Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Starburst Sours

Name: Starburst Sours
Brand: Starburst (Mars)
Place Purchased: 99 Cent Only Store
Price: 33 cents
Size: 2.07 oz
Calories per ounce: 120
Type: Chew (Sour)

I love sour stuff, though I must admit that as I get older, I’m not really into the tortuous super-sours that I pursued as a kid. So, basically what I look for in a sour is something that gets my salivary glands to tingle, but also delivers flavor and hopefully doesn’t trash my tongue too bad.

The issue I run into with many of the more modern sours is that they’ve gone off and created rather chemical tasting candies. I’m kind of a fan of citrus sours, but the new sour flavors like green apple just taste like something I’d clean my windows with. The Starburst Sours are green apple, blue raspberry, cherry and watermelon. Now, I don’t think I’ve ever had a sour watermelon in my life, so that one was especially puzzling. But perhaps I should drop logic and reality from this review.

First flavor was watermelon. It’s got a nice sour bit to it without overwhelming the watermelon flavor. Green apple is chemical through and through. Very sour and creates (sorry to be gross) some pretty unpleasant burps for me. Blue Raspberry reminded me of blue highlighter pens (and a bit like those scented markers we also had as kids) - the flavor is just like what I’d expect for a red raspberry, but I think that’d be too many pink things in the package, so they made it blue. I think the most successful flavor in the package is the cherry one - though I’m not a big fan on the flavor cherry (mostly because I associate it with poison because the red dye #2 thing back in the 70s) but this has a lot of flavors within it. It’s got a good sour bite to it that goes on through the whole chew, a nice woodsy cherry flavor and then a sweet maraschino topnote.

On the whole, I think Starbursts are great. They were a great addition to the market when they first came out because they filled that hole - they’re chewy like taffy but not likely to pull out your fillings (or as a kid it seemed like I was always losing a tooth or a new one was growing in so taffy was pretty hard to eat). Starbursts have that great chew but are forgiving and not so rubbery as to pull on anything. Don’t get me wrong, they can get plenty stuck in your teeth, they’re just not taking your teeth out.

These are not a flavor pack that I’m likely to buy again (I really love the originals though and will continue to buy them or Skittles) but I appreciate the addition to the line for those that like artificial sours.

Rating - 7 out of 10

Related Candies

  1. Starburst Sours (New)
  2. Starburst Retro
  3. Starburst Baja California & Tropical
  4. Starburst Berries & Creme and Fruit & Creme
  5. Starburst
  6. Starburst Icy Bursts

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:01 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewMarsChewsSourStarburst7-Worth ItUnited States99 Cent Only Store

Comments
  1. Here’s an alternate look at Red Dye #2

    http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/cos-221.html

    Comment by Anonymous on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. I was actually salivating while reading this post.

    Comment by The Neighbor on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  3. Cybele's avatar

    Thanks for the link, anon. I know that most of my associations with food dye being poison are not based in fact ... but those things that they ingrain us with when we’re in third grade always seem to stick the best.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  4. The green apple is my favorite flavor.  I wish they sold packs of individual flavors.

    Comment by Ariane on 11/25/08 at 9:27 pm #

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