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When I was younger I didn't really like sweets and much preferred chocolate. As I have grown older though I have started to enjoy the sweets I used to think were only ok and find myself wanting them more and more. One of these such sweets is skittles. I more usually eat the original flavoured Skittles that comes in a red packet, but from time to time I do like to have the sour version as its nice to try new things. Sour Skittles are as the name would suggest just a sour version of ordinary Skittles. They come in a crunchy brightly coloured shell attached to whichever flavour they happen to be. The flavours are Grape, Lemon, Strawberry, Orange and Apple. My boyfriend assures me they are distinguishable flavours but I personally can never really tell the difference and tend to eat them in groups of a few colours anyway. You can taste a difference between them, but I never seem able to actually work out which is which when they're in my mouth. The sour flavour isn't exceptionally strong, unless you eat a significant amount of skittles in one go. The sour taste is pleasant and sweet, and works well with skittles due to the small shape and size, so you get just the right amount of sour. The cost of Sour Skittles depends on the size of the bag you happen to purchase. There is the ordinary size which is around 60-70p and a large share pack for £1.50. I say this a lot about confectionery but I am certain they have recently reduced the size of skittles packets. The shape is definitely smaller and there are fewer skittles to a pack. You do tend to get less air in the packet though as they dont simply fill it with air, and so it is a tighter fit. I would recommend Sour Skittles as they are a pleasant treat to have for Skittles fans. The quantity is about right, but you can always just fold over the packet if you are done eating, and as they come in a shell they stay fresh for a long time anyway. You can buy them in corner shops and supermarkets also in their sweet aisles or sometimes beside the till. I have been able to buy both the smaller size in both places, but it is sometimes more difficult to find a share packet as Sour is less popular than the original flavour. The price is also good and they are very easy to nibble at as a nice treat.
Having received a Tesco voucher for £0.60p off a bag of 174g of skittles, I went ahead and purchased the sour version of the sweet at the weekend. The bag is the same as all those other brands that seem to be a craze at the moment. The old "grab bags" which you can take to the cinema. It comes with a sealable sticker on the side that allows you to reseal the bag to keep the product fresh. It never works for me and Skittles Sours are your bog standard skittles. IE round sweets the size of slightly flattened pea. They come in different colours and normally different flavours like Strawberry or Orange etc. Flavours include: Grape, Lemon, Strawberry, Orange and Apple. Sours are no different, other than they remove the flavours and fill with a sour ingredient. I struggle to find the flavours though as the sourness (spelling?) takes over. They are not overly sour though, and do not find them anywhere near as the likes of Haribo sours. Which I think considering how many skittles you get in a pack of 174g (the larger share bags) is a good thing. You would not want to OD on them. Only advice is that you do not get them mixed up with the original skittles as they look exactly the same. Skittle Sours cost approximately £1.40 for a 200g bag. They also come in a 61g back but unknown cost.
I absolutely love sour sweets. If I see a new packet of sweets and it has the word "sour" on the packaging then I am almost guaranteed to buy it. Understandably, therefore, I was very excited to see that Skittles had brought out a sour version of their famous sweets. Sour skittles come in the exact same packaging as the standard Skittles with the only difference being the green background on the sour packet as opposed to the usual red. Each packet weighs 55g and usually cost around 50 pence. I do find that there can be a lot of variation in price dependant on individual retailers though. Inside the packet are lots of small, circular sweets with a white S stamped on each one. They come in five different colours and each colour represents a different flavour; apple, cherry, mandarin, pineapple or raspberry. You get a decent amount of sweets in each packet. Each sweet has a hard outer sugar coating and this is where all the sour flavouring is. Once you have bitten into the sweet you will find that there is a softer, chewy centre. I really liked the flavouring of these sweets. Many sour sweets that I have tried in the past have lost the sharp sour taste very quickly but this isn't something that happened with the Sour Skittles. Nor were they too sour, which is another common mistake. I felt that they really got the balance right and they tasted great. They immediately became one of my favourite sweets and something I have repurchased many times. They make standard Skittles seem boring in comparison and a little tasteless. I feel the added sharp sour taste really helps to bring the sweets to life. Obviously these sweets aren't the best for you. Just looking quickly at the list of the ingredients I can see several E numbers listed and I know they do contain a lot of sugar. However, they are definitely intended to be a once in a while treat and so this isn't something I have great issue with. I can overlook a lot when something tastes this good!
I noticed when I tried this candy for the first time is that it is indeed sour but not cringe-inducing sour. Its just your traditional Skittle dusted with some kind of sour powder. If you bite right in and chew, its a subtle sour taste but you'd think you're just eating a regular Skittle. It comes assorted with the flavors: Grape, lime, lemon, orange, & strawberry. I was curious to know just what natural ingredients it had since it boasts there's both natural and artificial flavors. They put apple juice in 'em. Citrus too. The package claims that its an excellent source of vitamin C although I doubt you'd really consider this a health food. Getting 45% of your daily value of vitamin C from candy has its drawbacks.. like rotten teeth! The packaging also boasts that its gluten-free and gelatin-free. I doubt you can be considered a responsible parent to have your kids snack on this daily. Not only that but you'll just end up with hyperactive kids with a sugar rush.. Plus I wonder just how good for us all these weird named other ingredients are. Its that deceptive packaging that may confuse consumers! When I was younger, I'd probably be addicted to this stuff but now that I'm older I tend to avoid things too sour or sweet. My tastes have evolved and I seem to prefer more filling, chewy candy like Twizzlers. Overall I'd say this is a nice candy to treat yourself to on occaision but it lacks that factor that would make you prefer it over something else. I can see me easily ignoring it on the shelf at a store and picking up something else. -Nutrition Facts- 200 calories 2g fat 2g sat fat 37g sugar 5mg sodium
I'm not the biggest fan of Sour sweets, so why did I try these? I was in the local shop and they caught my eye. I'd seen them for ages, but just always walked past them. They are in the same kind of bag as normal Skittles. A kind of shiny plastic bag which is pretty colourful. This was a sort of lime green colour with different colours on it. Not sure if you can get this in the larger hanging bags. I think the little bag cost me 47p. The Skittles are tiny, and you get quite a few in the bag. They are just the little round sweets with the little white S on the front. A chewy centre with a crisp shell outside. These still taste like the fruity taste that normal Skittles have. You can taste the citrus and the berry taste, but they are right when they say they are sour. At first when I chewed into a handful I thought that these wouldn't be that bad, but the Sour taste just came out and hit me. Not as sour as the fizzy snakes you get, but still a right sour tang. I wouldn't buy them again as they are just too sour for my taste, but if you are into that kind of flavouring then I suggest a little try of these.
I have to admit I have a little bit of a sweet tooth which I like to indulge every now and then. I often like to have a little bag of sweets a treat for my taste buds but not for my teeth! Skittles, made by mars, have been around for years and years, and have been extremely popular. Recently skittles have bought out sour skittles as a variation to their product. Sour skittles come in similar packaging but with some strong differences, they have the same packaging except the main colour is green rather than red. The packaging is a plastic type bag which seals the sweets in quite air tight so keeps them nice and fresh. The skittles come in a variety of sizes, a large share type bag and a small individual bag. Inside the bag are lots of really small round sweets. They come in lots of colours which represent the different flavours, and have a white S stamped on the top of each one. The sweets are a sugary outer shell and chewy inner centre. When you first bite in you think it is going to be hard but then the centre is soft. The two textures really complement each other, nicely. I wouldn't exactly describe the flavours as sour, just like I wouldn't normally describe the normal flavours of skittles as the flavor they are meant to be (fruit wise) but they certainly have a very different twang to them, which I really like, and it makes a really good piece of variety to spice up an old age sweet. I really enjoy these new flavours and think I prefer these to the original skittles, as there are too many similar things to them on the market like star burst etc, They still have the same downsides to skittles, sugary and high in calories, but what sweets don't! In fact, everything that tastes good has a healthy downside!
As an alternative to the normal red packet skittles i say the sour skittles are great, they are bursting with flavour and are great for when you want something other than chocolate. I was drawn to the bag by the green packaging and the different coloured skittles on the outside. Sour skittles are unlike anything else on the market, thats what makes them so unique! Personally i prefer these to the orginal skittles because you cant even compare the taste! Skittles are brightly coloured hense the slogan 'Skittles taste the rainbow' and come with a crisp sugar coating. When biting into the skittles you are met with a sharp tangy sensation that sends your taste buds on a magical journey! They stay chewy and personally i think they are rather more-ish, but for the people amongst that have superb will power, you wont find yourself muching away too quickly. Another great thing about skittles is that they used to be unsuitable for vegetarians and vegans, however Mars appear to have begun removing gelatin from some of their products, which include skittles. There are a variety of different size bags, if you want to munch through a bumper bag with a friend at the cinema, or you want a little bag to meet your craving needs, there is a is a size suitable for all.
One of the most well loved fruit sweets in Britain are Mars manufactured candy's "Skittles", the little hard coated chews which are currently being sold as a chance to "Taste the rainbow". As a side product Mars released some "Sour Skittles" as a new variation of the brand, which means the sweets have a much more sour fruit taste as opposed to the normal Strawberry and Orange flavours of the original Skittles. The original Skittles which come in a red packet have a changed colour of packet for this sour version, and now come in green though keep the iconic rain bow design in the centre of the packet with "Skittles" written across the centre. These are much rarer than the normal Skittles and often cost a little bit more in fact they are usually around 55p for a 55g bag. When the packet is opened there's several handfuls of sweets in the bag coming in 5 colours (funny considering the sweets have 6 different colours in them according to the packet). The sweets are small and hard, covered in Carnauba wax) with soft chewy insides to them, each one has a white S on them (the sixth colourant?) which helps make them stand out compared to things like Smarties and coloured medical pills. When chewed they are sweet but yet sour with fruity undertones, each of the 5 colours has a different taste which makes eating them in combinations more fun than eating just one at a time. When compared to the normal ones they have more flavour to them, but the fruit flavours seem much less recognisable. Although they are more sour than the normal skittles it's hard to actually consider them as being truly "sour sweets" as they don't have that explosive sourness of some other sweets. Sour but not overly. Nutritional Information (per 100g) 1692 KJ (Energy) 403KCal (Calories) 0.0g Protein 89.2g Carbohydrate 4.2g Fat The product contains a host of E numbers both acids and colours (E100, E12, E132, E133, E160e and E171 are all the colours, the acids are E296, E330, E331 and E334). Possibly advisable to keep these away from kids who react badly to E numbers. Overall they have more taste and attitude to normal Skittles which help them stand out and actually seem to be an improvement on normal Skittles though as with any "sour" sweets there is the distinctive possibility that just being "sour" is an off putting quality. With 5 separate flavours there is plenty to try and the packets do contain a lot of sweets of which are very good quality and rather unique in taste. Well worth a try if you like sour sweets.
On a recent trip to the local newsagent I was slightly upset to find that one of my favourite sweet treats, Skittles were out of stock. However in their place was Skittles Sour so in my pure desperation to get a sugar fix I decided to give the Sour alternatives a try. ***Packaging*** Skittles Sour come in a 55g plastic sweet bag. This is very similar to the traditional Skittles except instead of a red bag it is a bright lime green bag. Skittles Sour is written in large white font with lots of colourful Skittles on the front of the bag and also a rainbow. The packaging is very eye catching due to the bright clashing colours. ***Price*** A 55g bag of Skittles Sour costs 55p in my local newsagent. I think this is pretty average price wise for confectionary. ***Skittles Sour*** When you open the bag of Skittles Sour they do not smell any different to traditional Skittles. The scent is just a sweet sugary scent and no indication that these are "sour" sweets. The flavours in Sour Skittles are slightly different to the traditional flavours and colours. There is a raspberry flavour which is a purple colour (this is a slightly lighter purple than the traditional purple colour. Mandarin which is orange coloured. Pineapple which is yellow coloured. Apple which is green and also cherry which is a pinky red type colour. What I noticed in general about all of the sweets is that texture wise Sour Skittles are exactly the same as traditional Skittles. These are hard and crunchy with a very chewy centre which allows the flavour to develop in your mouth. The sourness is the only real difference between Skittles Sour and Skittles. This is generally quite a sharp and tangy sour taste which makes your mouth tingle. If you put too many in your mouth this is a very strong taste which hurts your mouth, but this doesn't put me off and I quite like this sensation. Raspberry- In the traditional bag the purple are usually one of my favourite flavours but in Skittles Sour these are my least favourite flavour. The raspberry taste is less apparent and I feel that these sweets almost have a floral type taste to them and are not as strong tasting as the other sweets in the pack and definitely less sour. Mandarin- This is a light orange flavour, not as strong orange as the traditional orange flavour but has a very tangy sour taste to it. The mandarin taste is apparent first and then the sharp sour sensation hits your tastebuds. Pineapple- In a traditional bag of Skittles the yellow sweets are usually my least favourite but in a bag of Skittles Sour the yellow pineapple flavour is my favourite. This is a real fruity taste which lasts as you chew the sweet. Before you even bite through the hard candy shell the sourness hits you and this is definitely the most sour flavour. Apple- The green sweets have a lovely fruity flavour to them. The apple flavour is sour but not too sour in a tangy sense which hurts your mouth but the apple taste is so strong that it has quite a kick to it so is not suitable for the faint hearted. Cherry- This is quite a light fruity cherry flavour but with a sharp tangy cherry aftertaste. In comparison to the other sweets (with exception to the purple) the cherry flavour is one of the least strong flavours and you have to chew the sweet quite a lot before it becomes apparent this is cherry. **Nutritional Information** Each 55g bag contains: 220 calories 34g sugar 2g fat As you would expect with confectionary Skittles Sour are not the best food that you could eat as they are very high in sugar. But do taste so good. ***Overall*** I was really impressed with Skittles Sour and actually preferred the sweets (apart from the purple coloured "cherry flavoured" Skittles) more than the traditional flavours. The sweets are like traditional Skittles in that they are full of flavour and underneath the hard candy shell the sweets are nice and chewy and leave a lasting flavour in your mouth with a very sour tang. The only downside to these sweets in my eyes is that the sugar content is so high. However if you do not like sour sweets then avoid these are extremely sour.
Skittles are nice occassionaly but when I saw these Sour flavoured Skittles I was practically hopping on the spot with excitement. The packaging is exactly the same as standard skittles except the colour is green instead of red. There is also a little picture of the tasty treats in the right hand corner. First the nutritional bit. These values are per pack which is 1.8oz. Total Fat: 2 g Saturated Fat: 2 g Sugars: 37 g Vitamin C: 45% As I ripped open the packet I was eagerly anticipating my first chew into the newbie Sour Skittles. The new flavours are all sour versions of Apple, cherry, mandarin, Pineapple and rasberry. Now what I should have done is try one at a time, however, being an exciteable child at heart I decided to stuff a big handful in my mouth in one go. Probably not the best thing to do with sour sweets. One thing I must clarify though is that I have always been a little on the crazy side when it comes to sour and sharp sweets. The worse they are the better. The Sour Skittles did NOT dissapoint. My usual reaction to very sour or shapr sweets is nothing more than a cursurory glance at whoever is watching me but I will hold my hands up and say the eyes did water for a few seconds. The taste is hard to describe, espcecially as I was so greedy in my tasting. Each individual Skittle didn't taste quite as good as when they are all put together. That way your brain is telling you "ooohhh her comes Apple" and then before you know it it's saying "oh no, it's actually rasberry". These are pretty much like normal Skittles but with a serious kick. They still have the crispy shell (which is where the sourness is) and the inside is the same as a normal Skittle with it being a chewy type sweet. These were a lovely treat and made a change from the bog-standard (now in my opinion very dull) Skittles. I paid 40 pemce from them but no doubt price varies accross the board.
A selection of sour fruit flavours in a mini chewy crispy shell