M&Ms vs. Skittles: Candy Showdown

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Difference between M&Ms and Skittles

When the subject of candy classics comes up, two names are likely to be discussed more than any other: M&Ms and Skittles. The joy of generations of children and the bane of dentists everywhere, M&Ms and Skittles have been standard issue for children for several decades. While the issue as to which one is best is largely a subjective one, this comparison article provides some information on each that may just cause you to favor one over the other.

M&Ms
Skittles

Varieties

In terms of flavor variety, M&Ms have to take a back seat to Skittles. For while M&Ms come in only four flavors (chocolate, peanut, peanut butter, and crunchy), Skittles has the basic cherry, grape, lemon, lime, and orange flavors in addition to a host of tropical flavors and berry flavors. Skittles also comes in gum and sour varieties.

Market Approach

M&Ms and Skittles both rely on highly recognizable and memorable advertising campaigns, with mottos that really stick to the minds of the public. Interestingly enough, both brands’ mottos have something to do with the color of the products. For instance, M&Ms' motto is "Color My World". To counter that, Skittles has come up with the motto "Taste The Rainbow", which most seem to agree is a more appealing and memorable motto. The way that both brands approach their markets by way of their commercials also differ significantly. For instance, both brands obviously try to cater to a wide age group, although Skittle’s ads are undoubtedly more appropriate to children than M&M's commercials. One criticism that has been levied against M&Ms is the use of an "attractive" female M&M character, which many feel that children won't really understand at best, and is inappropriate at worst.

Health And Safety Concerns

Bags of M&Ms carry the notice "May contain peanuts" on the back, but many agree that the notice is way too small to be read easily, or even to be seen immediately. This is obviously an important concern for people who suffer from peanut allergies, since the consequences can be quite serious, and possibly even lethal. So while the notice is a good thing, it really should be a little but bigger in order to be of value. On the other hand, Skittles do not have any peanuts in them whatsoever, nor are the company's facilities used for manufacturing and/or processing peanuts or peanut-based products. Skittles are also just a little bit healthier than M&M's believe it or not. While both candies do have a similar calorie count, more of the calories in M&Ms come from fat. 90 of the calories in M&Ms come from its 10 grams of fat content, versus the 25 calories that come from 2.5 grams of fat in Skittles.

Summary

M&Ms

  • May contain peanuts
  • More of its calories come from fat
  • Commercial isn't that age appropriate
  • Has only 4 basic varieties

Skittles

  • Contains no peanuts
  • Just slightly healthier than M&Ms
  • Offers more varieties than M&Ms
  • Commercial and motto is tailored specifically towards children

Which sweet treat tastes better?
  • M&Ms
  • Skittles
 
 

Discuss It: comments 74

from what they r saying skittles but i think m&ms taste better depending on if ur r in a chocolate mood or a sweet mood not really fair to compare because it depends o what u looking for

From what they are saying skittles but I think m&ms taste better depending on your mood.It could be chocolate or it could be sweet it's not really fair to compare because it depends on what you're looking for.

How it should be written c;

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  • LHPS STUDENT wrote on October 2019

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  • Haruto wrote on last month

ok nerds

Skittles are better

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  • (@r$0|\| wrote on October 2019

This article seems to be a bit biased against M&M’s based on the fact that not a single bad thing was said about skittles while half the article was just overreacting to things M&M’s didn’t even mean. Just because M&M’s has a female character in some ads doesn’t mean that they are simply using them for attractive means. I recommend also giving some good things about M&M’s and some not so great things about skittles as well, because nothing is completely good or completely bad.

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  • (@r$0|\| wrote on October 2019

Also, people with peanut allergies know to look for the writing that says “May contain peanuts.” They’re not stupid and their allergies don’t prevent them from reading small writing.

no

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  • Haruto wrote on last month

why not, they have a point

SKITTLES! all the way i am inlove with skittles and i am addicted since they are sooo amazing!! especially red ones there the best!! and ive never been a big fan of M&Ms plus skittles are just way cooler

i agree there are good but all mms do is kill people with peanut alergies

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  • Julian wrote on October 2019

Yes

no

well, this is not true. About 3.3 million Americans have peanut allergies and around average 150 dies of peanut allergies each year. M&ms have killed 2 percent of those 150 people. that's about 2-3 people dying of allergies from m&ms alone. And most people with peanut allergies know to check the package before they consume an item, so the possibility of being fatally allergic to peanuts and not checking the label of an m&ms package is so unlikely it's almost impossible. So I suggest you get your facts right NERD

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  • Sydney LaVigne<3 wrote on November 2014

agreed. I luv skittles!!!! My name is sydney lavigne and i luv skittles!!!! Go TEAM SKITTLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<3

If anyone knows me you know im skittles biggest fan... pull up in school pop the trunk and all you see is each type of skittles i eat them before school and after.

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  • SKITTLESROCK wrote on March 2012

TASTE THE RAINBOW

EAT THE RAINBOW

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  • YESSSSSSS wrote on October 2019

Yes

Whoever said that they like m and m's for any reason is a loser who has no life

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  • skittles wrote on February 2015

No skittles ROCK!!!!

M&ms ALL the fricken way

Actually One of the most debated ingredients in Skittles is their food colorings, which include large doses of yellow 6, red 40 , yellow 5 , blue 2 , yellow 5, red 40, yellow 6, blue 1 , and blue 1. Many have petitioned the FDA to remove these food colorings from the safe foods lists as Red 40 has been linked to hyperactivity in children, allergies, and hypersensitivity. Red 40 contain contaminants that may lead to cancer. In some studies, Red 40 was even shown to damage the DNA in mice. Other food colorings like tartrazine, known as yellow 5, are even banned in some countries because it can trigger many allergic reactions and may even lead to asthma.Another harmful ingredient in Skittles is hydrogenated oil. Skittles contains hydrogenated palm kernel oil, which means that the oil was processed in order to give Skittles more shelf life and solidify the candy. Hydrogenation is the process of giving natural oil more hydrogen molecules, thus altering its molecular structure. The alteration of their molecular structure converts the once liquid oils into a plastic, solid consistency. Hydrogenated oils are harmful because they promote high cholesterol and high blood pressure when ingested into the body. Even small amounts of hydrogenated oils can cause dire effects. Also found in Skittles is modified cornstarch, which is a food additive used as a thickening agent and stabilizer. Although modified cornstarch is a processed additive, it is not seen as harmful to one’s general health. However, it does not add any nutritional value. Corn syrup, on the other hand, has been linked to significant weight gain, increased risk of diabetes, cavities, and liver damage. Skittles are not recommended to be part of a regular diet.

Skittles contain about 47 grams of sugar per 2oz package. Skittles contain so much sugar, in fact, that a study conducted in 2008 at the University of Calgary found that Skittles might be helpful in relieving the effects of hypoglycemia, as it is as effective as a glucose tablet. Like corn syrup, the over-intake of sugar can lead to cavities, heart problems, obesity, and an increased risk of cancer.

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  • Zman wrote on October 2019

Sure...

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  • chocolatelovr wrote on March 2013

even though i love chocolate i still like SKITTLES EVEN MORE!!! SKITTLES ALL THE WAY:)

me 2 gurl me 2

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  • ANONYMOUS wrote on October 2013

TASTE THE FREAKIN' RAINBOW M&M FANS

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  • ANONYMOUS wrote on October 2013

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  • who done it wrote on October 2015

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  • Anonymous wrote on October 2013

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  • Dorian Mae wrote on January 2014

I am eating skittles at the moment.

But actually i think i prefer m&m's with peanut in the middle its so tasty.

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  • DiokBoot wrote on October 2014

all of you are liars. skittles wins all.

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  • DiokBoot wrote on October 2014

my freinds are dumb butts. they think m&m is better. pshhh losers.

stfu, skittles red 40 food coloring cause cancer and their large doses of pure sugar causes obesity. skittles also contains modified CORN SYRUP and the over-intake of sugar and corn syrup can lead to cavities, heart problems, obesity, and an increased risk of cancer. Skittles also contain HYDROGENERATED OIL, Hydrogenated oils are harmful because they promote high cholesterol and high blood pressure when ingested into the body. Even small amounts of hydrogenated oils can cause dire effects. LMFAO I THOUGHT LAKE HIGHLAND STUDENTS WOULD BE ACTUALLY SMART TO CHECK MORE FACTS ABOUT THEIR CANDIES

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  • Guest wrote on February 2015

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  • Anonymous wrote on October 2015

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  • Anonymous wrote on October 2015

;)

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  • Checkmate wrote on October 2015

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  • THE BETTER AND THE FIRST CHECKMATE wrote on October 2015

DUMBUTT

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  • THE BETTER AND THE FIRST CHECKMATE wrote on October 2015

Thank you

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  • THE BETTER AND THE FIRST CHECKMATE wrote on October 2015

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  • THE BETTER AND THE FIRST CHECKMATE wrote on October 2015

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