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!

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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:

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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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