Thursday, September 28, 2006

Skittles Fresh Mint

imageThis isn’t the first time Skittles has introduced a mint assortment. They did it back in 2002 (if I recall correctly) and sold them in little plastic containers instead of the normal bags and charged twice as much for half the amount of product. I tried them, and actually liked them, but just couldn’t pony up a dollar for a little box.

This is where buying stuff at the 99 Cent Only Store gets me into trouble. I don’t know if this is a leftover from 2002 or they’re reintroducing the Fresh Mint Skittles. They seem pretty fresh (if someone knows how to decode the batch numbers, please help me figure out what 349BX3 means). They come in five flavors - white, green, aqua, turquoise and light green.


White - tastes like a mint combo of spearmint and peppermint. Like toothpaste.

Green - tastes like toothpaste

Aqua - tastes like toothpaste

Turquoise - tastes like toothpaste

Light Green - wait, this might be wintergreen.

As a chewy mint, they’re fun and refreshing. If they’re different flavors, they’ve done a great job of making sure that none is too distinct so that you can’t combine them instead of picking through the flavors.

I’d actually buy these again. They’re pretty and very agreeable for most purposes. I’ll probably put them in a dish on my desk - a good little pick me up throughout the day. They’re the first Skittles you can eat with your morning coffee (well, I suppose you could have the Ice Cream ones, if you wanted to start the day wrong). If they’re four years old, I have to say they keep really well. I suspect it’s possible because the nutrition label doesn’t mention trans fat content as they’re now required to. Yeah, I’m gonna guess that they don’t make these anymore.

The package advertises that they’re only 5 calories per piece.

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Name: Fresh Mint Skittles
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Skittles (Mars)
Place Purchased: 99 Cent Only Store
Price: $.99
Size: 5.2 ounces
Calories per ounce: 113
Categories: Chew, Mint, United States, Mars

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:15 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. lol flavor descriptions. 

    i liked these a few years ago. weren’t they shades of blue?  i liked the white the best too.  the whites were vanilla mint, i thought.

    Comment by rachel b. on 9/28/06 at 6:54 am #
  2. I remember these!  I remember liking them too, but I think the different flavors were distinct.  Maybe they melded after sitting for so long?

    Comment by April on 9/28/06 at 6:58 am #
  3. I’m trying to figure out why starting my day with the ice cream ones would be “wrong.”

    (Oooh! My secret code word was “death”!!!)

    Comment by Russ on 9/28/06 at 8:41 am #
  4. |Rachel B.|, I think you are remembering the more pepperminty tinged variety of mint skittles.  That type came in shades of blue as opposed to these green, wintergreeny/spearminty ones.  I don’t know if I ever tried those.

    |Russ!|  My secret code word was death, too!

    Comment by Jesse on 9/28/06 at 9:33 am #
  5. I remember that in 2002 by brother and I were OBSESSED with these. They don’t look quite so tempting now haha

    Comment by Mariana on 9/28/06 at 9:51 am #
  6. I love how you described the flavours!

    Comment by Helen on 9/28/06 at 12:35 pm #
  7. Yuck.  Your description is perfect; the rating, not so much.

    Comment by Dave on 9/28/06 at 2:11 pm #
  8. Found this on a Vendtalk webpage.

    “Mars:  It is a pack date code and is the first 3 digits of the code.  The first digit is the year and the next 2 are the week of that year….Mars products are fresh for 47 weeks under good conditions.”

    That would mean that yous were made in late November or early December of 2003 and are decidedly outside of 47 weeks.

    For the record, here are the other tidbits of info (I’ll not edit out any “current” date references like the last one.

    Hershey:  at the end of the code is a number and letter.  The number represents the year and the letter a month.  The months are represented by the first 12 letters of the alphabet.  By the way, it is a freshness code.  So if a product was to run out of its code in January 2004, the 2 letter code would be 4A.  4C would be March 2004.

    Nestle’s has a Julian code and is the first 4 digits of the code.  it is also a pack date.  So candy that they have produced today would be coded 3189 as the first 4 digits of their code.  A representative of the company has told me that under good conditions their candy is good for a year.

    Comment by Dave on 9/28/06 at 2:20 pm #
  9. I got some goobers at a dollar store and they were a bit old.

    Comment by claudia on 9/28/06 at 2:58 pm #
  10. I liked these skittles too and wondered why they stopped selling them. I remember not liking the light green one because it gave a weird after taste..plant-like almost. And I liked the green mint skittles better than the blue ones! =)

    Comment by Christine on 9/28/06 at 8:48 pm #
  11. i really liked the blue mint ones.  i tried these & they were too green or something!  you almost always like the original anything better than the remake.

    Comment by anne on 9/29/06 at 11:02 am #
  12. Cybele's avatar

    Dave! That key to the codes is awesome!

    Rachel - maybe they were blue but the whole package has changed color inside and out becuase it’s SO OLD! I do detect a little vanilla in the white ones!

    April - they probably were distinct flavors, but as Dave has shown, they are very, very old and have probably bled into one.

    Mariana - I recall back then wanting them in a big bag and being frustrated with the little plastic tube too.

    claudia - I would be very scared of old nuts. Hard candies, eh, it’s just sugar. (But of course I keep buying chocolate and nut candies at the 99 Cent Store ... what sort of lesson do I need to learn?)

    anne - I heard they made a licorice/mint version in Europe a few years back too!

    Comment by Cybele on 9/29/06 at 2:21 pm #
  13. so explain to me why it’s okay to eat toothpaste flavored candy with your morning coffee, but not fruit flavored candy? maybe i’m missing it b/c i don’t drink coffee… :*)

    Comment by Tricia on 9/30/06 at 5:47 am #
  14. As a big fan of the blue mint variety when they were on the market (I just threw a case of them out while cleaning), I recall that there was also a green mint variety.  As you might have guessed, I found the blue one to be much better.  I’m pretty sure you just had the green pack, not that a blue pack changed colors and flavors after years on the shelf.

    I’ll echo any call for bringing these back in a limited run.

    Comment by J on 10/02/06 at 12:17 pm #
  15. hey can you put a word search on here about skittles??please and thanks!!

    Comment by Ashlyn McCartney on 10/17/06 at 6:21 am #
  16. I think they must be reintroducing them. I’m glad because I used to LOVE mint skittles. I’ll have to see if I can find them when I get back to the states.

    Comment by David English on 1/19/07 at 7:53 pm #
  17. i think these are better because if its time to kiss some one these are good to use!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Isabella Quintero on 3/14/07 at 9:57 am #
  18. i wish it were a law that manufacturers had to put an actual expiration date on their products.

    trying to figure out how old something is by a code like XG9H33TMNPPLRD9 isn’t easy, and certainly isn’t safe.

    if I can’t remember, or determine when, a product mysteriously showed up in my cupboards, i throw it in the trash. that can be wasteful if the product is still fresh!

    Comment by I Have Food Fears on 7/22/07 at 6:51 am #
  19. I liked these! I really wish they’d bring them back! Why were they discontinued? :(

    Comment by Celes on 9/02/07 at 3:18 pm #
  20. I also liked them a lot and would buy them again., Can anyone tell me where I can find some?

    Comment by Yvonne on 9/10/07 at 5:04 pm #
  21. I remember getting these almost every day at the DECA mart in high school.
    That and the fruit mentos.

    I do miss them, they were especially tasty.

    Comment by Whitney on 12/13/07 at 10:25 am #
  22. I picked up a package of these at the Dollar Tree and thought wow maybe I made a mistake buying them but after I opened the tube(think mini M&M;‘s tube but flatter) up and tried each one I truly liked them and now I wish I had bought more.

    Comment by MelBell on 6/25/08 at 5:01 pm #
  23. i live in England and am a huge skittles buyer so im used to buying online my favourite variety are definitely the mint ones they brought out in 2001 or something and i want to contact them because im addicted and need more smile

    Comment by Ade on 7/29/08 at 1:43 am #
  24. I had some today, I guess they are old, but they keep well. I LOVE THEM! I you find out if they are being reintroduced, please email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Comment by Ana on 9/28/08 at 5:52 pm #
  25. I think that all of them were Spearmint, just different colors.

    I remember buying these a long time ago and I was addicted to them too!

    Comment by Lacey on 11/21/08 at 1:03 pm #
  26. I am very pleased about crossing into your website. The descriptions are well worded. the picture are clear, and best of all, it’s a mouth full of sugar! I think you could brust your teeth with this, it could be called ” Skittles whitning”

    Comment by Princess Adeleine on 6/12/09 at 2:39 pm #
  27. how can we order the mint skittles

    Comment by melissa bailey on 4/18/10 at 2:16 pm #
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