Gluten-Free Candy: Skittles
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Feb 9 2013

Gluten-Free Candy: Skittles

I have always loved Skittles.  They have been the one candy that I always go back to when I need a little boost.  Of course I don’t eat them all of the time, but it is nice to know when I want a treat, I can safely reach for something that I was able to enjoy long before my gluten-free days.  I checked and they first debuted on the market in 1979 when I was only 6 years old!  Seems about right!


Skittles have changed over the years.   They still make the Original variety, but they have made several other varieties such as Sour Skittles, Chocolate Skittles (ick – it has been a long time since I have seen these), Skittles Blenders, Wild Berry, Tropical and now Darkside.  The Darkside Skittles are the traditional chewy candy with a mix of mysterious, dark fruit flavors.  There are five different flavors in the bag:

  • Pomegranate
  • Dark Berry
  • Midnight Lime
  • Forbidden Fruit
  • Blood Orange

This new variety is a nice twist on an old classic, but my heart still lies with the Original version with the classic flavors:

  • Orange
  • Lime
  • Grape
  • Strawberry
  • Lemon

Do you remember when they replaced the Lime with Green Apple?  I remember they ran a campaign where you could vote online to have them bring back Lime.  I was very upset that they messed with the Original line-up.

Of course the main reason why Skittles still make me smile and cheer me up is:


How do you argue with that?  They are one of the first mainstream candy brands to put “gluten-free” on their label.  I remember the first time I saw those words when I turned a bag over many years ago and did a little dance in the candy aisle of the grocery store.

Do you like Skittles?  They aren’t just for kids, you know.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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