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In honour of Pride Month, Skittles have ditched their signature rainbow colours and have instead opted for a more monochrome look.

The black and white sweets are displayed alongside the brand's message: "During Pride, only one rainbow matters. So, we've given up ours to show our support".

Parent company, Wrigley, said that since the Skittles brand and the LGBT community both share the rainbow as a symbol, "Skittles has again given up its rainbow colours in order for Pride's rainbow to take centre stage".

The flavour remains the same, but given that all the sweets are the same shade of white, it's impossible to tell which combination you'll get.

Although it is great to see a major company offer support to such a worthy cause, the campaign hasn't been entirely well recieved.

Some have labelled the move as racist, with some asking “Why should whiteness mean equality?!”

At the moment these special Skittles packets are only available at Tesco stores in the United Kingdom.

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What do you do when your delivery truck full of red Skittles gets flooded, and the sweets are poured out all over the street? A pretty sticky situation – but this one takes a weird turn.

The candy wasn't going to a shop, or to a factory to be packaged, like most of us would think (also; why were there only red Skittles?). Instead, they were going to some cows.

We're legit not joking.

The County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin, in the US, has reported that the sweets "were intended to be feed for cattle."

And apparently, this has been going on for years! Bakeries and sweet companies sell their rejected candy as animal feed, which is a source of "cheap carbs", a former farmer told WBAY.

The cost of corn has been rising over the years, and mixing candy into the cows' food is now common practice.

"When you talk about feeding candy, it's something that can help supplement a small portion of the diet. Cows need carbohydrates as well. They need sugar. It provides energy and calories for them," said Liz Binversie, an agriculture expert.

You learn something new everyday, huh?

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Unless you've been living on another planet for the past year, you'll be all too aware that business tycoon (and all-round toupée lover) Donald Trump is running for the United States president.

In the process, he has managed to incense countless people with his anti-immigration policies and bombastic showmanship, but it's not only Donald himself who stokes the fire.

Supporting his father on Twitter earlier today, Donald Trump Jr. shared an image which encapsulates his father's controversial campaign, and social media users just aren't having it.

Comparing Syrian refugees to poisoned skittles, Donald Jr. wrote: "This image says it all. Let's end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put America first. #trump2016."

While the tweet did, indeed, receive praise (and 11,000 retweets) from some quarters, many, including Ruby Rose and Zach Braff, responded to the post with disbelief.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responding to the controversy, Wrigley Americas, who own Skittles, said; "Skittles are candy. Refugees are people."

"We don't feel it's an appropriate analogy. We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing," they finished.

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Well, we can say goodbye to sweets as we know them because a major change is about to happen.

A press release was issued by parent company Mars, Inc, which said that all artificial colours will be removed from over 50 of the chocolates, gum, foods, drinks, and confections that the company makes. 

They are replacing them with all natural alternatives that the company has to source with the help of its suppliers.

So, that means M&M's, Snickers, Wrigley's chewing gum and Skittles are all about to change.

It's a good thing that artificial colours are becoming a thing of the past, but the same issue happened with an American cereal brand, and let's just say, it looked very different, indeed:

But don't run out to your local shop and buy a lifetime stash of Snickers just yet. The change is going to take up to five years to complete, so we still have loads of time to munch down on our goodies.

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