BEWARE: Zombie Skittles Will Trick You With a Nasty Surprise
My wife asked me the other night while we were watching TV if I wanted some Skittles she was munching on. "Sure," I said, "pour me a handful." I mean, who doesn't like the fruity flavors wrapped in a crispy candy shell? According to Statista.com, Skittles were the #1 selling "non-chocolate chewy candy brand" in 2017 with $183 million in sales. Since their US debut in 1979, billions of Skittles have been produced and the five original flavors have been expanded over the years to include variations like Sour Skittles, Tropical Skittles, Summer Splash, American Mix and many more. In fact, Snacktime.com lists nearly 50 different variations of Skittles that have been produced!
The latest to hit store shelves, just in time for Halloween, are Zombie Skittles. The bag is filled with tasty flavors like Petrifying Citrus Punch, Mummified Melon, Boogeyman Blackberry, Chilling Black Cherry, and Blood Red Berry flavors. Along with a NASTY surprise... inside the bag are a handful of random "Zombie" flavored candies. You can't identify them by look or smell. It's not until you start chewing, do you realize that something has gone terribly wrong in your mouth. Taste the rainbow? More like taste a rotten pile of dog crap.
I didn't realize I was eating a trick bag of candy when my wife offered me a handful of the colorful round pieces. So when the disgusting flavor started kicking in, I didn't know what in the heck was going on. She started to giggle and then let me in on the joke. The experience is similar to those Jelly Belly packs that contain random nasty mystery flavors like rotten eggs or skunk or butthole or whatever. I can't describe the exact taste of the Zombie Skittles. To me it was a cross between onions, garlic and something... else.
Taste of Home reports that a Skittle's rep told them the flavor changes depending on your palate. I couldn't get the foul flavor out of my mouth fast enough. My wife said to chase the nasty one with a new Skittle. That works okay, until you get the bad luck of drawing two gross ones back-to-back. Even worse, is finishing off the bag with a Zombie and not having any left to get the gross taste out of your mouth, as she found found out. Karma, baby.