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      24.10.2010 22:08
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      Tasty, Chewy, Fruity Sweets!

      I tend to go through phases of wanting specific chocolate or sweet treats. Last week I was going through a phase of Kit Kat Chunky and this week I'm going through the phase of eating Skittles. I used to love these sweet's when I was a child and I haven't had them for years and I just fancied some so I treated myself to a big 174g bag which was on offer in Sainsbury's.

      ***ABOUT SKITTLES***
      Skittles are made by mars who also make Mars bar, Snickers, M & M's and other well known sweets and treats. Skittles are fruit flavoured chewy sweets in a crisp sugar shell. The flavours include blackcurrant, lime, orange, strawberry and lemon. They are available to buy in different sized packs that can be made for sharing or just for you. Skittle Fruit's are the original first skittles that were introduced how-ever you can also buy Skittles Sours and Skittles Wild Berry as well. The Sours are available to buy in most local shops and some supermarkets, how-ever the Wild Berry flavour are hard to get hold of and I have never tried this flavour. There are also other flavours such as Tropical, how-ever these were more than likely introduced in another country so aren't available to buy form many places in the UK.

      ***PRICE/AVALIABILITY***
      Skittles Fruit's are available to buy from all supermarkets and most local shops. For a standard sized bag which is 100g it will cost you approximately 37p and for a large bag (174g) it will cost you approximately £1.25, how-ever if you go to Tesco these bag's and other large sharing bags such as malteasers are on offer for 2 for £2.00 offer which is valid until 2nd November. I got my bag of skittles from Sainsbury's which cost me just £1.00 which is valid until 16th November which is when they will go up in price to £1.40 again. I have noticed that the other flavoured skittles such as Wild Berry, Crazy Cores, Tropical and Sours are available on the following UK website:

      http://www.americansweets.co.uk/index.asp?function=SEARCH

      How-ever these are quite pricey at 95p for a standard sized bag.

      ***PACKAGING***
      The Skittles come in a bright red plastic pouch and they can't be mistaken for anything else as Skittles have used this bright red packaging for as long as I remember. On the front of the pouch is a rainbow and then some of the Skittle sweets are scattered towards the bottom of the pouch to show you what the sweets look like. On the back of the pouch is a list of ingredients, nutritional information and contact details for Mars Company. There is a yellow dashed line just down from the top of the pouch and this enables you to tear the bag open and then using the coloured sticker which is on the back of the pack you can simply fold down the top of the pouch and use the sticker to seal it to keep them fresh.

      ***APPEARANCE/SMELL***
      When you tear open the bag you will see lots of brightly coloured, round sweets sitting in the bag. There isn't much of a smell coming from the bag but when you do smell inside the bag the smell reminds me a little bit like sherbet. The sweets do smell very fruity. The sweets are quite small and hard and they are quite difficult to squash in between your fingers. On each sweet there is a white S printed onto it. Looking at the sweet's they do look very tempting but I think this is probably due the bright colours rather than the smell which I'm not too keen on. How-ever this wouldn't put me off eating them.

      ***TASTE TEST***
      I'm quite fussy when it comes to flavours and I will admit that I don't like anything that tastes of Lemon or Orange so I won't be eating this flavour. My mum can eat these ones! When putting a sweet into my mouth they do feel quite hard but when you sink your teeth into the sweet you can feel the sugar shell crushing and breaking. This releases a gorgeous fruity flavour into your mouth. After the sugar shell has been broken, your teeth will then sink into the rest of the sweet which is chewy but this also tastes very fruity and is mouth-watering as it feels your mouth with flavour. After eating the sweet there is a fruity after taste but this isn't unpleasant and is actually quite nice. The flavours are very tasty and fruity and this is because they are made with fruit juice. My favourite flavour is definitely the strawberry ones and I don't ever let anyone have any of this flavour.

      ***OVERALL OPINION***
      I love these sweets. They are so fruity and delicious and just fill your mouth with fruity flavour. They are very satisfying as they are sweet but they aren't so sweet so they get sickly. I do find these very moreish especially the strawberry ones. I think the sharing pouch is good value, especially when it's on offer and it's great that you can re-seal the bag after opening them. I would like to try the other Skittles such as the Sours and Wild Berry; how-ever I'm not sure these would be as nice as the Fruity Skittles. If you're not a fan of chocolate but love fruity sweet's that fill your mouth with lovely flavours then go for these.


      (review also on ciao)

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        23.08.2010 11:44
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        Try them and im sure you will love them!

        Skittles are probably the most addictive sweets you could buy. The sugar coated candy are so full of sugar that they melt in your mouth when you chew them and get an extremely pleasant burst of flavour at the same time.

        At most shops you will find a packet of skittles for around 47p which may seem a bit expensive but you do get quite a lot of the small sweets and a wide variety of flavours, the common favourites being Strawberry (red) and Blackcurrant (purple). Other flavours include Lemon, Lime and Orange. Many people like myself tend to eat the latter three flavours together for a really mixed up taste and save the Strawberry and Blackcurrant flavours til last, they really are yummy!!

        Skittles really are an amazing product and something you should try, just not before bed, you will be bouncing off the walls from the rush of sugar!
        There are other varieties of skittles which offer different mixes of flavours which include Tropical, Wild Berry and the popular Sour Fruits packets.

        Skittles have also been known to be a great mixer for vodka, where skittles will be left to dissolve in the alcohol for a number of days. I must admit, done properly this taste great in shots, though i must admit its probably a good idea to use only a couple of coulours, and use a few packets to get any real flavour from the mix and to give the drink a pleasant colour. If making a large quantity of Skittles Vodka (e.g. 1 litre) i would recommend buying the big Share Bag which costs about £2 in most shops.

        Finally, i would just like to tell the parents of this world that feeding a young child skittles really isnt a good idea, unless your tolerant of hyperactive children! And it is probably a good idea to give them a small amount at first, 75% of a skittle is Sugar!! Yummy =)

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        02.06.2010 02:09
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        great as an occasional treat

        Mars skittles are fruit sweets, with a hard sugar shell and chewy centre, marketed by Wrigley, under the parent company Mars (the 6th largest private company in the US). Since their introduction in 1974 they have proved consistently popular and the range now includes 55 gram bags and 195 gram pouches. Expect to pay around 40p for a bag and £1.40 for a pouch.

        Skittles come in a distinctive (easy open)bright red bag, with a rainbow across the centre of the packaging. 'Skittles' is written clearly in white and there is a picture of some of the sweets underneath. Skittles tend to cope very well with most temperatures and simply need to be stored somewhere dry. They should have a best before date several months beyond purchase.

        Per 100 grams, skittles contain 403 calories, 90.5 grams of carbohydrate and 4.2 grams of fat. The carbohydrate is so high as skittles are almost entirely made from sugar - this does have the advantage of making them low fat, but you should definitely brush your teeth after eating these as they will rot your teeth!

        I find skittles very moreish, although in essence they are very simple - the outer sugar shell is hard with different colours according to flavour. Be warned, this shell is very solid, to the point where it can be uncomfortable to bite straight through it. Instead, sucking the sweet for a few seconds will soften the shell and let out the chewy fruit centre. Skittles are made with real fruit juice and this comes through in the flavours, which include orange, strawberry and blackcurrent. Each flavour is surprisingly realistic, although very, very sweet. Overall, these are good for a quick, intense, chewy sugary hit.

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          12.05.2010 20:59
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          Nice fruity sweets

          Skittles are fruit flavoured chewy sweets made by Mars, which have been around for many years. I used to love these as a kid, but now I find they are too hard and chewy for my teeth, so I don't eat them as often as I used to. I do love to get them for on a Saturday night though whilst we are watching a film, and I always end up sucking them instead of chewing them!

          They are very small sweets, a bit smaller than a smartie, and they have a crisp sugar shell around its fruity chewy centre. They come in a range of colours and flavours. The purple ones are blackcurrant flavoured, red ones are strawberry, yellow are lemon, green are apple, and the orange ones are orange flavoured. These are obviously aimed at children as you can tell from the very bright colours they use.

          These sweets are very fruity, they are not bland at all. When you eat them you can instantly taste the fruity taste, and if you eat a few at a time, they can be a bit too sweet and tangy for my liking.

          You can buy skittles in the usual way all sweets come nowadays, in individual bags or larger sharing bags. The individual bags are roughly about 40p and the sharing bags are around £1.50ish. I got these thought last week on offer in tesco for just 50p! I thought this was so cheap I couldn't resist, even though these wouldn't usually be my first choice to pick up, I do like them so thought I might as well get them for this bargain price!

          I highly recommend skittles, they are very fruity and addictive, once you have one you just want the whole bag, but I definitely would choose something else over these most of the time, as they can be too sweet for me!

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          28.03.2010 17:03
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          Sweets!

          After my disappointment with Tooty Fruities, I was pleased to see a 195g pouch of Skittles on offer in our local supermarket for £1 recently. I hadn't had a pack of skittles for ages and ages and Mr Norton admitted he was quite partial to them (despite his phobia of all things orange, he can eat orange skittles...), so we bought a pouch for our glass sweetie jar that we keep in the living room... Everyone needs a big glass jar of sweets!

          The pouch was easy enough to rip open and even came with a sticker on the back so you can re-seal it to keep your sweets from tipping out all over the place. Skittles are small oval shaped (like smarties only smaller) sweets. They have glazed sugar shells each with a white letter "S" printed on. I still cannot get my head around how they manage to spray/ stencil/ print a small S on every single sweet. They are soft enough to bite into and taste VERY fruity and sweet. They are very moreish too.

          They come in red, purple, orange, yellow and green colours. So, their slogan "taste the rainbow" is not exactly true as where are the blue or turquoise sweets? But that note aside, my favourites are the red and purple ones. You can eat several at once to create flavour combinations or you can just open a bag and separate the colours out- I have heard of people making friends birthday boxes of a jar of just red skittles. It is a shame they do not sell just a bag or red skittles as I think that would be really popular (letter to Mars needed I think..).

          The ingredients are mainly: sugar, glucose syrup, fruit juices (5.1%)- the flavours are blackcurrant, lime, orange, strawberry and lemon), dextrin, malodextrin, "flavourings", modified starch, glazing agent, vegetable oil. I count 9 "E" numbers so if you have a child who is sensitive to "E" numbers avoid these!

          Nutritionally:
          Per 100g: 403 calories, 4.2g fat, 90.5g carbohydrates (I assume this is sugars but the nutritional information on the pack does not have the "of which sugars" option). This is quite high, but I was not expecting anything less.

          Overall, Skittles are my favourite glazed sugar sweet. As I have quite a few fillings and know I need to see a dentist soon, I am trying to cut down on sugary sweets. But I prefer Skittles to other fruity sweets like Tooty Frooties as they are softer to bite into and the flavour is really quite strong for such a small sweet. I would recommend these as something different to chocolate. I am deducting one point as there are no blue sweets so their slogan is not exactly truthful. Lol.

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            16.03.2010 16:22
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            A sweet treat, and a bargain for £1!

            Skittles are a really yummy nostalgia sweet that I remember eating as a kid. There is something about them that is really moreish, the lovely fruity flavours and the way you can just pop one after another into your mouth!


            A 195g bag of Skittles is currently available in Tesco on offer for £1. This represents great value, because you get loads of sweets for that price, and they are perfect for sharing with the family.


            Skittles come in a vivid red shiny bag, with a rainbow on the front, depicting all the flavour varieties: Red for Strawberry, Yellow lemon, orange (!), Purple blackcurrant and Green lime. On the back of the bag, there is a rainbow sticker that can be used to reseal the bag is you don't eat them all in one go. The nutritional information is on the back of the bag and reads as follows per 100g:

            Cal 403
            Carb 90.5g
            Fat 4.2g

            This is a bit poor really, because nobody, not even be, would eat 100g of skittles in one go, and there is no information about how much sugar they contain. The information itself is on a tiny box on the back of the back, in microscopic lettering. The back of the pack also includes the ingredients and the main ingredient is sugar. It also contains real fruit juices, which add to the zingy flavour.


            Skittles are described on the pack as "Fruit flavour chewy sweets made with fruit juice in a crisp sugar shell". They are small round sweets, ideal ly sized for kids, which come in various bright colours. Each sweet has a white letter "s" on it, which is quite cute. They don't melt in your hand, which is good, and they can be sucked or chewed, though I always chew mine. The shell is bursting with fruity flavour, and when you bite through, you get to the soft, white, chewy centre, which gives an even more powerful flavour hit! The flavour is quite intense, but it is never overpowering or unpleasant. They really freshen your mouth.


            Skittles are ideal for taking on days out, or to the cinema. They look gorgeous in a glass bowl on display in the home, or in a gumball style sweet dispenser, although they never last long.


            Skittles are made by Mars, which is one of my favourite confectionery companies. they have recently hit on some new variations of Skittles, such as the sour version, but the original has earned its place as a classic. The colours are particularly appealing to kids, but they are a sweet anyone can enjoy anytime.

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            22.02.2010 23:56
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            My favourite chewing sweets

            Skittles are chewy sweets and probably some of the most well-known sweets around. They are tiny little round sweets which isn't great that they're so small as you end up eating loads of them! The sweets are chewy on the inside and are covered in a sugar coated shell and every single one is bursting full of a fruity flavour.

            There are a few different colours and flavours of Skittles including red - strawberry, purple - blackcurrant, green - apple, orange - orange and yellow - lemon. Those are in my favourite order - the red ones seem to have so much more flavour than the others but you can taste a difference in flavour in every single colour and they're all still very fruity and tasty.

            They come in either big sharing bags or small individual bags but the big bags are the ones to buy as obviously there's so many more in them! These bags are really easy to open by just tearing along the scissor lines at the top to open them and then you can use the sticker that's provided with the bag to fold down the top and keep the bag closed.

            I absolutely loved Skittles and probably eat far too many of them than I should. They're not at all good for you being chewy sweets and I'm sure too many of these could end up giving you a few fillings but I only nibble on a few when I'm watching a movie or watching TV at home so I don't go overboard and don't have so many that they make me hyper with all the sugar they contain!

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            06.02.2010 23:39
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            Mars Skittles - Juicy, chewy little sweets.

            I stopped eating chocolate over 6 years ago, but still have a very sweet tooth. I do really enjoy a chewy sweet and have found Skittles to be some of the tastiest chewy sweets around.

            Skittles come in a bright red plastic bag, which is easy to open. Inside, you find lots of fruity smelling, attractively coloured sweets. Skittles have an outer sugar candy shell, with a mouth watering chewy centre, made with real fruit juices. They come in five different colours/flavours:

            Red = Strawberry
            Orange = Orange
            Yellow = Lemon
            Green = Lime
            Purple = Blackcurrant

            They are strong in taste and fill your mouth with a mouth watering, juicy fruit flavour.

            The only thing I do not like about Skittles is the amount of E numbers in them.

            *Ingredients*

            Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Fruit Juices (5.1%) (Blackcurrant, Lime, Orange, Strawberry, Lemon), Vegetable Fat, Acidity Regulators (E330, E331), Dextrin, Maltodextrin, Flavourings, Modified Starch, Colours (E100, E120, E132, E160e, E171), Glazing Agent (Carnauba Wax), Vegetable Oil, Emulsifier (E475).

            *Nutritional Information per 100g*

            Calories - 403
            Protein - 0.0g
            Carbohydrate - 90.5g
            Fat - 4.2g

            Skittles are available in 2 sizes at Tesco: 55g bag for 41p and 195g bag for £1.40.

            I'll definately keep buying this tasty sweet treat, but will only be giving them 4 stars due to their E numbers.

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              Mars Skittles- Rainbow Colours!

              Skittles were first made in 1974 by an English company. In 1982, production of Skittles began in the United States. Skittles are sold in the European Union and also made in Victoria, Australia.

              Skittles are a brand of yummy chewy fruit flavoured sweeties produced and sold by Mars, Inc (makers of Mars Bar!). They have quite hard sugar candy shells which have the letter 's' for skittles on them. When you bite into the skittle, they are chewy and fruity.

              The chewy inside is mainly made from sugar and hydrogenated vegetable oil along with fruit juice, citric acid and natural and artificial flavours.

              These smell very fruity as well as tasting great. They have lots of different colours- red, green, yellow, purple and orange. These represent flavours such as strawberry, blackcurrant and orange.

              These come in small bags containing around 20 skittles.

              Nutritional Info:

              Fat: 2.3g
              Calories: 221.7
              Protein: 0.0g
              Carbohydrate: 49.8g

              Price and Place

              These are sold for around 50p in supermarkets, convenience stores and lots of other places!

              Pro's

              Fruity
              Different flavours
              Taste great and yummy
              Cheap

              Con's

              Chewy- jaw ache
              Colours on your tongue
              Sugary

              4/5 from me. I would like these more if they did not hurt my teeth.

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                03.12.2009 14:53
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                8/10

                Skittles are one of my favourite sweets. I don't have them that often, but sometimes get the urge to go and buy some.

                The Skittles come in a bright red packet, which sort of invites you to buy them. Once you open the packet, the actual sweets are just as colourful and you are met with a fruity smell, which smells just like they taste.

                This is good, because they taste great. Each different colour is supposed to represent a fruit and therefore have a unique taste. There is some difference, but this doesn't really affect me, as I tend to bundle a handful at a time into my mouth, which results in the same taste every time. The flavour seems to burst out of them, despite them being hard and chewy and not containing anything runny inside the shell.

                A few minor problems I have with Skittles is that they become quite sticky soon after you put a few in your hand, which as a result makes your hand sticky.

                The other problem I have is that they make me feel a little sick; maybe I can't handle all that flavour.

                Nutrional Info :

                Calories: 221.7
                Protein: 0.0g
                Carbohydrate: 49.8g
                Fat: 2.3g

                Overall these are a great sweet, with lots of flavour. You can buy them for around £0.50, which is okay I suppose. Watch out though, the stickiness could cause a mess.

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                  22.10.2009 09:40
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                  Taste the fruit salad

                  What happens when you cross breed a Fruit based chew with an M&M? Well you'd surely end up with something similar to a Skittle. Coming in a Mainly red bag with a bright colour scheme and the word Skittles written in big white lettering one of the most loved sweets Mars produce seem to have gotten harder to find in recent years. However as I've (finally) gotten myself a 55g bar of them it's time to review them before the bag vanishes (seems to be an annoying trait in this house at the moment sadly).

                  The product was being solid with the tag "Taste the rainbow" and contain a variety of real fruit flavours (5 flavours coming from real fruit juices). Though with so many other fruit based sweets are they good enough to hold their own?

                  The first thing you notice is the way they look, almost identical to the small plain M&M's that Mars make (Mars are also responsible for these) though with an "s" replacing the "m" on the coating of the sweet. They come in Red, Yellow, Green, Orange and Purple each representing it's own flavour but each identical in size and texture. They have an outer coating made of sugar (again identical to that of an m&m) with a softy chewy centre in the middle that holds the flavour of each individual sweet. As you do sort of expect with Mars the quality is high, the sweets never feel cheap, or like you could easily squish them between your fingers and the taste meets the high standards that Mars do often seem to work towards. The individual flavours are terrifically sharp and yet equally sweet in a wonderful combination of sweet and fruity and the sweets do maintain a rather chewable quality to them that manages to make them genuinely fun to eat, something most sweets can't really claim to be.

                  Nutritional Information (per 100g)
                  403 Calories
                  0.0g Protein
                  90.5g Carbohydrates
                  4.2g Fat

                  The sweets contain: Modified Starch, E numbers (100, 120, 132, 144, 160e, 171,330, 331, 475) (source: the packet)

                  Overall they are lovely, they taste fantastic, really beautiful taste and great chews that seem to mix soft (inside) with hard (outside) to compliment each part wonderfully. Although the product does contain a lot of E numbers, a lot of Carbohydrates (almost certainly mainly sugar) and over 200 Calories a bag it's easily to think you're having a fruit snack due to the taste and convince yourself all is fine. As with m&m's there is a rather large possibility of making a rather large mess with them if you spill them as they seem to just run and the bag seemed oddly impossible to open with out splitting them (annoyingly). Though it's almost impossible not to love Skittles they maintain a childish charm to them that could attract almost anyone into enjoying a mouthful and if eaten a mouthful at a time you can also feel like you've got yourself a bit of a fruit salad in your mouth. A real delight.

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                    21.10.2009 20:51
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                    chewy

                    Skittles are not something that I indulge in regularly, this is mainly because they feel like they are are really bad for my teeth, so I tend to opt for chocolate based sweets, which probably aren't any better for teeth actually!

                    Skittles are like Smarties, only without the chocolate bit inside. The outer casing is pretty much the same in that you get a coloured sugary shell which you can slowly suck away and reduce it to nothing, leaving a chewy middle with a fruity flavour.

                    Packaging:

                    Easy to spot on the shelves, the plastic wraper does the job at keeping these sweets fresh and no problems opening it.

                    The Skittle:

                    I prefer the outer shell myself, The sweets come in a range of flavours; orange, lemon, lime, strawberry and blackcurrant and obviously the colour of the sweet matches the taste of it. I particularly like the red ones with the strawberry taste, which is a little less tart than the other flavours. It does not have an authentic strawberry taste, but more that manufactured taste that you might find with a wine gum or a fruit pastille. Once you have gotten rid of the shell, you will be left with the chewy centre. This always gets stuck in my teeth and I find my tongue working overtime to prize the goo out for hours after. Obviously this can be fun if you have nothing else to do, but it can be a pain if you're about to kiss someone full on.

                    A bag of Skittles will set you bag about forty odd pence and the bag should see you through one sitting quite comfortably. I like to use them to decorate cupcakes and also to drizzle over ice cream as a crunchy topping, it works really well. Personally, I prefer Smarties though, less annoying to eat.

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                      12.10.2009 22:16
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                      Fun while it lasts

                      Skittles come in attractive rainbow design packet with a red background. Usually featured with the strapline "Taste The Rainbow" Skittles are small rounded fat disc shaped sweets that come in all different colours and tastes.

                      If you pop a single skittle into the mouth can you can taste the intended flavour, for example the orange one tastes like an orange. The skittles are white and chewy inside, and are very juicy, they are also very sweet and slightly tangy. If you pop a whole range of colours into the mouth, this is where the magic happens, upon biting into the sweeties it's like a burst of juicalicious zingy fruits has been released, it really will get the saliva flowing.

                      Unfortunately, skittles have a darker side, after a few too many, the fruitalicious juicyness sometimes can get too much and they can start to taste quite sickly. You also get quite a allot in the bag and handling them too much will cause a sort of sticky sweaty layer on your hand.

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                      a great sweet product

                      Im not usually a massive fan of all things sweet however skittles are sweets that have been around for years and I have loved these for as long as I can remember really.

                      They are basically small rounded disk shaped sweets that come in many different colours and fruity flavours. They have a hard coated shell and have a really nice soft but chewy centre which tastes fantastic.

                      All of the flavours taste fairly similar however I like the red ones the most and of course the green ones are the worst and you always seem to get more of the green ones as well.

                      They come in either small, or large bags and cost about 40p for the small bags and around £1 for the bigger bags which are made to share, or to be taken to the cinema or something.
                      In terms of value there not bad though, you do seem to get a lot in a bag and as they are chewy they do seem to last a while as well.

                      They do seem to dry my throat out a bit after iv had quite a few of them though, but as a nice little packet of sweet from time to time, you cant beat a packet of skittles.

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                        A nice change from chocolate!

                        If you fancy a change from chocolate but still want something sweet then there are lots of things you can choose but none are better than Mars skittles.

                        Skittles are tiny brightly coloured chewy sweets with a crisp candy shell, once you crack through the outer candy shell you are left with a very tangy fruity chewy sweet, there are a variety of flavours in each bag.

                        The flavours are lime, lemon, strawberry, blackcurrant and of course strawberry, with the strawberry and lime ones being my favourite, each sweet has a little "S" on them standing of course for skittles, no idea why I bothered to mention that but hey ho!

                        These can be purchased in a variety of different sized bags, you get the standard bag, a king size bag and then a family bag, there is never enough in the standard bag for me so it is always king size or family bags I buy.

                        100g of these sweets contain 403 calories so don't be fooled into thinking there isn't much to them so they won't be fattening because nothing could be further from the truth.

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                        Crunchy outside, chewy middle now available in several fruit varieties, peppermint and spearmint.