Mars, Inc. investigating Dodge Co. Skittles spill

Posted at 10:30 PM, Jan 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-25 11:59:23-05

The Skittles mystery deepens in Dodge County. Mars, Inc., Skittles' parent company, is now investigating how thousands of the candies ended up in the middle of the road.

The Skittles were found spilled last Wednesday across County Highway S. Though an investigation is underway, TODAY'S TMJ4 went to some neighbors for answers.

"Do you know how the farmer got the Skittles?" asked Rebecca Klopf.
"What can you tell me about the Skittles?" asked Klopf.
"Do you know where the farmer originally got the Skittles from?" asked Klopf.

Dairy cow after dairy cow refused to talk. Most would not even make eye contact with Klopf.

Mars said the Skittles were from a plant which doesn't sell products for animal feed.  The Skittles were supposed to be destroyed, because a power outage prevented the signature "S" from being placed on the candies. Instead, thousands of red Skittles were found on the road by a Dodge County deputy, who says a farmer was carrying them to feed to his cattle when the box broke open.

"Ok guys, I didn't want it to come to this, but the first one who talks I have a bag of Skittles with your name on it. Anybody? Anybody?" asked Klopf, but she was met with a silent barn.

Though the cows refused to talk, their owner did. Turns out the candies can replace corn for milking cows. 

"It can be a very inexpensive source of added protein or added sugar or added starch that would go to waste," said dairy farmer Patrick Mess.

Farmers can get it at a low cost, which helps when things like corn prices go up.  Mess says it also helps the cows with their digestion. But he said it does not make Skittle flavored milk.

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