From the popular Sours to the ill-fated Chocolates, Skittles has tried out quite a few new products over the years. The two newest contenders on the Skittles scene are Blenders, which debuted in late 2011, and Riddles, which came out in January. We picked up a few packs to find out how they did on the Skittles Spin-Off Spectrum.
Skittles Blenders takes two flavors and blends them together to make 5 combinations: Mango Lemonade Blast (peach), Melon Berry Blast (blue), Strawberry Lime Blast (pink), Green Apple Watermelon Freeze (green), and Cherry Tropicolada (red).
Even before putting a Skittle in my mouth, Blenders appealed to me for two reasons. First, I've always preferred the Tropical and Wild Berry packs, and the Blenders definitely skewed closer to these than to the classic flavors. Second, the bag smelled like Starbursts. Upon tasting, this second observation held true: it seems as though Skittles Blenders has simply hijacked the artificial flavors from other well-known products. This isn't a problem, exactly, though it makes them a riddle in their own right. Each new flavor was a game of, "This tastes like something I know— what does this taste like?"
Well, Cherry Tropicola tastes like a cherry Slurpee. Green Apple Watermelon Freeze tastes like an Air Head Green Apple bar, and Mango Lemonade Blast is barely different from the original yellow Skittle. Strawberry Lime Blast was my favorite of this new pack because it tastes exactly (and I mean exactly) like a pink Starburst. The take away? These might not be the most original flavors Skittle has tried, but that's not a bad thing if you're a fan of the candy that they're imitating.
Skittles Riddles gets points for novelty. The "riddle" is that the flavor of the Skittle doesn't match the color on the outside. Taste-wise, the five flavors are subjectively better/objectively more tropical than the original. They include watermelon, strawberry, punch, apple, and raspberry.
You'd be surprised at the level of cognitive dissonance that occurs when eating a Skittle whose taste doesn't match its color. It's a neat party trick, but one with a problem— it doesn't lend itself to how I actually eat Skittles. I hardly ever examine the color of my Skittle before popping it into my mouth. Though I'm Dr. Oz has something to say about this, I'll admit that I generally just open a bag and blindly nosh. Unfortunately this defeats the whole purpose of the new product.
Bottom line? The Riddles were a fun, one-trick pony but I'd happily buy Skittles Blenders again. Though, as my boyfriend pointed out, "If you shove a handful of Skittles in your mouth, they're always Blenders." Duly noted.
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