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Skittles Has A New Flavor That Tastes Gross On Purpose

Halloween seems to come earlier every year with product roll outs, and this year Skittles is one of its earliest contributors. They recently launched their new Zombie Skittles, a new pack that comes with five normal fruit flavors: Petrifying Citrus Punch, Mummified Melon, Chilling Black Cherry, Boogeyman Blackberry, and Blood Red Berry — and one Rotten Zombie flavor that’s described by the brand as “repulsive.”

The kicker? The Rotten Zombie-flavored candies are indistinguishable from the regular ones. So think of it as a landmine of horrid hidden amongst the delicious flavors. 

“Dare to try?” the package asks, in what I imagine to be the voice from a 90’s Goosebumps advert.

I dared.

According to a Food and Wine report, a Skittles representative claimed the flavor changes according to one’s palate. It’s hard to nail down, but for me, the zombie flavor tastes like rotten egg drenched in garlic juice.

It’s truly awful, just as repulsive as the brand claims.

The anxiety I got reaching into the bag was reminiscent of the feeling I got when eating those Jelly Belly BeanBoozled candies where each normal flavor had a gross counterpart. A sense of dread that was either disappointingly confirmed or thankfully extinguished. Peach or Barf? Juicy Pear or Booger? Blood Red Berry or Rotten Zombie? 

Why does something that’s supposed to be fun and sweet bring out our inner masochist? Maybe it makes the good flavors that much better. Maybe companies just want people to react. After all, this pack of Skittles comes with its own hashtag, #DareTheRainbow, for everyone to use on their inevitable reaction videos. 

Either way, I’d like to wash the taste of a zombie away from my corrupted palate.

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We Tried The Most Disgusting Jelly Beans In The World [Unboxed]

You know it’s going to be a great day at your food writing gig when the video crew asks you to eat some jelly beans on camera. However, I quickly discovered that all jelly beans are not created equal.

In this episode of Unboxed, Rudy and I paid homage to former President Ronald Reagan, who apparently had quite an affinity for Jelly Belly Jelly Beans. In fact, more than 3 tons of Jelly Belly’s were sent to the White House for Reagan’s inauguration party in 1981.

The object of Jelly Belly’s BeanBoozled game is to basically humiliate yourself, while trying really hard not to vomit all over everything.

I don’t care what political affiliation you represent, no one should have to endure treatment like this, nor should anyone want to eat jelly beans that mimic flavors of dead fish, moldy cheese or toothpaste.

Rudy did a really good job explaining the rules:

“Okay, so let’s say there’s two white ones, one tastes like something horrible, and one tastes awesome.”

Going into this challenge, I had no idea what I was about to get into. There is nothing that can prepare you for the scent and flavor of dead fish slowly oozing out of a chewy candy shell. Nothing.

There’s also a little flimsy spinner, which you use to determine your foul-tasting fate. Our first spin landed on toothpaste, which wasn’t that bad, but immediately afterward made me think if I should actually be eating toothpaste.

As this challenge progressed, the more and more nauseous I became. Look at the difference between before and during this challenge.

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It didn’t take much to push me over the edge. Anyone that knows me personally, is pretty aware that I don’t really like fish, and the second jelly bean we ate was dead fish.

Although I didn’t ingest the awful tasting candies, the aftertaste was enough to keep me sick to my stomach the rest of the afternoon.

However, after completing this challenge, I plan on buying some of these jelly beans, not telling anyone about their foul nature and leaving them in a highly trafficked common area, where I can watch people helplessly shove a few in their mouth.

You’ve been warned.