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Confirmed sighting: Liquorice Skittles
Posted: 10:31 Mon 31-03-2003. Location: newsagent next to Victoria Coach Station.
"James Busta" reports: Comes with the obligatory 5 different flavours, but liquorice themed. I didn't even know there were 5 different flavours of liquorice - it turns out there probably shouldn't be. James goes on to review each of the individual flavours (Black, Aniseed, Mint, Vanilla, and Spice) in incredible - and laudable - detail, which you can read by clicking on the "View/add comments" link below. There's good evidence to suggest that the Liquorice Skittles have been available in Italy for a while, a country also believed to be the origin of 2001's "Skittles Mints", whose varieties included "Coolmint", "Peppermint", "Spearmint", "Sweetmint", and - of course - nature's very own "Toffeemint"...


Posted: 10:45 Mon 31-03-2003 by "James Busta"
Comment: Black Liquorice - black coloured (obviously), and taste like your standard liquorice stick. Satisfactory.

Liquorice Aniseed - green coloured(?), taste like the black ones but sweeter. Not much aniseed to it. Ok, but probably too sickly to eat in any great number.

Liquorice Mint - white in colour, mostly taste of artificial mint, similar to the flavour of mint jawbreakers with just a hint of liquorice. Surprisingly tasty although again a little sweet for my palette.

Liquorice Vanilla (you get the feeling they were running out of liquorice flavours by this point) - an unimaginative yellow in colour. A less gritty texture on chewing than the others, with a hint of vanilla, but largely just an even sweeter version of the black liquorice. Might appeal to minority groups like fans of vanilla coke. And liquorice. Maybe.

Liquorice Spice - red in colour, and truly foul in flavour. The people at Skittles must have been rightly embarrased about this one, because they didn't even have the balls to call it ginger liquorice, for that is the overwhelming flavour that hits you, just before the overwhelming nausea hits you. And because of this miswording, every time you eat one you subliminally think of Geri Haliwell, as if the flavour itself didn't make you ill enough. Furthermore they ruin the Skittles "swigging from the box experience" because no matter what ratio of flavours you get, all you can taste is ginger liquorice. I've eaten most of the others, even the vanilla ones, but these are going in the bin.

Overall I have to say I felt let down by these sweets. The thing which disappoints me most as a liquorice fan however is the wasted opportunity. Where was the salt liquorice flavour one? Or liquorice toffee? What market are they aiming for? These are too sweet for adults, and lord knows the market for liquorice amongst kids is limited enough.

Overall I give them a 3/10 - must try harder.
Posted: 10:08 Wed 02-04-2003 by "Matt The Watermelon "
Comment: Brilliant. Now stop eating skittles and get a proper job like the rest of us monkeys.
Posted: 10:54 Wed 02-04-2003 by "Chorely"
Comment: I simply love skittles, they are my favourite sweeties of them all. I wish I could marry a ginger skittle with long hair and then take her bowling for our honeymoon.
Posted: 10:58 Wed 02-04-2003 by "Fruit Salad Appreciation Society"
Comment: I would love to taste some fruit salad flavoured skittles. It would remind me of the good times in bulgaria. Will they ever become a reality? Who nose...
Posted: 11:03 Wed 02-04-2003 by "Geri"
Comment: Whats your flava? Tell me whats your flava
Posted: 16:14 Wed 02-04-2003 by "anon"
Comment: theres a rumour goin round that matt posted the above entries. unconfirmed.
Posted: 16:20 Wed 02-04-2003 by "baba bab bab"
Comment: I'd rather swig from a bottle than a box of skittles. im a confirmed alcoholic. Thanks.
Posted: 16:25 Wed 02-04-2003 by "sweet smell of success"
Comment: Thats a very deep portrayal of liquorice my friend. You have my full support in the quest for sweet survival, in the jungle that is the alleged capital of this country
Posted: 16:30 Wed 02-04-2003 by "Fisherman Fred"
Comment: Please post me the ginger skittles. I hate to see sweets going to waste. I love all things ginger and it would break my heart to see those poor little skittles go uneaten
Posted: 22:32 Wed 02-04-2003 by "SkitToe"
Comment: Skittles hold a special place in my heart. I was a young paper carrier when they were introduced to me by my local pharmacist as "Skillets". They were my instant favorite (not favourite!) and have been for me ever since. Over the years, I could even handle the various themed flavors such as Tropical and Berry. However, given the introduction/bastardization of the product with the Sour and now the Licorice variants, I may have to re-think my selection. Oh...time to grow up I guess...
Posted: 15:24 Thu 03-04-2003 by "Bagpuss"
Comment: dont diss the sour sweets
Posted: 15:36 Thu 03-04-2003 by Snackspot
Comment: NB: There's quite a difference between the US Sour Skittles and the UK ones - from what I remember, the US ones have a noticeably coarser surface texture, more like Harry Potter Fizzing WhizBees.
Posted: 15:51 Thu 03-04-2003 by "Martin Lewis"
Comment: Having been in America, land of all dirty sweets, I am not sure what has prompted the outpour of confectionary gubbins. However I do know that by combining a purple Skittle with any (plain) M&M you can create the taste of white chocolate. This has been scientifically confirmed unlike my Cadburys Eclair tasting cocktail of tequila (1 shot), whiskey (1 shot) and pineapple juice (to top up). Anyone else reckon that [US] Sour Skittles taste like bubblegum covered in airfix glue?
Posted: 21:01 Tue 13-05-2003 by "MmmMmm"
Comment: Mojos rock.

That is all.

Posted: 21:05 Tue 13-05-2003 by "MmmMmm"
Comment: Actually, Skittles are OK, and I do quite like the sour ones too. Best to get two bags and mix em up. It`s like The Deer Hunter all over again, and I`m Christopher Walken.
Posted: 15:43 Wed 14-05-2003 by "Alex"
Comment: USA Sour skittles are the best. Grape is especially.

I can't see Liquorice ones now:(

Were they LTD. Edition?

Posted: 19:40 Tue 12-08-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Where have all these posters gone?

have these been discontinued? I really liked them

Posted: 12:15 Thu 14-08-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Yes Alex, these contributors were "discontinued" following a prank they tried to play on me: http://www.55379009.com/mediaassassin/

- seriously, i think the Liquorice ones are only supposed to be available in Italy, and shouldn't really have been on sale over here. Anyone know of any sites that import European confectionery to the UK?

Posted: 08:54 Fri 15-08-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: At my local shop, they said they imported it from Germany. And no sorry
Posted: 21:47 Fri 15-08-2003 by "JT" # permalink comment
Comment: can you still by... cadburys Nuts About Caramel terrys Chocolate Orange Bubbler Galaxy Caramel Double Chocolate and is jolt cola going to be launched in the uk
Posted: 09:36 Sat 16-08-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: JT- say that again, but with punctuation
Posted: 11:32 Sat 16-08-2003 by "JT" # permalink comment
Comment: did some one say that jolt cola is coming out here in the uk
Posted: 21:06 Tue 19-08-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Fascinatingly, I ran into someone from Mars (the company, not the planet) over the weekend, and they said that Liquorice Skittles *were* launched on the quiet here in the UK (hence these sightings), but they weren't very popular so it was all hushed up like it never even happened.
Posted: 00:46 Mon 25-08-2003 by "none" # permalink comment
Comment: I've recently returned from Scandinavia and brought a small box of this wonder of grossness with me, all my friends and family vomited for hours after trying them. The candies are so awful -- they aren't popular even in Sweden (and you know how gaagaa for liquorice people are there). Yeah, that's how gross Liquorice Skittles are.
Posted: 20:32 Sat 04-10-2003 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: You can buy these at d&w, they are making out they are from itally http://www.DandW.0catch.com
Posted: 20:53 Sat 04-10-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Errr.....liquorice skittles ARE from Italy.
Posted: 14:04 Sun 05-10-2003 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: well someone a little while ago said that they where english!!!
Posted: 15:41 Sun 05-10-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Try reading the actual post for this topic.

Liquorice Skittles have been available in Italy for a while, a country also believed to be the origin of 2001's "Skittles Mints.

And Liquorice weren't officially released here.

Posted: 02:55 Thu 27-11-2003 by "Crazy" # permalink comment
Comment: liquorice skittles are for sale on ebay!
Posted: 16:20 Thu 27-11-2003 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: they have got them in poundland
Posted: 17:29 Thu 27-11-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Really? Multipack, pack of one? Large or small quantities?
Posted: 17:49 Thu 27-11-2003 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: they sell them in a pack of 5 for 1 pound
Posted: 22:38 Thu 27-11-2003 by "JT" # permalink comment
Comment: -Happy Thanksgiving- mmmm........http://www.jonessodastore.com/files/tg-101.html
Posted: 18:39 Fri 05-12-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: http://www.checkout.ie/MarketProfile-print.asp?ID=86

and the introduction of a Skittles limited edition in 2003 is expected to add further to overall interest in the Skittles brand.

Could this be Liquorice Skittles?

Anyone else seen a 5 pack in Poundland? When I asked, I was told they didn't sell them

Posted: 18:34 Sat 21-02-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: I've found them.

They've been imported from Finland (a giveaway is a Finnish ingredients sticker stuck over the ingredients on the box)

I don't know why these are unpopular as they are the best flavour I think.

Posted: 20:27 Sun 23-05-2004 by "Phil C" # permalink comment
Comment: I recently contacted Masterfoods UK about skittles, and they told me that there was no consumer demand for liquorice skittles so they were shelved. The same goes for the mint skittles, which werent selling very well. They only sell berry skittles in ASDA and cheap shops for some reason...I dont get that, as I think Berry flavoured are better than the ordinaryand even the sours.

As for Tropical, I would love to try some but they dont sell them in the UK.

Posted: 15:41 Mon 24-05-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Tropical ones are the worst type of Skittles.

Mint, Wild Berry and Sours are best in the US. Bring Milkshake flavour here, or at least open a Cybercandy shop in Leeds!

Posted: 20:01 Mon 24-05-2004 by "Phil C" # permalink comment
Comment: here here! cos I live near Leeds
Posted: 13:50 Fri 28-05-2004 by "Zed" # permalink comment
Comment: I bought 6 for a pound in the pound shop and ate them all, mine are from Helsinki too
Posted: 14:54 Fri 28-05-2004 by "Phil C" # permalink comment
Comment: Is that licorice skittles or berry ones Zed?
Posted: 15:59 Fri 28-05-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Liqourice, £1 for 5 in Poundland.

I think its a strictly while stocks last offer. I bought 5 packs.

Posted: 10:12 Sat 29-05-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: watch yourself when indulging in liquorice, everyone - experts warn one too many and you might "turn Bertie":

Woman 'overdoses' on liquorice


Experts have warned people against eating too much liquorice. It follows the case of a 56-year-old woman who was admitted to hospital after overdosing on liquorice.

The woman from Yorkshire went into muscle failure, a potentially fatal condition, after eating too much Pontefract cake.

Writing in the Postgraduate Medical Journal, doctors said she had been eating the liquorice sweets to relieve chronic constipation.

Posted: 11:07 Sat 29-05-2004 by "Phil C" # permalink comment
Comment: Lol thats hilarious. I live in Yorkshire and there are plenty of wobbly people around in Pontefract...
Posted: 11:30 Sat 29-05-2004 by "Phil C" # permalink comment
Comment: Alex or Zed, would you be willing to swap a bag of your liquorice skittles with me for, say, a twix and a mars bar or something? If so email me: poorlittlechef (at!) hotmail.com
Posted: 13:48 Sat 29-05-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Sorry Phil, I don't have any left, although your offer was tempting!
Posted: 14:30 Sat 29-05-2004 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: i have some liquorice skittles, but they passed there sell by date april 1st 04
Posted: 22:42 Sat 29-05-2004 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: my friend is making a site on weird sweets from around the world and selling them online!!!! click my name to go there
Posted: 23:35 Sat 29-05-2004 by "elmsyrup" # permalink comment
Comment: There's nothing there at the minute, bob.
Posted: 17:29 Mon 31-05-2004 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: I no he is having troublw with the company putting a .co.uk of his site so once it is sorted it will show you all the productshttp://www.freewebs.com/itz2sweet
Posted: 18:40 Thu 20-Sep-2007 by "hope" # permalink comment
Comment: sour skittles are sooooooooo good!!!!!

thats all.

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