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Your Dream Job is Real: Here’s How to Get Paid to Eat Ice Cream

July 6, 2016
by Jamie Cattanach
Staff Writer

It is July.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been spending a lot of time sticking sweatily to leather seats and wishing I could take a shower every 10 minutes.

I can think of few things better than ice cream. Well, except one — getting paid to eat ice cream.

As it turns out, that’s a thing! Ben and Jerry’s secret shops are available in select U.S. cities on the East Coast right now.

But if you want to get paid to eat a sweet treat, you’d better act super fast.

Ben and Jerry’s Mystery Shopping Jobs are Available Now

If you’ve never heard of mystery shopping before, I’ll quickly give you the scoop (see what I did there?):

You get paid to go to a business and provide some feedback about the quality of the service or product.

In this case, you’d be required to go to a Ben and Jerry’s, order an ice cream and photograph both the dessert and the receipt.

Then, you’d get $10.

Sounds pretty freaking sweet, right?

Shops are available in the following cities:

Connecticut
Uncasville

Florida
Miramar Beach
Naples

Georgia
Athens

Massachusetts
Hyannis
North Eastham  
Provincetown
South Deerfield

North Carolina

Emerald Isle
Jacksonville

New Hampshire
North Conway

New Jersey
Atlantic City
Cape May
Newark Airport

New York
Bolton Landing
Huntington Village
JFK Airport Jamaica
Lake George
Montauk
Watkins Glen
Westhampton Beach

Pennsylvania
Scranton

Puerto Rico
San Juan

Rhode Island
Block Island
Newport

South Carolina
Myrtle Beach

Vermont (bonus points for Ben and Jerry’s native land!)
Burlington
Manchester
Smuggler’s Notch
Waterbury

Get Paid to Eat Ben and Jerry’s — For Real

If you’re screaming for profitable ice cream (and who wouldn’t be?), hurry up — secret shopping missions fill up fast all the time, and these are particularly sweet.

Apply at iSecretShop’s Shopper Portal, and find your location to see if the listing’s still active.

If you miss it, never fear: You can sign up to be notified of future mystery shopper opportunities, ice cream-related and otherwise.

You could also contact the company directly and ask to be considered as a backup candidate.

The Penny Hoarder’s founder, Kyle Taylor, did a lot of secret shopping in his day, notes that “It’s extremely common for shoppers to flake out.”

After you’ve officially applied, submit a direct request to let the scheduler know you mean business.

“Once you’ve proven to be reliable, they’ll often call you before sending out an email blast to see if you want the job,” Kyle says.

So get to it, ice cream lovers — and good luck!

Your Turn: Want to get paid to eat ice cream? Never mind, you don’t have to answer that. I mean, you’re a human being, right?

Jamie Cattanach is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder, but only because her original career plan of eating ice cream for profit somehow didn’t work out.

by Jamie Cattanach
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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