Not sure if thread is still active but having read all 39 pages twice I am starting a 3 gallon batch now.
Used method of freezing and grinding skittles in food processor until a powder then added to boiling water and it was quite simple and no goop hassle with stirring to dissolve. Freezer for three hours to garden and skim wax off top repeated twice but some stlll remains. Using welches white grape peach concentrate. Hoping for some springtime skittles wine!