Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Starburst Icy Bursts

At first I was irritated when I saw this new flavor set from Starburst. What the heck would Icy Bursts be? I thought that they’d have some sort of cooling sugar alcohol like Xylitol that’s all the rage these days, but instead it’s just the addition of mint to each of the flavors.


Once I figured that out, it reminded me of the not-so-great Bear Bubble Gum that had that awful menthol in it. But then I settle down and stopped trying to draw negative connections. 

Part of what changed my mind was that I’ve been going to a new Gelato joint (well, I’ve been there twice) and sampled quite a few of their sorbet flavors. The ones that I’ve liked best were Limoncello & Basil, Strawberry & Licorice and Pineapple & Cardamom ... you can see where I’m going with this, right? Fruit and herbs are a great combo!

What’s even better about the addition of mint is that I don’t have that awkward chemical aftertaste when I’m done. I’m left with a minty feeling, not a strange green apple burp taste in my mouth.

Strawbrrrrry - yes, that word has six Rs in it, and five of them are in a row. I can actually pronounce that, as I can trill my uvula, so if you ever run into me in person, ask me to say it out loud. This one looks and smells like a regular strawberry Starburst and it isn’t until very late in the chew that the mint comes out. It didn’t rock my world, nor feel like a burst of anything, but I liked it.

Kiwi Snowberry - creamier than the others, kind of like kiwi/strawberry, but who knows. The wrapper was green but the candy itself was mauve. Of all of them, the mint was the least welcome.

Blue Raspberry Freeze - a rather pleasant surprise, the raspberry had some nice floral notes to it, a good tart burst and then the minty overtones. It ended up being my favorite of the set, which is odd because I never would have thought that raspberry should go with mint.

Polar Citrus - it’s an orangy/lemony citrus with a little bit of a creaminess to it and a much more subdued minty undertone. It didn’t really have anything “blasty” to it.

The thing that I’ve always liked about Starbursts is their way of tickling my salivary glands and making them tingle. These don’t do that. They’re mild and pleasant and don’t really deserve the word BURST in their name twice. That said, they’re nice enough and if they were in a bowl on my desk mixed with regular Starbursts, I’d eat them after the others were gone. These are a limited edition product.

Did you know that Starbursts have 50% of your recommended daily value of Vitamin C? That was their unique selling proposition when they were introduced in the 60’s.

Name: Starburst Icy Bursts
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: 7-11 (Silverlake)
Price: $.89
Size: 2.07 ounces
Calories per ounce: 115
Categories: Chew, Mint, United States, Mars, Limited Edition

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:02 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. These do not sound appealing to me at all. Especially the citrus with mint.  That just makes me think of having OJ after brushing my teeth, which was always a dreadful taste.

    Comment by g on 8/22/06 at 9:47 am #
  2. An unrelated query: are you going to be evaluating candy corn at some point?  One of your advertisers occasionally graces your page with pictures of candy corn, but as far as I could tell from searching the site, there are no reviews!  As a big fan of both your site and candy corn (if it’s not too aggressively honey-flavored) I’d love to know what you think. 

    Keep up the good work!

    Comment by good enough cook on 8/22/06 at 10:06 am #
  3. It’s been around since the 60s??? I can only remember seeing them since the mid 90s. But then that’s probably an export/import thing. We don’t get half the flavours of chews that i see on their official websites and while i really enjoy their large range of gummi and soft jellies i’d like to try a different flavour chew. I guess it’s online shopping for me!

    Comment by Leigh on 8/22/06 at 11:37 am #
  4. Cybele's avatar

    g - I didn’t think that mint and fruit were a good combo, but it’s not quite the contrary combo of toothpaste and oj ... I think there’s even a citrus mint toothpaste, come to think of it.

    good enough - I might do a roundup of different brands. I’m rather keen on the honey flavored candy corn, but then again, I find the plain kind agreeable too.

    A fellow named bubba recently commented on an older post disparaging those of us who like candy corn.

    Leigh - I don’t remember eating Starbursts until about 1975 so maybe it took a while for them to get wide acceptance and distribution. They used to be called Opal Fruits in the UK and were changed globally to Starburst in 1998.

    Comment by Cybele on 8/22/06 at 1:07 pm #
  5. Sounds nasty.  Anyway, the vitamin C was added not for nutrition, but because it adds to the citrusy bite.  Ascorbic acid…

    Comment by Dave on 8/22/06 at 2:22 pm #
  6. For a while they put one of two of these Cool Burst flavors in with the regular starburst- I normally like the special edition Starbursts (the Tropical ones are my favorites because of the Strawberry Banana and Kiwi Bananan flavors), but I really didn’t enjoy these. Maybe they changed the formula a bit before releasing them on their own.

    Comment by Tristyn on 8/22/06 at 3:37 pm #
  7. I love mint and fruit. I’ve had a couple of Japanese candies/gums with that combo.

    Comment by Grace on 8/22/06 at 3:39 pm #
  8. Interesting….sounds like the regular and california flavors are still going to remain in my #1 spot. grin

    Comment by Sera on 8/22/06 at 5:01 pm #
  9. May I suggest picking up a packet of Kiss Mint gum the next time you get to Mitsuwa? There are several varieties, but my favourites are the apple mint and lemon mint.

    Comment by Bruce on 8/23/06 at 5:29 am #
  10. So it’s mint, huh? Then what makes it seem all fizzy, I wonder?

    Comment by Tricia on 8/23/06 at 3:33 pm #
  11. Yeah, remember getting one of these in my regular starburst rolls. Funny thing- they were all always Strawberrrrry. Think they did that on purpose?

    Comment by Trish on 4/17/07 at 6:36 pm #
  12. iLOVEStARbURST !!!

    Comment by ViCtORiA MARtiNEZ<3 on 2/10/10 at 4:48 am #
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