Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Starburst GummiBursts

In that grand shipment of goodies from Mars last month I also got a box of these, Starburst GummiBursts.


They’re a new product hitting the shelves in the US,  described as Liquid Filled Gummies. They come in four flavors: Strawberry, Cherry, Orange & Lemon.

The package also boasts that they have Real Fruit Juice! and Great Fruit Taste(r).

I thought the package was a little light at only 1.5 ounces (a package of Skittles or Starburst are over 2 ounces for the same price). But then again, with the light caloric density, that makes a package only 140 calories.


Inside the little medallions are a little larger around than a nickel.

Each gummi has the juicy S on it and beneath that little dome of the letter lurks the burst. Biting into the firm gummi, there is definitely a thick flavored syrup center.

The gummi texture isn’t as rubbery as some, it doesn’t have that bounce.

The liquid is thick and tangy, but pretty much the same as the gummi, but in a different texture. The flavors, well, they’re the same as the Starburst chews.

At first the goo center squicked me out, but I got used to it. But it never really did much for me. They’re a “moister” feeling gummi, but that solves a problem I didn’t really have. The flavors in the package, though consistent with what’s in a regular Starburst Chews package, just don’t seem to do much for me. They’re not quite tangy enough to get my salivary glands going, they’re just plain ordinary. Of course if one of my initials was S, I’d probably be more partial to these.

These were announced by Mars early this year, but I’ve not seen them on store shelves and can’t seem to find them anywhere online.

The package says that they’re gluten free. They do contain gelatin (of indeterminate origin) and are unsuitable for vegans.

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Name: Starburst GummiBursts
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: samples from Mars
Price: $.75 retail
Size: 1.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 93
Categories: Gummi, United States, Mars

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:29 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Maybe these will have that special appeal to me since I do have S as an initial. I’ll keep you posted. wink

    Comment by Sera on 4/15/08 at 10:49 am #
  2. “squicked out”, eh?

    Comment by laura on 4/15/08 at 11:16 am #
  3. They seem to remind me of the Gushers fruit snacks I used to eat when I was a kid!  I wouldn’t mind checking them out:)

    Comment by karen on 4/15/08 at 4:53 pm #
  4. So….they’re Gushers, but without the different flavored filling. :/

    Comment by Tindy on 4/16/08 at 3:49 am #
  5. question-what exactly is “squicked”?! smile

    Comment by Doug on 4/16/08 at 5:32 am #
  6. they are basically a nwe virgin of Gushers.

    Comment by kiana on 4/16/08 at 10:22 am #
  7. if they are better than Starburst i will be buying them

    Comment by kiana on 4/16/08 at 10:23 am #
  8. I would have loved those about 20 years ago. Now that I’m older, I’d just get squicked out, too. I LOVE THAT WORD! I’m going to use it every time I step in a puddle.

    Comment by Karen on 4/16/08 at 12:14 pm #
  9. awesome! i’m glad i know about thoughs

    Comment by Alyssa on 4/17/08 at 9:08 am #
  10. These things are awesome. I found them at food Lion. best candy ever, at least for me!

    Comment by Meggan on 5/26/08 at 6:24 pm #
  11. i love starburst its like the candy of the decade

    Comment by maria on 5/31/08 at 6:17 am #
  12. They were juicy enough inside for me but there wasn’t enough orange, (strawberry) and lemon candies and too many (dark) red candies (cherry).

    Comment by Peg on 6/07/08 at 2:01 pm #
  13. i totally know what you mean about you being “squicked out”...my friends dad works for mars and he went to some convetion and got a package and brought it back for us…the goo is a little shocking at first

    Comment by sam on 6/10/08 at 9:17 am #
  14. Is it ok for this website to use your photos did they get your permission to do so??
    this is just one example i have seen a little more..

    Comment by anonymous on 6/11/08 at 9:49 am #
  15. Cybele's avatar

    Peg - that’s funny, I was just playing with some the other night and had to open two bags because my “random” assortment didn’t include any lemon. (Regular Starburst used to be random but now have definite equal ratios for each flavor.)

    Sam - I had a similar feeling about liquid filled gum ... which is kind of odd because I don’t think anyone has a problem with dry fillings.

    anonymous - thanks for the heads up! Candy Warehouse and I have an agreement for photos, so it’s all in the clear! (Doing candy photos on the side is one of my secrets to getting a hold of candy before it hits the market.)

    Comment by Cybele on 6/11/08 at 11:37 am #
  16. I loved these Starburst Gummies, my husband and I buy them almost every day at our Speedy’s gas station here in Missouri. We can also buy them in a small 1.5 ounce bag at Wal-Mart for 54 cents. I wish they would make a bigger bag!

    Comment by Jeana on 7/20/08 at 10:39 am #

    Comment by KARI on 7/24/08 at 5:51 am #
  18. I found a bag of “Chocolate Mix” M&Ms;.
    They come in two mixes, Dark Chocolate (purple), and Chocolate S’More (black).

    Comment by andrew on 8/10/08 at 12:33 pm #
  19. Does any one know where i can buy these in a big bag.  They are great while out for my toddler.  it keeps him quiet while im trying to do work or grocery shopping.  And i like them too.!!

    Comment by kahila on 8/17/08 at 11:34 am #
  20. Spotted these in a big bag at my local CVS recently, and I’m seeing the small pouches fairly frequently now in convenience stores and drug stores. Looks like they made it past the test stage!

    Comment by VMisery on 8/27/08 at 4:36 pm #
  21. I’m hooked on these.

    Comment by Oden on 10/09/08 at 7:06 pm #
  22. I tried these at a movie theater and was dissapointed at the lack of lemon in my package. Don’t they realize by now that most people prefer lemon starburst? But otherwise, I really liked this product.

    Comment by Michelle on 10/10/08 at 8:23 am #
  23. I’m eating these right now, so I decided to read a review of them. They’re pretty tasty, except for the cherry doesn’t taste quite right and I usually love cherry.

    Comment by Sara Em on 11/01/08 at 6:40 pm #
  24. I bought a large bag of GummiBursts at costco in Manassas,Va.  I when’t back for another large bag and they were out . I shared them with my daughter & grand daughter and we thank there awesome. we all love them. Iam still looking for the large bag. Please get them into the store’s soon as possible.


    Comment by jodie on 2/21/09 at 7:00 am #
  25. Peloria's avatar

    Just had some of these in the Sour variety - Sour Strawberry, Watermelon, Green Apple, and Orange Tangerine.  They have that typical sour sanding sugar on the outside, otherwise the shape and appearance is the same.

    Pretty good, especially since I tend to favor sour candies.  However, is anyone sick of companies sticking a little bit of apple juice (it’s always apple or pear - presumably the cheapest?) in something and making a big deal out of it being made with “real fruit”?

    Comment by Peloria on 3/17/09 at 12:16 pm #
  26. I am a candy person. I went to Toys ‘R’ Us and bought these. I liked them, but personally I would only reccomend it to those who aren’t in the mood for sour and those who like gushers.

    Comment by Olivia on 3/19/09 at 2:14 pm #
  27. i think sqicked out meat to be sicked out

    Comment by Susy on 6/24/09 at 3:21 pm #
  28. I LOVE LOVE LOVE sour gummiburts!! its my favorite candy now!

    Comment by Tyler on 8/13/09 at 1:03 pm #
  29. i am used to gummiebaers from germany, but gummiebursts are the best. thank you.

    Comment by margareta on 9/12/09 at 2:56 am #
  30. they remind me of the brachs hi-c gummi fruits that i can’t find anymore

    Comment by anne on 11/27/09 at 6:17 am #
  31. FOUND IT! mmmmm.starburst gummiburts bursts in my mouth!

    Comment by samoth on 1/21/10 at 4:05 pm #
  32. they are my favorite candy :D

    Comment by gretchen on 3/01/10 at 1:09 pm #
  33. Ok… I bought a pack yesterday and something was wrong with one of them. The majority tasted ok- my comments echo those of the folks above. A nice gummi product. But one of the candies… Something was really wrong with it. I contacted the FDA and filed a complaint, I contacted the company and they are sending me an envelope to mail back to them the unused portion of Gummies.
    Here is what I wrote to them:
    I bought a pack of these Starburst GummiBursts Liquid Filled Gummies today.
    As I bit into one of them, the taste was terrible- a chemical-like taste that made me gag and spit- I think there is really something wrong with this candy. It’s not just that the flavor was bad- this tasted like- what?
    Bleach? Ammonia? I mean- I have never tried Bleach, Ammonia, or nail polish- but to me this was like… Acetone?
    It was disgusting. I spit it out.
    I have the packaging, the bitten gummy, and the remaining few. Most of the package was fine- but when I got to this one… My tongue still hurts.

    The package says on it:
    Starburst GummiBursts Liquid Filled Gummies
    25 OCT 10 006
    943 GP5FP 0241
    (It may be GPSFP- that may be the number 5 or the letter S- I can’t tell on the wrapper.)

    Hope you do NOT have this experience, but I wanted to share it with you all.

    Comment by Dan on 3/16/10 at 12:45 pm #
  34. I had this candy once before. It was smaller and didn’t last as long the other candies I enjoyed. When I gave my 2 (almost 3) year old brother some, my mom and I suspected that it would be a soft gummy. What we didn’t realize at first is that the gummy was harder to chew and thicker than expected. My little brother almost CHOKED on one of those things and my mom pulled over the car to help. Overall, I’ve had better candy. This candy is NOT recommended for little kids!

    Comment by Jacob on 4/17/10 at 2:33 pm #
  35. I have been addicted to this candy since the first time
    time I tasted them! I have to make myself not buy them
    every day and only buy the larger bag from CVS as a treat.
    I’ve always loved gummy candy and this is the best by far!
    They always cheer me up and are perfect for the movies! LOVE THEM!

    Comment by Grace on 5/25/10 at 6:30 pm #
  36. I purchased these candies about a week ago. They made me really sick! I was nauseous and ached all over the next few days. My fingers were swollen and aching and still ache now ! My daughter and her husband ate them also. They got really sick also. I called the company as the previous blogger did and they told me the same thing, mail them back to Star Bursts and they would send me a coupon.

    Comment by Eletha on 9/09/10 at 4:02 am #
  37. Yes- i was the poster above who returned them. And- oh the irony- I, too, got free certificate for more of them. Sorry- but something that was so nasty… I don’t want a free cupon for more! Doh!

    Comment by Dan on 9/11/10 at 7:16 pm #
  38. Me and my husband had some the other day. Same thing as the above comment. Tasted like chemicals. My mouth was numb for 3 hours. We went to the ER to see if they could find anything out about them, Nothing..

    Starburst company said they have NEVER heard of such a thing and want us to mail them in for a coupon. We are searching farther into this. Currently getting a hold of the Heath Department to see what they have to say.

    Comment by Rice on 3/07/11 at 2:02 pm #
  39. Just had a similar problem.  I enjoyed several pieces.  About the 10th piece tasted horrible.  My tongue felt like I had put hot coffee on it.  There is a little blister where the filling had touched my tongue.  Not sure what it was, but it sure felt like a chemical burn.  Going to call the company in the morning.  Too bad I swallowed the darn thing in my surprise.

    Comment by George on 4/05/11 at 7:06 pm #
  40. Ok, I’m a grandmother and I love these candies. So does my husband.  What a surprise they are. I bought them for my 5 year old grandson.  He didn’t like them so when he went home we tried them.  We both fell in love with them.  I just hope you will keep making these. Sometimes the things I like the most are the ones that get discontinued.  Someone mentioned the red ones not being as good as the others.  That, I’m sorry to say, is true but they aren’t awful or inedible.  Just not quite as tasty. Keep them coming please.

    Comment by Cynthia on 6/21/11 at 12:21 pm #
  41. I just bought a pack from the gas station.. i love these and i eat them all the time… but i just got a pack and started eating them.. they looked kinda dark but my boyfriend said they were fine so i ate a few n taste fine n then i ate a red one and it tasted like chemicals it burned my tongue.. im kinda scared since i swallowed the other ones but spit out the red one.. i just was wondering if anyone had the same problem and got sick from it… i dont wanna get sick.. i tried to gag but it didnt work lol

    Comment by anonymous on 8/27/11 at 7:03 pm #
  42. I buys these ALL the time…especially @ work. My boss ALWAYS steals them and the next day I have to go back to Circle K and buy another bag. I have NOT had any strange chemical versions of this candy as of yet…altho before I purchase a bag I admit I do squeeze the bag to see if they are fresh. If they slide around fairly easily then I buy them. If they kinda clump together & feel alittle “gummier” than normal then I do NOT purchase them. Sometimes I will pass up two or three bags before I find the right one. Yes, I am neurotic about my candy! HA.

    Comment by Skarahlynne on 10/18/11 at 2:26 pm #
  43. They taste so good.  They are in different colors.  My daddy really loves them and I love them too.

    Comment by Leah on 11/07/11 at 6:19 pm #
  44. These candies ARE WONDERFUL!!!!! I love them?For those of you who complain ever think you might be allergic to whats in them?

    Comment by Alyssabro on 5/03/13 at 1:32 pm #
  45. I just got these from Walgreens, and like them. One thing that I don’t like about them, however, (and this could be just this batch/my bag) is that the gummies are really sticky on the outside. At first I thought they were just leaky, but that’s not it. Anyway, the stickiness makes them kind of messy; I wish their outside was more like gummi life savers or gummi bears.

    Comment by Barbara on 4/11/14 at 5:08 pm #
  46. Wringley jr, you need to come out with the pink starburst gummibursts, because we all know that’s the all time best flavor. Please and thank you?

    Comment by Michael rohde on 11/29/16 at 2:56 pm #
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