It’s taken awhile, but spicy Skittles are finally here. Mars announced the new flavor back in May and, nearly a year later, they’re about to hit grocery store shelves nationwide. So get ready for your taste buds to experience massive confusion. The Sweet Heat mix contains five flavors: Sizzlin’ Strawberry, Fiery Watermelon, Flamin’ Orange, Lemon Spark, and Blazin’ Mango. Muy picante!
Skittles Sweet Heat, as the product is officially known, is the latest junk food to jump on the spicy-sweet candy combo bandwagon. Hot & Spicy Cinnamon Oreos hit stores in January, and Sour Patch Kids Fire are also supposedly on their way out soon. This is one trend that, for better or worse, doesn’t seem be dying down, so expect to see a lot of formerly sweet foods up their spice level in the year to come. Or you could just stick to regular old Skittles for your sugar rush. Nothing’s wrong with a classic.
And to usher in their arrival, Skittles asked football player Marshawn Lynch to visit a senior living community to get some honest opinions about these weird candies. Trust me, if my grandma is any indication, old folks never hold back! One lady opts to eat them one at a time because she’s so scared they’ll burn her throat. Another remarks, “It’s sweet then it sneaks up on you!” Some of their facial expressions are priceless too. One wide-eyed look says more than words ever will.
The whole thing is actually really cute. Lynch even joins in with the seniors’ daily activity schedule, going for power walks, playing pickle ball and puttering around in a golf cart. I’d watch a whole half hour of these shenanigans. Honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me if he got a TV deal out of this. You can watch the entire clip below.
Header image courtesy of Mars Inc.