Thursday, March 17, 2011

Starburst Crazy Beans

DSC_1849rbStarburst makes some excellent jelly beans and have expanded their line to include a couple of different flavor mixes similar to their fruit chew flavors. The new Starburst Crazy Beans are unlike the fruit chew ancestors. They feature a flavored and colored shell with a different colored and flavored center. There are six varieties in the package.

This is the second “crazy” product from Wrigley’s in two years, with the Skittles Crazy Cores being the first and the third dual flavored product.

The package is fun, the bright purple and yellow certainly got my attention. The prospect of two flavors in one, instead of combining flavors is also appealing. The crazy part, I think, comes with the combinations that Wrigley’s has come up with.

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The beans are opaque and note quite as jewel toned as the standard beans. There’s a slight mottling to the color which I liked, it was as if they were dyed little granite pebbles. The sizes are pretty standard and the quality of them is good - they were consistent and glossy. The package boasts that they use real fruit juice, but the ingredients say that it’s less than 2%. Unlike the regular Starburst chews, these have no additional vitamin C. They also contain a confectioners glaze so shouldn’t be considered vegetarian/vegan.

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(These don’t go in the order of the photos above, just because.)

Grape-Ade (Purple) - the grape on the outside was easy to distinguish right away, just like a Pixy Stix. The lemon center was a little more muddled, but still had a little citrus note. Good start.

Peach-A-Palooza (Orange) - is definitely peachy on the outside. I don’t know what the center is supposed to be, but it tasted like cherry to me. Not a winner in my book, but I’m sure this is an ideal combination for someone.

Tropical Cherry Splash (Blue) - it’s unfortunate to find another cherry one, this one has a bit of a papaya note to it that makes me as equally unhappy as the peach. Pass.

Razzin Watermelon (Pink) - this pink one was a little confusing. It’s pink on the outside and blue on the inside. But the outside tastes like bubble gum instead of watermelon. And the inside is all sweet and fragrant like raspberry and strawberries. The shells on all of these were downright thick and crunchy as well.

Banana Berry Blast (Yellow) - it starts with a light whiff of banana but quickly becomes a standard tangy berry. I liked it though I would have preferred a little more banana in the mix.

Strappleberry (Green) - it’s true to its name, it’s a sweet golden delicious apple flavor mixed with a mellow berry note. These varied widely, some were puckeringly tangy, others were all sweetness and little flavor.

They’re much more expensive than other jelly beans, though I admit that they’re quite flavorful. However, this particular flavor mix didn’t really hit within my zone of interest. I’d prefer something a bit more on the traditional side or with more intense fruit flavors. (Or maybe they want to try doing candy coated gummis, since they’re already making Life Savers Gummis and Starburst GummiBursts.)

I feel like we’re running out of flavors and though there’s a large number of combinations possible - the results are merely proof of concept, not great candy.

I don’t know if these are a permanent item or just a seasonal one.

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  3. Lemonhead & Friends Jelly Beans
  4. Spree Jelly Beans
  5. Hot Tamales Spice Jelly Beans
  6. Starburst
  7. Starburst and Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

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Comments
  1. I haven’t had Starburst Jellybeans in years, they used to sell big boxes at our school for fundraisers. I think I prefer the Starburst gummi fruit mix and chews though. If I want expensive little jelly beans I’ll go with Jelly Belly.

    Comment by Leigh on 3/17/11 at 7:04 pm #
  2. These are beautiful!

    Comment by Eva on 3/18/11 at 9:40 am #
  3. I think the tropical cherry splash one tastes like lotion. It reminds me of Hawaiian Tropics suntan lotion but in the shape of a jelly bean. I can’t believe I ate a jelly bean infused with suntan lotion. However, that grape-ade one is pretty legit. Strappleberry comes in close second to that.

    Comment by anna-marie on 4/22/11 at 8:38 pm #
  4. I WILL NOT buy Starburst candies anymore - became addicted to Crazy Beans and now they are discontinued?  Have you lost your minds - you didn’t leave them out or advertise them long enough for them to catch on!  Very bad move on your marketing department!

    Comment by Clarice White on 6/05/12 at 4:27 pm #
  5. I am 63 years old, I am disabled, and this is the first time I have tried jelly beans in 40 years. My grandson said they were awesome and so I tried them and promptly became addicted to them - even buying 4 bags at a time.  Your marketing department is ignorant enough to take these off the market after virtually no advertisement. They were stuck on the bottom row at the grocery kind of behind everything else.  You should be ashamed of yourself and I won’t be buying any more of your products. 


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    Comment by Clarice White on 6/11/12 at 9:57 pm #
  6. Er, Clarice… you do realize that this is just a review blog, right? The owner of this site has nothing to do with the distribution or manufacturing of these products. smile

    Comment by Julia on 6/13/12 at 6:27 pm #

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