Get Me My Big Knickers Because You Can Get Paid To Eat Mince Pies All Year
Everyone knows someone who has an unhealthy obsession with mince pies. Every year, when they hit the shops, people seem to lose their minds.
Coupled with all the Christmas sandwiches, coffees, and every other Christmas-themed foodstuff, it's a dream.
However, did you know that there's actually a bloke whose job it is to test mince pies all the time? I sh*t you not.
Andrew Richie is the chief tester for Sainsburys, and he tests around 200 mince pies every week in the run up to Christmas. In fact, he's so sick of them that by Christmas Day he doesn't have any.
Speaking to the Daily Star, he said: "The secret to the perfect mince pie has always been a popular debate.
"However, because it's such an iconic festive treat, it's really important we get each element right.
"The right ratio of pastry to filling is crucial - the pie must keep its shape and have a good crumbly texture, so the pastry must be nice and short."
He continued: "The classic mincemeat filling recipe is a delicate balance of fruit, citrus and festive spice, but there are different variations in our range each year depending on current consumer tastes and trends, such as our popular Ecclefechan tarts.
"The team works hard to ensure we're ahead of the latest trends and have something to suit everyone each year, whether you prefer iced, buttery, small or large.
"But that said, there's always someone who doesn't like raisins!"
Surely he'd get completely sick of the sight of mince pies after shoving that many down his gob? He explained: "I love my job and mince pies, but as I eat them almost every day, on Christmas Day I take a break and won't touch any.
"I normally start up again on Boxing Day though.
"At peak periods I can taste around 25 mince pies a day - I could taste up to 700 in the three-month run-up to Christmas."
All those calories come at a price though. He added: "It's a gruelling task and I need plenty of cups of tea...and multiple visits to the gym."
Hey, Andrew. If you're bored...
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