Massive Skittles Spill Creates Candy-Coated Highway

The candies were on their way to be fed to cows
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2017 4:25 PM CST
Massive Skittles Highway Spill Has Weird Backstory
This is what Marshawn Lynch's nightmares look like.   (Doge County Sheriff's Office)

Cnet says it looked like a "crimson highway to hell," but WISN argues it was more of a "sweet mess." On Tuesday night, "hundreds of thousands" of Skittles were found spilled on a Wisconsin highway, WBAY reports. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says the smell was unmistakable. "We got a big whiff."

The Skittles-covered highway was a mystery until Wednesday afternoon, when it was revealed the candies were riding on the back of a flatbed truck on their way to be fed to cows when rain caused the box holding them to fall apart. An ex-farmer says candies found not good enough for human consumption often become "cheap carbs" for cattle. There may be a silver lining to the spilled Skittles. Highway crews say the candy coating might actually improve traction on the road following a couple of icy days. (Read more Skittles stories.)

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