Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt did some sniffing around and deduced that the sugary little orbs were indeed Skittles: "There's no little 'S' on them, but you can definitely smell, it's a distinct Skittles smell," he told CNN affiliate WISN.
The Skittles were actually an unforeseen help for the county road crews, reports CNN. Since Wisconsin is typically covered in ice this time of year, the Skittles provided traction on the otherwise slippery road. Candy can do more than just give you cavities, it seems. The weirdest part of this story though, pertains to where the Skittles were going. As Gizmodo writes, cows are often fed Skittles “as a source of ‘cheap carbs,’ a decades-old practice that grew popular due to climbing corn prices.” It’s fair to say this livestock isn’t grass-raised.
The cows-eating-skittles thing is weird, but probably not as weird as happening upon a country road layered thick with hundreds of thousands of Skittles. If only it were discovered by 8-year-olds on Halloween.