Monday, January 12, 2009

Skittles Crazy Cores

imageSkittles Crazy Cores were announced late last year and have been on shelves for at least a month. I was lucky enough to find some at a convenience store in Studio City while I was refueling my car yesterday.

The orange package fits in perfectly with the current array of Skittles but sports one of Mars’ new features, front of package nutritional labeling.

It says right on the front what’s inside. You’re gonna get 230 calories per pack, that’s 12% of your daily caloric intake.

I don’t know if that makes it a good value for 99 cents or not. (Actually, I do know that it’s not a very good nutritional value.)


Crazy Cores are two flavors in each Skittle, and the centers are even colored.

imageMango & Peach - is a pleasant creamy light orange color on the outside and a peachy color on the inside.

I don’t know what the layering on this was as I often find peach flavor and mango flavor rather similar. The coating, I belive, is peach and the center is a bit more peppery which would make it mango.

I love fresh peaches and mangoes, but I’ve never been a big fan of the candy flavors that come from them. These are no different. I didn’t avoid them, but they’re not a color I’d pick out for initial eating.

An odd note, I found the center of all of these to be rather hard, harder than a fresh Skittle should be.

imageBlue Raspberry & Lemon

Sadly I only got four of these blue beauties in my package. I usually eat blue things last as they’re often punch flavors. In this case it’s just a blue colored raspberry which is fine with me. The soft floral outside went really well with the tangy citrus chew of the inside. Kind of like a raspberry lemonade.

imageMelon Berry

This was another one of those odd colors that Skittles sometimes end up. It’s mauve or maybe raspberries & cream.

It sounded pretty bad to me, but then again, I actually eat fresh melons and berries together all the time, so it’s not like this idea is so far fetched.

The outside is a soft watermelon flavor, rather like a Jolly Rancher. Inside it’s more tangy and also rather melon tasting with a little bit of a strawberry flavor.

imageStrawberry Watermelon

At this point I was wondering which flavor was supposed to be on the outside, not that it should really matter. As with the Melon Berry, Watermelon Strawberry is a natural combo with fresh fruit.

It has a very strong artificial flavor component, but overall I was pleased with the fake watermelon and passable Strawberry Starburst flavor.

imageCherry Lemonade

I thought I could make a go of this one, but the cherry was very much like cough medicine and not like Lifesavers. The lemonade was missing that good citrus burst & tangy component so it was a total loss.

Here’s the deal, there are five different Skittles here, each a combo of two flavors. But the number of flavors represented isn’t ten, it’s only seven (maybe eight, depending on how you categorize melon & watermelon as distinct flavors).

1. Lemon & Lemonade
2. Cherry
3. Mango
4. Peach
5. Blue Raspberry & Berry
6. Watermelon & Melon
7. Strawberry

I didn’t think I could be more disappointed in a package of Skittles since the Chocolate Mix ones came out in 2007. But these are just dreadful. There are some great fruit flavors out there that could have been combined to great effect. Instead it’s far too much in the melon & peach family, which will probably make some candy lovers very happy and I wish them all the best with these.

Odd note: gelatin is not listed in the ingredients. In fact, the wrapper now says “Gluten-Free, Gelatin-Free.”

I bought two packages and will now find someone who will eat the second one. (And I still have some Carnival Skittles left, so I’ll eat those instead.)

I’m going to say it one more time. Mars, make Citrus Mix Skittles: tangerine, meyer lemon, key lime, sweet orange & pink grapefruit.

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Name: Skittles Crazy Cores
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: 76 - (Laurel Canyon - Studio City)
Price: $.99
Size: 2 ounces
Calories per ounce: 115
Categories: Chew, United States, Mars

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  1. I totally champion your cause of citrus skittles.

    Comment by Robby on 1/12/09 at 1:30 pm #
  2. Sera's avatar

    Out for a month now? I just found these today! What timing….

    Comment by Sera on 1/12/09 at 2:29 pm #
  3. That citrus mix sounds awesome! I would definitely buy that mix if they made it.

    Comment by kelly on 1/12/09 at 5:52 pm #
  4. bettyfelon's avatar

    The chocolate mix Skittle have been discontinued from the store I work in,I’m not sure if that means the store won’t be selling them anymore or if they
    re not going to be made anymore

    these new skittles I haven’t seen, but hey, maybe the chocolate ones are going away so these can take it’s place

    Comment by bettyfelon on 1/12/09 at 8:43 pm #
  5. I actually liked these a lot, but I got that last bag at my school’s convience store and I haven’t seen them anywhere since. Anything is better than the chocolate skittles.

    Comment by Olivia on 1/12/09 at 8:58 pm #
  6. I bought some of these last week…  I still have half the package in my desk drawer because I didn’t like them.  I also disliked the Chocolate Skittles…

    Comment by Amie on 1/13/09 at 5:04 am #
  7. Agreed! Bring on the citrus mix Skittles!

    Comment by Cocoazilla on 1/13/09 at 5:40 am #
  8. We love the crazy core skittles.  Never had anything better.

    Comment by Ashley on 1/16/09 at 6:50 am #
  9. me and my kids love the crazy cores they are the best damn candy i have ever had in a long time please seen them to okeechobee fl none of the stores here carrie them i go to st.peterburg fl every weekend to by them 4 bags at a time but the chocolate skittles are nasty

    Comment by keosha on 1/21/09 at 12:11 pm #

    Comment by Jenn and Kimmy on 1/21/09 at 6:59 pm #
  11. these are good! I got them at the Walmart by my house (grayson, ga) for $0.88. These have to be the best skittles! I think you may have gotten a bad bag because my skittles were soft and chewy.

    Comment by Mike L. on 1/23/09 at 8:18 am #

    Comment by Viri on 2/01/09 at 6:47 am #
  13. I have never heard of these skittles before, but I would love to try them.

    Comment by Sonja on 2/01/09 at 10:48 am #
  14. I find these in a Walmart store and they are the best of all the skittles, and yes the chocolate skittles are very nasty.

    Comment by Katrina on 2/04/09 at 1:46 pm #
  15. Chocolate skittles never did sound very good to me. I’ve never been interested in trying them.

    Comment by Sonja on 2/05/09 at 7:37 am #
  16. I heard about these from a friend and was very excited. Im vegan and don’t eat gelatin and have been missing skittles for about six years. The flavors were a little strong. but like i said when i heard about them…WHAT!? YES!!!

    Comment by Chris on 2/11/09 at 5:51 pm #
  17. These are awesome, especially for those vegetarians out there, this is the only skittles product I know of that do not have Gelatin….I think these taste great and would love for Mars to come out with more Gelatin free products. I would suggest any vegetarian out there to try it out, I picked up my packet for 80 cents at Walgreens.

    Comment by Sima on 2/16/09 at 5:13 am #
  18. i got 7 blue crazy cores. Red is pretty dec too.

    Comment by Nathan on 2/24/09 at 6:02 am #
  19. These are the fricken best skittles ever!! i think the dude that rated them benign is a total douche bag. It’s like mixing the best of starburst and the best of skittles and and creating a flavor explosion in your mouth!

    Comment by Allie on 3/01/09 at 10:00 am #
  20. Cybele's avatar

    I think Allie needs to learn some reading skills. There is no “dude” at Candy Blog. And I don’t think that insults are appropriate for simple candy preferences.

    Comment by Cybele on 3/01/09 at 10:06 am #
  21. OMG, truer words were NEVER spoken. Crazy core Skittles are HORRIBLE.

    Comment by The Candy Snob on 3/06/09 at 2:51 am #
  22. I just discovered Skittles Crazy Cores last week.  They are the BEST Skittles I have ever tasted!  I am going nuts over how much I like them.

    Comment by Josh on 3/06/09 at 10:21 am #
  23. Wow, it seems like everyone either loved or hated them.  I have to say, I CANNOT BELIEVE how anyone who likes regular skittles could not like these?!?!?  They take it up a notch- they are all amazing.  They are the only skittles that don’t have that one nasty flavor that needs to be avoided. 

    I would also like to note that the gelatin-free thing really isn’t that weird.  If you were paying close enough attention, the more recent releases of skittles have been without gelatin (which was a blessing/curse for me because I had been “off” skittles for a year because of it) including the Chocolate mix, which weren’t labeled the same, but they do not have gelatin as an ingredient either.

    I have to say though, I seriously have to question your judgment, saying these are worse than the chocolate mix?!?!?  And I’m shocked that a true candy-fiend does not love that cherry medicine candy taste.

    Comment by J on 3/07/09 at 5:23 pm #
  24. i love these i heard about them from mt
    y mom and sence then i have been eating them every day man i probubly spent 1000 dollars on them yum

    Comment by kristen moser on 3/18/09 at 6:18 am #
  25. Crazy Core Skittles are the Bees Knees.

    Comment by SKITTLE MEISTER on 3/29/09 at 4:07 pm #
  26. um theyre awesome

    Comment by a on 4/08/09 at 3:55 pm #
  27. look at this guy judging a pack of candy like it actually matters! what a giant [deleted by admin]! i hope he realizes his hobby is useless and he has terrible taste because these skittles are great

    Comment by the sk33tle man on 4/14/09 at 4:25 pm #
  28. Cybele's avatar

    Oh, the sk33tle man, you are so funny. Here you are, trying to make the point that writing about useless this post is, yet it has hosted your opinion ... where you took more than 20 minutes of your life browsing my site.

    (And I’m very sorry that you are unable to recognize names, as I am a woman. Your abusive comments have been edited out because even I will not give you the forum for your hatespeech.)

    Comment by Cybele on 4/14/09 at 4:29 pm #
  29. Also, it is her opinion! Not everyone has to like them. ( VERY sorry for the language on last post!!)

    Comment by Riel on 4/26/09 at 4:01 pm #
  30. I liked them!  I was worried about the cherry lemonade flavor, because cherry is my favorite flavor and lemon is my least favorite, but they were surprisingly good.  And gelatin free, yippee!  :D I’m a vegetarian.

    Comment by Rita on 5/05/09 at 12:50 pm #
  31. I thought these were the best skittles I’ve ever tried (even better than original skittles).  My girlfriend felt the same way.  Some people REALLY seem to dig these.

    Comment by jjok on 5/11/09 at 3:57 am #
    VVEEEEEEEEEE skittles. im doing my reprot on them and i relly need some facts so if u have any PLZ put them on the comment list

    Comment by kayla on 5/14/09 at 2:05 pm #
  33. i luv the sour ones best these r awsome though.

    Comment by candy on 5/20/09 at 3:23 pm #

    Comment by BreAunna on 5/27/09 at 7:39 am #
  35. Hey do you think they will come out with sour crazy core skittles.

    Comment by Carlene Howell on 6/02/09 at 7:22 am #
  36. i loves these skittles they are my favorite ones i would be really disappointed if they took these off the market!

    Comment by ashley on 6/10/09 at 11:35 am #
  37. I think they should make cookie flavored skittles!

    Comment by Princess Adeleine on 6/12/09 at 2:36 pm #
  38. I recently tried these Crazy Core Skittles for the first time two weeks ago, it was amazing. Never had I tasted a Skittle that was so good, let alone the whole bag. I’m not a big fan of Skittles, but I knew I had to give these a chance. I’m really glad I did, they are easily my number one favorite candy at this moment in my life. It’s actually kind of shocking that some disagree and think poorly of this little candy, but everyone has their opinions. I bought at 24 pack at Sam’s Club, I’m addicted to its sugary coat of goodness and delightful insides. As for the chocolate Skittles, never even crossed my mind to try them. Just the thought of chocolate Skittles makes me cringe. Anyway, I think highly of this candy and I’m really glad they came out with these. Cheers. :]

    Comment by Gabrielle on 6/19/09 at 7:29 am #
  39. I think these were great! Tasty and yummy. Plus for us Vegans we miss candy, Comercialized candy that is. Most candies have icky gelatin in them. I applaud Mars for finally taking nasty animal bones out some of their candy. Now if they’d just take it out of all of them!

    Comment by Holly on 7/20/09 at 2:37 pm #
  40. Respectfully I have to disagree with your opinion on these new skittles.  I love all skittles whether it be tropical sour original and others but I love these crazy cores especially.  How I am with skittles I will literally eat a style until I cant eat them anymore because I am bored of a taste and at this point I switch to another style.  That being said, I now start with crazy cores and the others are my backups.  Sure they could use a little tweeking I agree with you there but other than that I love em.

    Comment by zach on 8/27/09 at 7:54 pm #
  41. These things are the bomb!  Who analyzes candy like this????

    Comment by Dick L on 9/08/09 at 9:35 am #
  42. So, I finally tried Skittles Candy Cores and they were A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. They remind me of Starburst b/c they are so juicy and delicious! My favorite Skittles yet.

    Comment by Sonja on 9/15/09 at 8:54 am #
  43. found this candy for the first time today. needed some wake-up sugar while here at work and to my splendid surprise, they had finally put skittles in the vending machine. up until today, i’d only seen runts and chewable runts. meh.. anyway, i’ve always loved skittles and these one are superb! i’m not a fan of sour so the regular lemon skittles were always my least favorite. i can’t seem to find a least favorite among this bag. love’em. and great site btw!

    Comment by jeremx on 10/06/09 at 11:33 am #
  44. followup.. probably my 4th bag from the vending machine since first posting.. decided to post the breakdown since you had mentioned how few blue ones you got in your bag.. i keep getting a ton in mine.

    for example:

    strawberry watermelon (green) 7
    melon berry (pinkish) 10
    mango peach (light orange) 10
    cherry lemonade (red) 11
    blue raspberry (blue) 17!


    Comment by jeremx on 10/11/09 at 12:55 pm #
  45. They have citrus skittles now!

    Comment by Karen on 10/16/09 at 2:43 am #
  46. I thought these tasted good, but is it just me, or are they a lot more grainy than regular Skittles? I’ve had them twice and both times they completely rubbed my mouth raw. I ate a lot of them this time so I got a sore or two, also. And many good candies do that, but these ones destroyed me. :(

    Comment by Abagail on 2/21/10 at 3:55 pm #
  47. I really like candy alot. They call me candy gurl for a reason.

    Comment by Sana on 5/03/10 at 3:59 pm #
  48. I was surprised by this review - I am a candyaholic and the crazy core skittles are among my favorite candies.

    On a side note, there is a citrus skittles mix available in Australia, where I am currently traveling.

    Comment by Stephanie on 5/22/10 at 8:26 pm #
    i brought i big bag @ target that was clearance its was under 2bucks the whole bag!

    Love them!

    Comment by CandyLove on 6/13/10 at 6:17 pm #

    Comment by jtm97 on 7/09/10 at 10:35 am #
  51. Love the Cherry Lemonade and the Blue Raspberry & Lemon.  Seems I’d be a fan of the citrus flavored ones too.

    Comment by crazy-core-combo on 7/11/10 at 7:01 pm #
  52. you’re crazy, these are the best flavor ever! crazy cores is the only type i buy now, if they’re available! love the comments though, on all flavors!

    Comment by SKITTLES FAN! on 10/08/10 at 4:27 pm #
  53. Got a couple bags for free.  Oddly enough, I thought they were meh, but my husband really really likes them.  Glad they won’t be wasted.

    Comment by Miss Jay on 10/09/10 at 2:20 pm #
  54. hahaha i love this website!!!!~!!!!!!~!!!!~!!~!!!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by bobby jasck on 10/20/10 at 7:45 am #
  55. I love these skittles, they totally rock my taste buds, all but the melon berry since the berry is a bland flavor.

    Comment by Robin Stachnik on 1/17/11 at 7:47 pm #
  56. I have to disagree the worse skittles I have ever had are the fizzie ones, blak. I actually love these. My daughter has a lot of food allergies and skittles is on of the few candys she can have. So we buy the Sam size pack of them LOL

    Comment by Katy on 1/26/11 at 6:55 am #
  57. These are definintley the best skittles

    Comment by bt on 3/22/11 at 2:49 pm #
  58. i brought 2 packs of these yesterday because ive never seen them before, they were terrible, my friend and i tipped them into a bag and sorted the 2 packs out so i had pink and green and she had orange, red and blue because i couldnt stand the taste of those flavours it tasted like sweet fruits and mint (not a good mix at all!) but the green and pink were nice

    Comment by tash on 6/24/11 at 7:30 pm #
  59. The crazy core skittles are awesome!!!

    Comment by chelle on 12/12/11 at 12:07 pm #
  60. MMmmmm i just had these today in the UK! and they are YUM-A-LISHIOUS!! i had a big bag all to myself, all of them together in the mouth are amazinggg! And THANK YOU skittles for making them GELATIN free!! woohoo! smile xxx

    Comment by Aisha LUVS SKITTLES <3 on 12/14/11 at 6:26 am #
  61. At 75 cents a bag at Doller General, I think I understand how popular these really are.  The melon flavor is truly horrible, vaguely reminiscent of some medicine I used to take as a child for pinworms.  Did they go to the pharmacy to get this flavor?  Blue is exceptional.

    Comment by aurum79 on 7/21/12 at 2:10 pm #
  62. a few years ago me and my stepsister ate a huge bag of these. Let’s just say we were vomiting rainbows for the next week. Whenever we are out buying groceries and we see a bag of these we burst out laughing and then run in the opposite direction.

    Comment by Emma on 10/28/12 at 8:39 pm #
  63. Where are the ingredients though.

    Comment by Anna Wilson on 1/30/14 at 7:00 pm #
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