Cauldron Skittles - Target Halloween $2.49
It's finally Halloween! I'm going to savor every delicious moment of it. I've got a bunch of written posts going up throughout the day and 3 different YouTube video reviews! So be sure to check back periodically to see what spooky goodies I've scrounged up.
It's like Trick-or-Treating, but online, and none of you get to eat the candy. Actually, two of you can! I have my giveaway going on from now until 11:59PM TONIGHT (10/31/16.) On November 2nd I'll announce the winners, so be sure to enter, you've still got time left!
While you're busy entering the contest, I'm going to start munching on some spooky seasonal Skittles.
When these were first announced I was super hype about them. I'm a sucker for all things Halloween, and instead of releasing normal Skittles in a spooky-themed bag, they actually made a witch-y themed mix just for the occasion! "Cauldron" Skittles? I mean, come on. That's an awesome name. We've got a bright orange bag with a cauldron filled with rainbow goodness bubbling away at the bottom. It's a little more understated than other novelty Halloween mixes and products, but I like it. It's playful enough to blend in with the holiday-specific sweets, but generic enough to let it be sold after the holiday passes as a normal limited edition Skittles mix. (I'm guessing that it's a limited run, but the bag doesn't say anything about it.)
Inside there are 5 different flavors, but the majority of those flavors are repeats...and this is where the disappointment settled in.
Gripping Grape (purple) - It's grape, just like in the normal mix. It's sweet, and a little raisin-like, with a hint of artificial concord grape juice. Nothing to see here, but what's with the name? Were "Ghastly-Grape" or "Ghostly-Grape" already taken?
Lurking Lemon (yellow) - Again?! Even though the name is adorable, this is just a plain lemon Skittle, and it tastes exactly the same as the ones in the original mix. It's tart, but sweet, and tangy. I love lemon Skittles, but I was expecting this mix to have more originality.
Twisted Tangerine (orange) - Well, this is kind of different. Instead of normal orange we get Tangerine, which is a bit sweeter, less zesty, and brighter than classic orange. It's not a huge difference, but I like it. It reminds me of Ecto-Cooler, but these days anything citrus-flavored and Halloween themed seems to do that.
Petrified Pear (green) - FINALLY! A new freaking flavor! This was the most refreshing and interesting flavor in this mix, although it has a tartness that is reminiscent of the classic lime Skittle, it has a distinctly pear-like flavoring to it that is perfect for fall. We rarely ever see pear flavored candies, and I really enjoyed it's inclusion in this mix. Sweet, earthy, tangy and a little overripe. I dig it!
Boogey Berry (blue) - It has hints of blackberry and raspberry, but it's a fairly generic artificial beery flavor that I don't enjoy all that much. Which is a shame because it's one of the only truly new and original flavors in this mix. Easily my least favorite of the five.
I was really excited for this mix. It has a cool name, and it's tied to my favorite holiday of all time, Halloween! Sadly, the majority of these flavors are slight variations or flat-out copies of flavors from the original mix. Which is a bummer. If all they were going to do is copy previous flavors they could have revived the candy apple and red licorice Skittles from the Carnival mix, I would have been over the moon!
Even with the lack of creativity, these were still really snackable. My b/f and I nearly polished off the bag last night while we were watching CLUE (a Halloween must), but I really want to see Skittles break the mold and stop playing it so safe. This new pear flavor is a step in the right direction. I'd really like to see new and unexplored flavors next year.
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