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  • Harry: From calorie count to portion sizes,

  • we wanted to find out all of the differences

  • between Skittles in the UK and the US.

  • This is "Food Wars."

  • In the UK, Skittles come in the following sizes.

  • Firstly, we have these 18-gram fun-size pouches.

  • Then we have these 45-gram bags.

  • Then we have a 125-gram bag of Skittles.

  • Next up is what I think is the most common size,

  • a 152-gram bag.

  • Then we have this one, a 350-gram More to Share bag.

  • Then we have our largest size, which is this one,

  • a 1-kilogram big-size share bag.

  • And in the US, our Skittles come in these sizes.

  • First one, the fun size, 10 grams.

  • We got the 61.5-gram bag.

  • Next size, 99-gram box.

  • Yeah, the movie-theater pack.

  • The share size. 113.4 grams.

  • First of the resealable bags, 204.1 grams.

  • This is the Grab n Go. 255.1 grams.

  • Next bag up, the sharing size. 442.3 grams.

  • The family size.

  • 779.6 grams.

  • Hey, good enough for the Egyptians, good enough for us.

  • Pyramids. Check 'em out.

  • This is the party pouch.

  • 1.4 kilograms.

  • Have you noticed how good I am at pouring these Skittles?

  • Can this be a job?

  • Forgive me for getting cocky, but I haven't spilled one.

  • The biggest size, the jar.

  • 1.53 kilograms.

  • Now, for "Food Wars" and general-consumer purposes,

  • the 1-kilogram bag is our largest size.

  • However, I did want to point out this one.

  • A 1.6-kilogram bulk bag.

  • I was able to find one of these online

  • without too much hassle.

  • I think they are more aimed at, like,

  • vending-machine refills rather than consumers,

  • but yeah, you are able to get 1.6 kilograms of Skittles

  • if you are a massive Skittles fan in the UK.

  • We also wanted to check how many Skittles

  • you're getting in each country

  • and also if there is even color distribution.

  • So Joe has asked me to count all of the Skittles

  • in a 1-kilogram pouch,

  • and we're also going to sort them into colors

  • to see how many you get.

  • What color order makes the most sense in your head?

  • The rainbow actually has a order of colors?

  • To me, it's a bit of a ROYGBIV vibe.

  • I'm more of a CMYK guy.

  • Harry sorts Skittles and asks you about your day ASMR.

  • Ah! Whoops. Whoo, God!

  • They're all running around like they have personalities.

  • Just keep seeing the yellow-and-purple color combination

  • and thinking of Waluigi.

  • Wah!

  • Eh and eh. All right!

  • OK, I have now sorted them by color.

  • It was satisfying, but it did take ages.

  • Now we have to count them all.

  • So now we gotta count these.

  • And I am not spending all day counting these. So ...

  • Two ... four ...

  • I figure out how much 10 Skittles weigh.

  • Jot that down. Step two, weigh each cup,

  • obviously subtracting the weight of the cup.

  • And then take the weight of each cup, divide by 10.

  • Six ... eight ...

  • Three, four ...

  • Um ...

  • Is ...

  • After far too long spent sorting and counting these,

  • we have our final totals.

  • I feel like we learned something,

  • but I don't know exactly what.

  • What have we learned from that?

  • Uh, do not do that at home. It's an enormous waste of time.

  • We did some science today,

  • and that is the most important thing.

  • Now, while Skittles look the same in both the US and the UK,

  • the flavors are actually different.

  • For example, in the UK, purple Skittles

  • are flavored with black currant.

  • Whereas in the US, our purple Skittle is grape-flavored.

  • Back in the early 20th century,

  • the US government made it illegal to grow black currants

  • because it was spreading a wood-destroying disease.

  • Now, the ban has since been lifted,

  • but black currants never really became popular

  • as a flavor here. Certainly not as popular as grapes.

  • When it comes to tropical Skittles in the UK,

  • the colors and flavors are as follows:

  • pineapple, orange, fruit punch,

  • watermelon, and passion fruit.

  • In the US, our tropical Skittles flavors are

  • strawberry starfruit, which is pink;

  • mango tangelo, which is orange;

  • yellow is banana berry;

  • we don't have a purple one,

  • so we have a green one, and it's kiwi lime;

  • and last here is pineapple passion fruit, which is blue.

  • The Skittle-flavor controversies continue

  • with our wild berry Skittles in the UK.

  • A, because they contain cherry,

  • which is very much not a berry,

  • and also, B, because the colors are all over the place.

  • We have cherry in the purple one.

  • Apple and blackberry with the green one.

  • Blueberry is the light blue one.

  • Raspberry is the pink one.

  • And then strawberry and kiwi for the red.

  • Our US wild berry flavors are kind of close

  • to that of the UK's, and we too have a non-berry cherry.

  • They even added "wild" onto the title,

  • but I'm not buying it.

  • Berry punch;

  • the raspberry, which is blue, I don't know why;

  • wild cherry, which is not a berry;

  • green guy is melon berry;

  • and the pink one at the end here is strawberry.

  • Now, if I had anything to say about this,

  • I think I'd mix the colors up as well.

  • I think in my mind, blue raspberry would make more sense

  • than the current blue, which is blueberry.

  • I think blueberry would make more sense as the purple one,

  • because as we all know, blueberry isn't actually that blue.

  • It is more of a purple color.

  • And then I'd probably put pink as the cherry one.

  • Full-flavor lineup. Ah!

  • And, of course, we have Skittles Crazy Sours.

  • In the UK, our sour Skittles

  • are flavored and colored as follows:

  • we have sour cherry as the purple one;

  • we have sour green apple as the green one;

  • sour pineapple is the yellow one;

  • sour raspberry is the pink one;

  • and sour mandarin is the orange one.

  • In the US, Skittles sour flavors are also different.

  • So, purple is grape.

  • This one says "the original lime-up,"

  • so I'm assuming green is now lime.

  • Yellow is lemon.

  • Red, strawberry.

  • And orange.

  • Do you think they're as crazy-sour

  • as the packaging suggests?

  • Let's go.

  • Oh, it's sour. Bleh!

  • A very sane level of sour, unfortunately.

  • We reached out to Skittles to ask them

  • about their flavor choices,

  • and they mentioned they had a variety

  • of methods of picking flavors,

  • one of which is something called "social listening,"

  • which I assume means checking social media.

  • And due to popular complaints on social media,

  • the green Skittle was changed back to lime

  • after 10-ish years of being green apple.

  • With all this talk about flavors,

  • it's worth pointing out that some people claim that

  • all Skittles might actually taste the same.

  • In an interview with NPR, neuropsychologist Don Katz,

  • who specializes in taste, said, quote,

  • "it is cheaper to make things smell and look different

  • than it is to make them actually taste different."

  • Dot dot dot.

  • So, Skittles have different fragrances and different colors,

  • but they taste exactly the same.

  • This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to you,

  • because if you've been stuffed up with a cold

  • or with allergies, you might know that

  • without your sense of smell, food can seem rather tasteless.