Skittles are a sweet form of confectionary composed largely of sugar. They are, in appearance at least,
somewhat similar to smarties, although they are
fruity rather than chocolatey, so don't be fooled. They come in a
number of fruity flavours, all
within one packet, and a variety of gaudy colours. This probably
their slogan, "taste the rainbow".
They consist of a space-age hardened sugar coating and a squidgy,
sugary innard. They are circular, biconvex objects, just under a
Obtaining your Skittles
They are manufactured by Mars, and can be purchased from almost any
supermarket or convinience store using the native currency. It appears
they are only available in the U.S. and U.K. from preliminary data
h2g2. If you're planning on going back in time, you may wish to know
that they were introduced in 1974... So, any further tahn taht, and no
Skittles for you, you long-distance time-traveller, you!
They are bought in small plastic packets which contain them within a
atmosphere before consumption to maintain their freshness. This
normally be opened using on the fingers, but in the event of a
emergency, nails or sharp blades can be employed in a bid to pierce the
There are, on average, around 42 Skittles to a bag. This may be
coincidence. It may not.
Take skittle. Place in mouth. Chew. Swallow when you feel it's
sufficiently liquidised to do so*.
Though the overall sensation during consumption of skittles is one
sweetness, each individual colour has its own flavour, apparently.
There are also a variety of different packets available, each of which is
has different flavours contained within. This is an
approximation of the flavours available in each packet type:
|Mango Peach||Wild Cherry|
|Orange||Orange||Sour Orange|| |
|Green||Lime||Sour Lime||Kiwi |
However, despite there apparently being 5% juice per skittle, they
all taste broadly the same, being very very sweet and only a little bit
At the time of writing, Skittles* comprised:
Sugar, glucose syrup, hydrogenated vegetable fat, citirc acid,
fruit juices (see above), dextrin, maltodextrin, flavorings, modified
starch, colours, glazing agent (carnuba wax).
What people have said about Skittles
Ogden Nash claimed that 'there is more to life than beer and skittles'. Quite what he meant by this,
don't know. He seems to be implying that the ordinary people have
supremely elevated status to these fruity confections.
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