Meet The Chocolate Scientist Who Insured Her Tastebuds for £1m

Hayleigh Curtis is one of Cadbury's brightest stars.

Cadbury's Chocolate scientist Hayleigh Curtis
Chocolate heaven Cadburys scientist Hayleigh Curtis Image Cadburys

In terms of dream jobs, chocolatier must be right up there with astronaut and Ice Cream tester, but very few of us are lucky or talented enough to work with coco for a living.

One such person is Hayleigh Curtis – one of Cadbury’s most important chocolate scientists, who has pretty much the best job ever.

Hayleigh is a crucial part of the confectionery giant’s research team in Bourneville, and she’s one of the leading chocolate experts in the country.

Hayleigh’s sense of taste can make or break any one of the new products being produced being developed for Mondelez International. In fact, her skills are so important to the company that she’s had her taste buds insured for a whopping £1m.

Her taste buds are now insured by Lloyd’s of London, which will hopefully keep her at the forefront of the chocolate industry for years to come.

The insurance protects her most important sense, but the agreement is void if she eats any Fugu fish,  hot chilli peppers, or if she ever does any sword swallowing – not that she would.

In quotes published by The Mirror, Hayleigh said: “I’ve grown up with Cadbury and it has always played a really important role in my life, so it’s great to be part of a team that sit at the global headquarters for chocolate invention at Mondelēz International.

“There is a lot of science that sits behind our chocolate innovation.”

“There is a lot of science that sits behind our chocolate innovation – from mouth feel to melting temperatures of chocolate – so with my tastes buds safeguarded I look forward to creating lots more deliciously tasting chocolate for years to come.”

Hayleigh’s proven herself as one of the brightest lights in chocolate delights, and she’ll be influencing the world of chocolate for a long time yet.

So, next time you’re tucking into a bar of Fruit & Nut, you know who to thank.

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.