Here's Why Lime Skittles Are Better Than Green Apple Skittles

Skittles are one of the most iconic candies of all time. Similar in appearance to M&Ms, they serve as a fruity alternative to their classic chocolate counterpart. Released in 1974 and first made available in North America in 1979, Skittles get their name from an old European lawn and pub game of the same name, a more modern equivalent of which would be bowling. They are called such due to the resemblance the candies have to the balls used in the game. The original flavors of Skittles were grape, strawberry, lemon, orange, and lime (their colors being purple, red, yellow, orange, and green respectively).

The pub game, skittles

This brings us to the topic at hand. Back in 2013, the decision was made to change the flavor of the green Skittle from lime to green apple. The change flew somewhat under the radar at first, but over the last couple of years, the internet has been in a heated debate on the flavor change.

Now, Skittles are no stranger to controversy. For many years now, the candy brand has had the masses dropping their jaws and scratching their heads with some odd, far out, and confusing commercials. They can range anywhere from funny to just flat out disturbing.

Most company websites in their "our story" section would feature a brief company history. However, Skittles' official website features a tongue-and-cheek tale that implies that the origins of Skittles can be dated as far back as 208 million years ago, with the splitting of Pangea by a powerful and prismatic rainbow. Yes, I'm serious.

They've also enjoyed being in the spotlight with big endorsement deals, most notably with legendary former NFL running back, Marshawn Lynch.

So, it should be no surprise that a change to one of their original flavors has caused an uproar recently. For months, fans of lime Skittles began bombarding the comment section of any and all official Skittles social media posts, demanding a return to the original flavor lineup. They were met with heavy resistance at first by fans of the change, we’ll call them “Green Applers”. Skittles social media managers even began to feed into the debate, at some point even chiding the authors of pro-lime comments with displeased emojis and rebuttals. However after months of back and forth, the Lime Loyalists would no longer be ignored, and Skittles gave the clamoring mob what they wanted.

Back in September of 2021, Skittles announced that not only would they be releasing packs of All-Lime Skittles, but that lime would also be retaking its rightful place in the original pack, replacing the incumbent green apple. While this overjoyed the fans of lime, complaints from the fans of green apple were already flooding the internet before the first pack was even off the conveyor belt.

The lime versus green apple war is a contentious and vicious cycle. That’s why I'm here to put it to bed once and for all, by explaining why lime is superior to green apple in a pack of Skittles, and why the flavor should never change again. The main reason lies in the flavor profile of Skittles as a pack. While each flavor can be enjoyed individually, one at a time, piece by piece, many people consume several Skittles at a time. The five current (and original) flavors have a perfectly crafted balance of sweet, tart, and sour. Grape & strawberry are on the sweeter side, lemon and lime are on the sour side, with orange being the medium between both extremes with its semi-sweet tartness.

Green apple is also a semi-sweet tart flavor, not to be confused with a more bitter "sour apple" flavor. When green apple was in the mix, the ratios of flavors in the whole pack became all out of whack, having more notes of sweetness in it than ever before. Skittles has always differentiated itself from other candies with its complexity of flavors, never being as sweet as say, gummy bears, but also not nearly as sour as candies such as Warheads.

The return to lime has brought balance to the whole pack like Luke Skywalker brought balance to the force. The green apple fans will surely chirp for a while longer, but twenty years from now, we will look back on the 8 year green apple era as a temporary dark blip in the otherwise colorful history of Skittles.

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