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In honor of National Mustard Day on August 5th, Skittles and French’s Mustard have teamed up to release the most interesting candy flavor of the year: the first-ever mustard-flavored Skittles. This limited-edition flavor will be available for a limited time, so read below for everything people are saying about the unique flavor and what you need to do if you want to try it.
What is National Mustard Day?
National Mustard Day is celebrated in the U.S. every year on the first Saturday in August. The National Mustard Museum started the holiday in honor of one of the world’s most popular condiments. Guests who visit the National Mustard Museum on this special day can enjoy a wide variety of mustard-related games and even try a free hot dog and mustard sampling.
What are people saying about mustard-flavored Skittles?
People seem to be split about whether mustard-flavored Skittles are a revelation or an abomination. Some fans expressed their excitement to try the new flavor, while some seemed skeptical about the combination. One user said on Twitter, “This is absolutely disgusting, rancid, and wrong. Hey @Skittles, how can I get them.” That seems to sum up the general sentiment.
Where can you try mustard-flavored Skittles?
Sadly, it’s too late to try these limited-edition tangy Skittles. French’s ran a promotion through their website leading up to August 5th that let fans enter for a chance to win a free pack, and in-person pop-up events ran in Atlanta, Washington D.C., and New York City throughout the week of National Mustard Day. Is this a flavor that should return in the future?
Where did mustard come from?
Mustard has been one of the most used spices in the world for hundreds of years. In ancient Egypt, mustard was used for medicinal purposes as well as a flavoring for food. The ancient Greeks and Romans followed suit, using mustard in many of the same ways. Mustard eventually arrived in Northern France, where it was cultivated by local monks.
The word ‘mustard’ actually came about in France in the 9th century, and is derived from the word ‘mosto,’ a type of unfermented wine that hasn’t matured and was mixed with mustard seeds by the French monks. Monasteries started producing large amounts of mustard during this time, from which they generated even larger amounts of income through sales. Prepared mustard, or modern mustard as we know it, was created in Dijon, France in the 13th century.
What are some other unusual Skittles flavors?
This isn’t the first time Skittles has released some unusual flavors: in 2018, they released a limited-edition ‘Sweet Heat’ package in the United Kingdom, which included sweet and spicy flavors. The package included purple “Picante Passion Fruit,” red “Sizzlin’ Strawberry,” yellow “Lemon Spark,” pink “Fiery Watermelon,” and orange “Scorchin’ Pineapple” flavored candies.
As a promotion during Halloween 2019, Skittles sold Halloween-themed Skittles in a variety of spooky flavors like “Mummified Melon” and “Boogeyman Blackberry.’” As a surprise, some of the candies in each package were secretly a disgusting “Rotten Zombie” flavor in a random color so they’d mix in with the other Skittles.