Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Skittles Orchards

DSC_8257rbIn the world of grouped things there are litters (kittens & puppies), packs (mules), troops (monkeys), prides (lions), passels (pigs), pods (whales & dolphins), scurries (squirrels), hives (bees) and orchards (fruit trees). So, Wrigley’s new variety mix is simply called Skittles Orchards since it contains Orange, Red Apple, Lime, Peach and Cherry flavors.

Right off the bat, I knew this wouldn’t have anything berry or pineapple ...

The package is a rich green color, so it was easy to spot on the shelf at the 7-11.


Red Apple is different from the new green apple that appears in the Original Fruits variety. It’s not as sour and has a more juice and peel type flavor that you might get from cider instead of a Jolly Rancher candy. The Red Apple flavor is the lighter of the two red colors in this mix ...why they couldn’t make it some other shade of red, I’m not certain because I kept getting it confused with the cherry at first glance.

Lime is, well, classic. It’s a little tart but mostly has the sweet and zesty notes of lime peel. I missed it.

Orange is rather sedate. There are a lot of juice flavors but it lacks a more powerful zest note that the lime has. This was an opportunity for Wrigley’s to put in something like Mandarin Orange or Tangerine ... instead they just threw in a flavor they already make.


Cherry is the darker red and I’m sure that lovers of the Starburst cherry are going to go nuts for this package of Skittles. I can’t tell if it’s actually different from the Wild Cherry that comes in the Wild Berry Skittles mix, but it is nice to see them putting Cherry into another mix.

Peach is disappointing, though I actually liked it. It’s a little tangy and has an immediate sort of balsam note to it, but it lacks that peachness. There more like a vague tropical punch flavor, which isn’t a bad thing.

As far as combining the flavors. Of course Orange and Lime went together, and Cherry and Lime went together. Peach and Orange were okay, but not stellar. And of course Red Apple was like the new Green Apple in the Fruits mix ... it just doesn’t combine well with anything but itself.

There’s nothing innovative about this packet of Skittles, but then again, that’s not what folks want. If that’s what they wanted, varieties like Chocolate Mix and Fizzl’d Fruits would have survived. Instead this mix delivers solid contenders for “I enjoy this flavor” though nothing that would scream, “I love this flavor.” That’s probably enough in the Skittles world where it’s about the variety, it’s all about the rainbow, it’s never about one color. I don’t think this version will survive long, Wrigley’s will move on to another mix up of other tried and true flavors that it’s done before within 18 months.

Just to clarify, there are at least 60 flavors that have been released in the US flavor mixes before. Here’s the list that I have (in alphabetical order): Banana Berry, Berry Punch, Blood Orange, Blue Raspberry-Lemon, Blueberry Tart, Brownie Batter, Bubble Gum, Candy Apple, Caramel Ripple, Cherry Tropicolada, Cherry-Lemonade, Chocolate, Chocolate Caramel, Chocolate Pudding, Cool Mint, Cotton Candy, Dark Berry, Forbidden Fruit, Grape, Green Apple, Green Slushy, Key Lime Pie, Kiwi Lime, Lemon, Lemon Berry, Lime, Mango Lemonade Freeze, Mango Tangelo, Mango-Peach, Melon Berry Burst, Midnight Lime, Mixed Berry, Orange, Orange Creme, Orange Mango, Peach Pear, Peppermint , Pineapple Passionfruit, Pomegranate, Punch, Raspberry, Raspberry Sorbet, Red Licorice, S’More, Sour Grape, Sour Green Apple, Sour Lemon, Sour Orange, Sour Strawberry, Spearmint, Strawberry, Strawberry Banana, Strawberry Lime Burst, Strawberry Milkshake, Strawberry Starfruit, Strawberry-Watermelon, Sweet Mint, Vanilla, Vanilla Swirl, Watermelon, Watermelon Green Apple Freeze, Wild Cherry, Wintergreen.

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Name: Skittles Orchards
Brand: Wrigley’s
Place Purchased: 7-11 (Silver Lake)
Price: $1.99
Size: 4 ounces
Calories per ounce: 115
Categories: Candy, Mars, Wrigley's, Chews, 6-Tempting, United States, 7-11

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  1. After 2 years, lime is finally back! But it’s in another mix…

    Here’s something you could try: Pick out all the greens in the original mix and put the lime greens from this mix in the original.

    Comment by Anonymous on 2/26/15 at 8:32 pm #
  2. Another idea for next years skittles: What if there was a Riddles volume 2?

    Colors: Dark green, teal, olive green, dark blue, purple

    Flavors: Lemon, lime, melon berry, pineapple, blueberry

    Comment by Anonymous on 2/26/15 at 8:37 pm #
  3. Ratings on each flavor
    Red Apple: 8/10
    Cherry: 8/10
    Orange: 9/10
    Peach: 9/10
    Lime: 10/10

    Comment by Anonymous on 2/28/15 at 12:51 pm #
  4. Why don’t they swap the lime back into the original skittle mix, and the green apple in the orchard mix.

    Comment by Babs on 3/28/15 at 5:52 am #
  5. Thepeach doesn’t taste like peach at all it doesn’t taste like much of anything. And this is the flavor I was looking forward to the most

    Comment by yourmom on 6/11/15 at 10:47 pm #
  6. I really don’t like the skittles orchards it’s the only skittles that I am not happy with. When you eat a big hand full at the same time it kinda tastes like some cheap dish soap…:(.  Big fan of the tropical & wild berry mix bag tho wink

    Comment by Naota on 8/05/15 at 6:31 am #
  7. I had some last night for the first time and I fell in lOVE. They are amazing

    Comment by April Tolliver on 11/01/15 at 2:14 pm #
  8. LIME FOUND!!!! this flavor needs to be put back into the original flavors. Green apple needs to go.

    Comment by Maggie on 11/03/15 at 9:19 am #
  9. I just had to find this post to comment that I figured out what the peach one actually tastes like.. PENICILLIN! Seriously!! Remember the pink drink version we had as kids? Same taste!!!

    Comment by LK on 3/21/16 at 3:15 am #
  10. Take that nasty green apple out of the original bag and put it in the orchard bag. Make the original bag ORIGINAL AGAIN…. BRING THE LIME BACK TO THE ORIGINAL MIX!!!!!

    Comment by JB on 4/02/16 at 2:58 pm #
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