Officials stumped by thousands of red Skittles on frozen road

DODGE COUNTY, WIS. (WHDH) — The red-stained road in front of his home was a mystery to Merlin Pieper.

Pieper saw police officers respond, but he didn’t know the reason — Skittles.

Officials say they were skeptical when they heard about the candy-coated highway.

“Well my deputies have got to be playing a joke on me,” said Sheriff Dale Schmidt. “That wasn’t the case. We had Skittles across the road.”

Making it even more peculiar was it wasn’t a rainbow of colors. Just one. red.

Officials say the spill happened Tuesday night after a couple days of icy, slick conditions.

But highway crews say the candy might have helped the roads a little less slippery — and smell sweet.

According to, the candy is often used as cattle feed, and candy makers will often sell candy rejects to farmers.

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