Friday, May 15, 2009

Starburst Sour Gummibursts

Seems like sticking goo inside classic candy categories is the confectionery trend for the late aughts.

Starburst Sour GummiBursts

Mars introduced the Starburst Gummibursts in early 2008, which were pretty much just a Starburst branded version of Fruit Gushers (which isn’t called a candy because it’s not sold in the candy aisle, it’s a “fruit snack” but has virtually identical ingredients).

Starburst has now expanded the new product line to include Starburst Sour Gummibursts.

The original tart but not sour came in strawberry, lemon, orange and cherry. This new assortment comes in Strawberry, Watermelon, Green Apple and Orange Tangerine.

Starburst Sour GummiBurstsThe little disc shaped candies are similar to the original. They’re three quarters of an inch across, soft and have a raised S on the top.

Unlike the originals these are covered in a granulated sour powder. They also seem a bit softer.  Unlike packs of Starburst chews which have a regular proportion of each flavor, Gummiburst are random. And by random I mean that the luck of the universe means that whatever flavor is your favorite will be shorted in your packages. I’ve opened four packages and only one had Orange Tangerine in them. The one for this review broke down like this: 4 Strawberry, 5 Green Apple and 1 Watermelon. 

Pink = Watermelon: I don’t like eating unripe melon and usually shy away from the stuff that’s really close to the rind. So sour watermelon isn’t exactly one of my top sour flavors. This had a wonderful sweet aroma, like summer picnics & lip balm. The chew on it was nice but it was absolutely sour which overpowered most of the watermelon-ness at that point. (Though this depended on how much goo was in the centers - the center goo is flavored but all sweetness.)

Red = Strawberry : this also had a nice floral scent, so I had no trouble telling it from the rather similar looking watermelon. The flavor is stronger than the watermelon but still just as tangy. Very sweet center.

Green = Green Apple: this is definitely a winner on the sour apple front. The flavor is artificial but with a nice dash of real apple juice notes. The juicy center provides a bit of relief from the tartness.

Orange = Orange Tangerine: I didn’t get to eat many of these, but they smelled divine, had a great mix of tartness, super-sour and zest. Juicy & lip smacking good. The center was especially deep in its variety of flavor notes.

Some liquid filled candy can go wrong inside the package. There are plenty that I’ve had recently that have at least one leaky or exploded candy, which gets the rest of them moist & sticky. These all seemed in great condition.

Unlike the regular Starburst Chews, these have no additional Vitamin C. They are pretty low in calories though (as are all gummi products). The little 1.5 ounce package only has 130 calories. Since they’re packed with so much flavor and the pieces are pretty meaty, they might be a good candy option for someone watching calories. (They’re also gluten free but not vegetarian because of the presence of gelatin.)

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Name: Starburst Sour GummiBursts
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: samples from
Price: $.75 retail
Size: 1.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 86
Categories: Gummi, Sour, United States, Mars

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:01 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. bettyfelon's avatar

    ugh I am so disgusted by liquid filled candies

    they remind me of eating bugs

    Comment by bettyfelon on 5/15/09 at 1:04 pm #
  2. Love sour things, so will give these a try.

    Comment by Pam Walter on 5/16/09 at 12:35 pm #
  3. Usually agree with your ratings, but have to respectfully disagree here.  These have way too much latic acid in the coating.  The sour is extremely bitter (sour can be done with out bitter) leaving a horrible after taste, while not having a strong sour impact at all.  I would give them a 2 or 3.  Part of this due to the fact the formula is high pectin and the center fill is more gel then liquid. If you like sour and want to try a center fill the center filled Sour Patch have a much better coating and center.

    Comment by Matt on 5/17/09 at 4:46 pm #
  4. WONDERFUl! They are the best Candy when at the Movies !!! I love to share with my friends:)

    Comment by foodcreate on 5/18/09 at 6:11 pm #
  5. noooo way… I just bought this from a vending machine but it has Gelatin in it so I cannot eat it…. my mouth becomes watery when I look at it.. how does it taste???

    Comment by mass on 5/21/09 at 7:26 pm #
  6. I was craving sweets while at Walmart a few days ago.  I didn’t want anything with chocolate in it, so I thought maybe some Skittles or Starburst would hit the spot.  I LOVE sour candies, so when I spotted the Starburst Sour GummiBursts, I took a chance.  These are now my FAVORITE sour candies!  I think I’ll go to Sam’s Club and buy a huge tub of these things because I’m hooked! smile

    Comment by CrimsonSour on 7/12/09 at 11:39 pm #
  7. Pretty disappointed in these.  Don’t find them to be particularly sour, I agree with Matt.  I wish these were a little denser, like a slightly stale Sour Patch Kid or a Gusher.

    Comment by kimberfall13 on 7/15/09 at 9:50 am #
  8. Me and the Missus bought these while on our Honeymoon in New York and I can’t believe how amazing they are!

    You can’t buy them over here and I’m pretty distraught that we’re down to our last half box!

    So sour and then so delicious when you bite them,.. Need to plan a trip back to part with some greenbacks in exchange for the amazing Starburst Sour GummiBursts!

    Comment by DriZZaL on 2/16/10 at 7:50 am #
  9. yum.

    Comment by kellie on 3/22/10 at 7:38 pm #
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