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This week, America was baffled by a report of a massive spill of Skittles on a rural highway in Wisconsin. It wasn't just that only red Skittles littered the road in the aftermath, but an offhand comment from a sheriff who posted photos of the scene on Facebook: He said the candy was "intended to be feed for cattle."

*****UPDATE: The Skittles were confirmed to have fallen off the back of a truck. The truck was a flatbed pickup and...

Posted by Dodge County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

"As a Dairy farmer I find this appalling feeding their animals Skittles," wrote one commenter, while another simply asked: "Feeding cows skittles???!!!" There was much arguing about inhumane treatment of animals, vegetarianism, and whether we should be worried about stampedes of sugar-high cattle. (OK, I just made up that last part, but it's now a genuine concern of mine.)

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Apparently, Skittles maker Mars Inc. was as clueless as everyone else: "We don’t know how it ended up as it did and we are investigating," the company said, according to CBS. They did clarify that the Skittles in question were meant to be destroyed because a manufacturing glitch had prevented them from being stamped with their signature white "S." So the question becomes, how did a bunch of defective Skittles—which I would have happily eaten, by the way—get rerouted from whatever fructose vat they should have been melted in to a farm out in the middle of nowhere, allegedly for a bunch of cows to graze on?

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I'm afraid I really don't know, but I think I have a better idea of why the last steak I grilled tasted so much like a Snickers bar.