look and taste of their line of products in exchange for free samples. The social media post has since amassed hundreds of likes, comments and shares on both Facebook and Instagram from eager doughnut lovers.

Lucky applicants could even end up with a permanent job at Project D’s headquarters in Spondon, dubbed the Dream Factory. Former doughnut taster, Paige Scott from Nottinghamshire landed the dream job after impressing Project D bosses with her passion for doughnuts.

Project D’s operations manager Max Poynton said: “We asked for volunteers on our Instagram page and before long our website crashed because so many people were trying to get online to apply.

“Our development team is constantly exploring new toppings and taste combinations because we want to continuously improve and evolve.

“We know our customers love a new range – and we introduce them every six weeks – so we are looking for serious applicants, who are in a position to provide genuine feedback. They must have the tastebuds to spot even the slightest flavour changes and be willing to try the weird and wonderful – sometimes we like to think outside the box.

“We knew from last time we appealed for taste-testers that we would get a lot of interest, but we were blown by the response this time, it’s been amazing.”

The company, which launched in 2018, has since won several awards and has received acclaim for its most popular creations – the Homer, a ring doughnut with pink icing and sprinkles and the Biscoff with a caramel base and blended Lotus Biscoff crumb.

Successful volunteers will receive a box of four or six different doughnuts once a week for a month and must provide feedback on quality, selection, flavours and toppings. They will also get sneak previews of future products and be the first to try out new flavours.

Applications are still open. To apply for a role as a taste tester visit the Project D website.

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