Thursday, April 7, 2011


By Hoyne LaMoyne and Ogden Elston

Turns out the source of that brownie smell enveloping the loop area on windy days is the Blommers Chocolate Factory catty-corner from the Jewel on Milwaukee/Kinzie/DesPlaines. 

As the "blah" sound in its name indicates, the Blommers Plant is more Slugworth than Wonka, but according to their website they're hiring. 

Among the qualifications a prospective Blommer's Q/A Tech: Must be able to taste and consume chocolate and related products

Sounds easy enough.  Unfortunately, s/he also:
  • Must be able to climb stairs, walk, stand for prolonged periods of time
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • [Must be able to deal with] hot, cold, dusty, noise conditions
  • [Preferably would have a] Bachelors of Science in Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology or related field [with] Three years experience or commensurate level of experience and education

According to its website the job has been open for almost a year, which raises the obvious point: Why hasn't blommer's run a golden ticket contest to fill the job?