freeze dried skittles

How to Make Freeze-Dried Skittles That Blast You to Flavortown

Calling all candy connoisseurs and freeze-drying fanatics!

Buckle up, because we're embarking on a journey to the stratosphere of snacking: homemade freeze-dried Skittles.

Imagine popping a crunchy, airy puff of rainbow fruitiness that explodes on your tongue – a textural and taste sensation unlike any other.

Ready to take your Skittles game to warp speed? Blast off with this guide!

Gear Up: Essential Equipment for Your Freeze-Drying Mission

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Before we launch, let's gather our supplies:

Freeze dryer

This is the mothership of our operation. Home freeze dryers are available, but if you're a casual space explorer, consider partnering with a friend who owns one or renting some freeze-drying time.


Grab your favorite bag of these celestial spheres. Bulk bags are your friend for maximizing your cosmic candy output.

Pre-Flight Check: Preparing Your Skittles for Freeze-Drying

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Single Layer Spread

Arrange your Skittles in a single layer on the trays. Don't overcrowd them; give them space to expand and reach their full freeze-dried potential.

Chilling Out

Pre-chill your Skittles for at least 2 hours in the freezer. This helps the freeze-drying process happen faster and more evenly.

Pressure Check

Ensure your freeze dryer is properly sealed and the vacuum pump is in good working order. You wouldn't want your Skittles to get lost in the cosmic void! 

Liftoff! Freeze-Drying Your Skittles to Perfection

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Now, buckle up for the main event:

Set Your Course

Your freeze dryer's settings might vary, but generally, aim for a temperature of around -40°F (-40°C) and a vacuum pressure of about 200 microns. Consult your freeze dryer's manual for specific instructions.

Patience is Key

The freeze-drying process can take anywhere from 12 to 24 hours, depending on your equipment and Skittle quantity. Resist the urge to peek too often; let the magic happen in the vacuum chamber.


Once the cycle is complete, carefully remove your freeze-dried Skittles. They'll be lighter, airier, and slightly misshapen – like little, edible spaceships that journeyed through the cold unknown.

Bonus Mission: Packaging and Enjoyment

Seal the Deal

If you plan to store your Skittles for longer, vacuum seal them in individual bags to preserve their crunch and flavor.

Cosmic Candy Bags

Get creative! Package your freeze-dried Skittles in colorful bags or personalize them with space-themed labels for an extra-galactic touch.

Savor the Blastoff

Now comes the best part: popping those freeze-dried Skittles in your mouth and experiencing the explosion of light, airy texture and intense fruit flavor.

It's a taste sensation that will send your taste buds to infinity and beyond!

Remember: Freeze-drying Skittles is an adventure, not an exact science.

Experiment with different candy types, freeze-drying times, and even adding sprinkles or edible glitter for a truly personalized cosmic candy experience.

So, fire up your freeze dryer, channel your inner astronaut, and get ready to blast off into a world of freeze-dried Skittle wonder!

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