Is there a logic behind candy colors?

Have you ever excitedly opened up that new packet of your favorite candy only to find too few pieces of the one you like most inside? Is this just plain bad luck or does this happen too many times for you to think it’s a coincidence?

A team brought some of the most popular candy to see if they got more of  certain candy colors in a pack or if they were evenly divided. Read on to see what they found out.

  1. Skittles

This was the first candy that was put to the test. The team bought many packets of the 55g Skittles pack and counted how many Skittles colors there were per each pack. Green had the most number of pieces, followed by orange. Each pack had about fifty-two skittles with thirteen green pieces of the sweet candy and twelve orange ones. The colors purple and red were the least common Skittles colors with eight red and seven purple candies. While knowing which one was everyone’s favorite Skittle is tough, strawberry as a flavor emerged as a common preference. If this is true, you are getting the least of your favorite candy in a Skittles pack at least. However a survey also showed that lime is another favorite and is found in good numbers in each pack.

  • Gold Bears

Haribo gold bears is a popular candy, but how did it perform on this candy test? Let’s find out. The team purchased a 100 g pack of Gold Bears which had 43 gold bears approximately. There was an even division of bears among the colors red, gold, and green. Each color had eight bears each. White bears were the next highest in number in each pack.

  • Jelly Babies

A 350 g pack of this candy had about 45 jelly babies and the red and yellow pieces were the most common ones. There were most red candies compared to any other color, in any given pack of Jelly babies. For those who favor red over the others, you’re in luck. Since each Jelly baby has a name and character, it makes sense for red to be the most dominant color in the pack as its character is called ‘Brilliant’ and is the leader among Jelly Babies.

  • Starburst

Starburst tops the list of the candies this team sampled as the one with the most evenly divided colors. In a bag of 192 g, there were 43 pieces of the candy. Eleven red candies, eleven purple, eleven orange, and ten green ones.

  • Wine Gums

For an average bag of 52 g sweets, there were 12 pieces of this candy. 25% of wine gums were red in color, and the rest were evenly split among other colors. Red was a clear favorite here, but is that also a match to consumer choices?

If you’re looking to get the candy you most prefer each time you purchase sweets, Gold Bears and Starburst are your best shot at doing so. If you prefer one of the rarer candy colors however, you will probably have to learn to take your chances each time you buy a pack.

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