Dodge County, Wisconsin, has had some strange occurrences lately. I’m talking “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” status, but instead of raining meatballs, it actually appeared as though it had been raining Skittles.
According to ABC 12 WISN, deputies found a road covered in thousands of Skittles on Tuesday night. It was a little hard to tell what they were at first, but there was one dead giveaway—that sweet smell.
“There’s no little ‘S’ on them, but you can definitely smell, it’s a distinct Skittles smell,” Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt told WISN.
Apparently, the Skittles actually helped the roads because they’d been pretty icy, so this was a happy accident. But one very important question still remained: How did they get there in the first place?
According to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, it was later found that the Skittles had fallen off of a flatbed truck.
“The truck was a flatbed pickup and the Skittles were in a large box. Due to it raining at the time, the box got wet and gave way allowing the Skittles to spill out on the roadway,” the post reads.
But, believe it or not, that’s not even the craziest part of all. The Facebook post continues, “It is reported that the Skittles were intended to be feed for cattle as they did not make the cut for packaging at the company.”
So, these candies were actually meant for cows! This is, according to ABC 2 WBAY, a common practice. A former farmer told the publication that candy makers and bakeries will sell the reject candies as cattle feed because they provide “cheap carbs.”
CNN Money reports, “[It] is a very good way for producers to reduce feed cost, and to provide less expensive food for consumers,” according to Ki Fanning, a livestock nutritionist with Great Plains Livestock Consulting.
That’s definitely one strange occurrence, but hey, at least it all worked out for the best in the end. Except for those cows who didn’t get to “taste the rainbow.”