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May 2, 2013 11:43 AM

kosher skittles in israel

According to koshernexus website, skittles are kosher in israel

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  1. Yep! They've arrived at grocery stores and candy stores. Regular and sour. 8 shekels for a big bag, 225 grams and 3 shekels for 95 gram bag. One more reason to make Aliyah!

    11 Replies
    1. re: rachelb99

      What does the hashgacha say? Knowing rabbanut on other items I suspect it probably contains gelatin or something similar that rabbanut allows while American agencies don't.

      1. re: avitrek

        I believe gelatin is no longer used. They are under kf who gives a hasggacha to Wrigley gum like 5 gum and are manufactured in Czechoslovakia

        1. re: koshergourmetmart

          The ingredients aren't especially controversial:

          Sugar, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil; less than 2% of: Citric Acid, Tapioca Dextrin, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 2 Lake, Red 40, Blue 1, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Yellow 6 Lake), Sodium Citrate, Carnauba Wax.

          I suspect that the hashgacha is confirming that the carnauba wax is processed with acceptable ingredients (as well as confirming that other ingredients are apprpriately sourced).

        2. re: avitrek

          I asked someone at the CRC in Chicago and I was told that they are "not recommended". I know that many feel it is all political, but the CRC is known to be pretty even-handed.

          1. re: chicago maven

            Oh really? KF is a widely respected hechsher here. I was wrong on sizes, big bag is 125 grams and small bag is 38 grams.

            1. re: rachelb99

              I once asked about the KF to the OU Rav I ask my kashrut shailot to, and he OKed the hashgacha. That was two or three years ago; I assume the same is true now.

          2. re: avitrek

            Mars removed the gelatin from skittles over 2 years ago even for their US product. They even add a "Gelatin Free" disclaimer on the packages. There is no longer any intrinsically non-kosher ingredient in skittles produced in the US.

            However, looking at the LBD kosher website ( it actually says that skittles from the UK are considered "Not Kosher"

            Brand Product Kosher
            Mars (Confectionery) Skittles Crazy Cores Not Kosher
            Mars (Confectionery) Skittles Crazy Sours Not Kosher
            Mars (Confectionery) Skittles Fruits Not Kosher

            If this product had certification from KF, I highly doubt that the LBD would actually consider it Not Kosher.

            1. re: jdh11

              The ones in Israel are made in czechoslovakia.

              1. re: jdh11

                I saw them at the supermarket here in Jerusalem yesterday, marked with a KF.

                1. re: almond tree

                  Yes I just picked some up today. It is the supervised by Rav Yisrael Yaakov Lichtenstein KF from London but they are made in the Czech Republic. Also approved by the chief rabbinate of Israel. It appears to be made specifxally for the Israeli market as the packaging has Hebrew on it (and not just an importers sticker).

          3. Just got them today at Gourmet Glatt, they were nearly $5 a bag, but I had to buy them.... for the kids, of course ;-) They taste exactly how I remember them and that trip down memory lane, I guess, justifies the price.....