The Electric Commentary

Saturday, October 21, 2006


I like Skittles, but they also piss me off. That's because the grape flavor doesn't go with any of the other flavors, most of which are citrus. Lemon, orange, and lime all work well with each other, and cherry is ok, but the fructose flavored grape flavor just doesn't mesh well. I think they just forced it in their for purposes of color. The lack of a legitimate blue fruit (blueberry does not have a strong enough flavor, and don't get me started on "blue raspberry," whatever that is.) causes all sorts of coloring problems in the world of fruit-flavored candy.

Let's face it; Skittles needs some purple. Unfortunately, the grape flavor exists at the cost of a cohesive candy experience. The grape flavor isn't even bad, it is just not wise to consume grape in concert with the other flavors as it is completely overwhelming.

Starburst jellybeans suffer from a similar problem, although actual Starbursts themselves remain free from fructose infection. Thank God.

I agree that a blue would be a pleasant addition to any given candy. M&M, for instance, now includes a blue hue in every pack (lamentable at the expense of the light brown color). That said, there is no reason to create unpleasant flavor combinations for the sake of color.

And while we're on the subject of Skittles... (see the post above this one.)


  • Keep those grape skittles to play a trick on somebody at work. A freshly opened can of soda will fizz over if just one skittle is dropped therein. Drop three or four in and it fizzes real fast, and cannot even be drunk fast enough contain the fizz-over damage.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:33 PM  

  • Purple + Red = Pure Skittles Joy. Taste both ends of the rainbow.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:26 AM  

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