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Click pic to view comments - Semi-international sighting: Masterfoods Exotic Skittles Semi-international sighting: Masterfoods Exotic Skittles
Posted: 21:04 Thu 05-May-2005. Price: 59p for 125g; part of 5 for 1 section. Location: Cool Trader, Wrexham; Farm Foods, Glasgow. Nutritional unusualness: 401 kcal per 100g.
"Daniel Thornton" reports: Another marketing meeting at Masterfoods and do they decide a) to establish a new, exciting product or b) continue bastardising existing established blands (sic). Well, it's option "b", obviously. And so here we are with Exotic Skittles. Exotic in this context means mandarin, pineapple, watermelon, passionfruit and mango. And they all taste as they should, but y'know, wouldn't we all prefer something entirely different? What is different is the colouring. Gone are the primary colours of yer classic Skittles. In comes neon colouring of a frankly scary variety. For me food should not really appear to glow in my hand in most circumstances. But anyway, these appear to originate from the Czech Republic, but the presence of GB ingredients and contact information suggests they'll be a bit more widespread soon, unless they're another Liquorice Skittles-style local variant that's accidentally ended up in freezer shops and pound dives. I do like them though. It's just all a bit "mehh" though.

..."Daniel Thornton" was first in with this enigmatic sighting, though "jb" provided a better pic, largely agreeing: I found a whole stack of these in Farm Foods. Judging by the packet they are for the Eastern European market. The flavours are very convincing and I have to say this is an excellent product. The only thing that was off-putting was the pearl-like sheen on the skittles instead of the usual shine that we get in Britain. Needless to say I am going to go back for more.


Posted: 08:59 Fri 06-May-2005 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: YAY! Guess who will be going to Farmfoods today? In other Skittles reports, I found some Italian made Skittles in Jack Fultons recently, in sour and berry flavours. Strange thing was they were in little Fruity Smarties style boxes, rather than plastic pouches.
Posted: 15:43 Fri 06-May-2005 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: TANGO CLEAR. apple and watermelon and lemon and lime 2L bottles at TESCO
Posted: 18:05 Fri 06-May-2005 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: At Superdrug too.
Posted: 19:26 Fri 06-May-2005 by "mike" # permalink comment
Comment: ooh I want some exotic skittles. Pineapple skittle is crazy
Posted: 18:40 Sat 07-May-2005 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Finally tracked some down. They are great! I love the shiny "bath pearl" coloured coatings. Also no one has mentioned yet that they have a slightly sour taste in the coating. The watermelon ones are lovely, so are the others, though there are only about 2 or 3 mango ones per box. Also I looked everywhere on the box and there are no GB ingredients or contact info on them.
Posted: 22:49 Sat 07-May-2005 by "Daniel Thornton" # permalink comment
Comment: I have to wade in here and defend the righteousness of my spotting by pointing out the GB ingredients certainly are there on the bagged versions of these.

Skittles in boxes are just wrong.

Posted: 07:59 Sun 08-May-2005 by "jb" # permalink comment
Comment: I have to defend the boxes. I like the fact that you can re-seal them so you don't have to eat the whole thing in one go
Posted: 14:43 Sun 08-May-2005 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Here here! Plus the little slit with the hole in to pour them out of is very convenient.
Posted: 21:29 Sun 08-May-2005 by "valvonatron" # permalink comment
Comment: Sounds nice. I'll try them when I see them.
Posted: 12:39 Mon 09-May-2005 by "orangey" # permalink comment
Comment: I had smoothie skittles in Atlanta recently...I even kept the bag in case I could be bothered to photograph it and send it in..the urge has not yet become strong enough. They were a bit bland really, a bit too sweet, not very interesting, I am sorry to say.
Posted: 16:24 Mon 09-May-2005 by "nicksweeney" # permalink comment
Comment: Smoothie Skittles aren't that nice, are they? Bought them on the Florida/Alabama state line a couple of weeks ago. Very meh.
Posted: 08:05 Tue 10-May-2005 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Have to go to Farm Foods. I loved Skittles Shakes (which are seen on the new Skittles ads, proving the lazy marketers are Australian), and you all know my love for Liquorice ones.
Posted: 00:07 Wed 11-May-2005 by "Lee Maguire" # permalink comment
Comment: Snackspot, the more you prefix the name "Masterfoods" onto their snack names, the more it sounds like some generic, yet slightly sinister sounding, company from a TV drama.

Like that Doomwatch episode 'The Devil's Sweets', or something.

Anyway, carry on.


Posted: 06:46 Wed 11-May-2005 by "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: The Liquorice Skittles are still being sold at 20p per box by a shop I visited a couple of weeks ago in Mexborough - despite having a best before date of April 04. They still taste OK though.
Posted: 07:58 Wed 11-May-2005 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: What sort of shop? A pound shop I'm guessing.
Posted: 08:33 Wed 11-May-2005 by "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: No - just a corner newsagents [opposite an Aldi in fact]. They are good for obscure 'grey market' sweets and crisps though so I always check them out when i'm in Doncaster. Last year they still had those Liquorice Toffos in stock in the white & black wrappers with the arabic writing on.
Posted: 18:21 Sat 14-May-2005 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: These are great. Just a shame there's watermelon, and not enough pineapple.
Posted: 03:17 Tue 14-Mar-2006 by "Melissa" # permalink comment
Comment: What a shame...I live in California, USA and we dont have exotic OR licorice skittles. And I love licorice. We do have smoothie skittles, however, and im obsessed so far.
Posted: 20:32 Mon 15-May-2006 by "BuBbLeZ_34" # permalink comment
Comment: yummmm, skittles r so good. 54018 1
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