The main ingredients in the original flavor of Skittles are sugar, corn syrup and hydrogenated palm kernel oil. There is also less than 2 percent citric acid, tapioca dextrin, modified corn starch, natural and artificial flavors, colors (red 40 lake, titanium dioxide, red 40, yellow 5 lake, yellow 5, yellow 6 lake, yellow 6, blue 2 lake, blue 1, blue 1 lake), sodium citrate and carnauba wax.
One serving of Skittles has 250 calories, including 2 1/2 grams of fat and 46 grams of sugar. The flavors of Skittles available are original, sour, wild berry, tropical, desserts and dark side.
Skittles was created by a British company and was first available in 1974. In 1979, the United States began importing Skittles. Skittles' slogan is "taste the rainbow," which was coined around 1994. Skittles are the most popular candy for teenagers and children in the United States, and second among chewy candies when both adults and children are included.
Skittles also introduced its own gum in 2004 and a smoothie mix in 2005. Other Skittles variations include Skittles Crazy Cores, which came out in 2009 and combined two different flavors in each Skittle, and Fizzl'd Fruits, a candy that fizzes in the mouth.