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Spicy starburst and skittles? These candies are about to heat things up

If you want to blame anyone for this, blame sriracha.

America has become so used to sweet things and heat that now even sweetness follows suit. Skittles and Starburst announced that they are introducing Sweet Heat flavors this December.

Wrigley, the confectionery maker, made its debut this week at the National Confectioners Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago.

The Skittles and Starburst candies mix fruit flavors with a “spicy kick”. Susan Whiteside, a spokeswoman for the convention, told Food Business News that candy is part of a larger "hot" trend in the industry.

"Both pastry chefs and snack makers are increasingly getting too sweet to offset hot, tangy, or spicy flavors," said Whiteside. "We've seen a lot in the confectionery industry with Red Hots and Atomic Fireball, but that takes those flavors to a new level."

The Skittles Packs include five intimidating options: Fiery Watermelon, Blazin Mango, Flamin Orange, Sizzlin Strawberry, and Lemon Spark, the TODAY brand announced. The Starburst flavors sound pretty similar (with a common hatred for the letter “G”): fiery watermelon, strawberry mango, flamin orange, and pipin pineapple.

While we haven't had a chance to try the goods, they sound like a stomachache in the making. According to a press release, prices will start at 99 cents for a single package of Skittles, starting at $ 3.19 for a “laydown bag,” which is what we imagine eating more than one pair.

Not to be total skeptics - we look forward to the Skittles Trick Plays - which appear in time for the hockey season and have a surprise taste: the outside color does not indicate how it will taste inside.


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