Skittles, Experience the Rainbow

Friday, November 20th, 2009 by Becca Droz
Skittles - Taste the Rainbow

Skittles - Taste the Rainbow

Sharabilty: 8

Denture Danger: 5

Convenience: 6

Novelty: 7

Overall: 9

Skittles, taste the rainbow. The rainbow of chewy, fruity, sweet shelled candy pellets stamped with the letter ‘s.’ Skittles originated in Europe by an English company in 1974 and were fist imported into the United States in 1979. The original flavors are grape, lemon, lime, orange, and strawberry. Skittles is also a lawn game played in Europe, a game similar to bowling.

In the summer months I know we’ve all eagerly accepted a small handful of Skittles from our friend with the bag and had them start to melt in our sweaty hand only to be left with a mouthful of juicy Skittles and a rainbow colored palm.

“Skittles, taste the rainbow” rings in my ears every time I think of Skittles (so I guess they did a good job at coming up with a catchy slogan). As a kid, I remember watching the Skittles commercial where a guy plants a handful of Skittles, which soon results in Skittles pouring down from the rainbow in the sky above. I’m sure everyone has had their fantasy that this has actually happened; in fact I bet some of you have planted a few Skittles in your backyard just hoping that maybe the commercial wasn’t so farfetched.

I know that I have buried those Skittles only to be disappointed in the lack of Skittles falling from the sky. We can’t obtain Skittles by going outside with a bucket, but luckily we have bulk candy websites (like candyfavorites) where we can buy tons of this fruity candy and maybe even simulate our own rainfall of Skittles.

Fun facts: 
Outside the United States, purple is blackcurrant.
In South Korea, Australia, and Taiwan, green apple replaces lime as the green Skittle.

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