Monthly Archives: June 2015

Why the “Original” Skittles Were Better

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Original Skittles Pack

It has been more than two years since Skittles replaced Lime with Green Apple as the designated flavor for the green skittle, ultimately ruining the Original Skittles pack.

Until February 2013, Lime was the green skittle for a long time, except for a brief replacement in 2001. I stopped eating the Original Skittles in late 2012 because there were several other varieties to choose from, including Dessert Skittles (I have never tried the Darkside Skittles yet, so please don’t ask me how they taste). Amazing, dessert in a Skittle? Who’d have thunk it! The news that broke everyone’s hearts was that lime had been replaced with green apple.

Don’t get me wrong. Green Apple is a great flavor on its own, but it does not play well with the other 4 flavors (i.e. Strawberry, Orange, Lemon, and Grape). The creator of Candyblog wrote an entry about how Lime was an agreeable flavor in the Skittles bunch. “Strawberry & Lime was a daiquiri. Lemon & Lime was a soda. Grape & Lime was a great fruit punch. Orange & Lime was a citrus cooler,” she says. Yes, Lime was a mild flavor.

But Green Apple overpowers the other flavors. Grape and Green Apple don’t work. Orange and Green Apple is, eh, fine. Lemon and Green Apple is deemed passable, but as Apple has screwed up, Lemon is trying to make up for it. Strawberry and Green Apple? Well, let’s just say after the latest incident between those two, Strawberry has not spoken to Apple since.

The reaction on Facebook about Green Apple replacing Line as the designated green Skittle has been, for the most part, negative. I’m not even gonna try to read the comments — that’s how much they hated the change. It is akin to messing with an original. So far I’ve yet to find one positive remark about the flavor change.

Even though the “Original” Skittles as we know it are no more as of February 2013, there are still a few varieties to choose from. My favorite variety so far would have to be the Wildberry mix.

I still need to try the Darkside variety. 😉

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CTfastrak expanding to Manchester!

Like it or not, CTfastrak is here to stay.

CTfastrak East Street Station in New Britain.

CTfastrak East Street Station in New Britain.

Since its launch on March 28, the CTfastrak drew in more than 150,000 in the first five weeks alone, exceeding ridership expectations. There are 10 stations on the CTfastrak line between Downtown Hartford and Downtown New Britain, two major hubs for the local bus routes.  CTfastrak currently serves the communites of Hartford, Manchester, West Hartford, Bloomfield, Newington, Wethersfield, New Britain, Bristol, Southington, Cheshire, and Waterbury to name a few.

CTfastrak will soon expand into Manchester and East Hartford. But instead of tearing up many unused roads throughout the two towns, this project will just use the HOV lanes on I-84, and like its west-of-the-river counterpart, add dedicated bus stations, parking, and ticket machines. CTfastrak already has a bus route that serves east-of-the-river, Route 121, which connects Manchester Community College with the UConn Health Center in Farmington. This is exciting news for those who live in East Hartford, Manchester, Vernon or South Windsor.