Thursday, May 31, 2007

Starburst Sours (New)

Starburst Sour (new)Just when I think I’m done, I get pulled back in again! I thought I’d reviewed all the Starburst on the market today when I saw that the Starburst Sour have new flavors.

It’s not like I was that thrilled with the original set of flavors in the Starburst Sour array, so the new ones might be better.

As luck would have it I picked up the new flavors, then saw the original flavors at the 99 Cent Only Store. Before you go thinking that this will be a redux of the LifeSavers, both of these products are fresh.

Original Starburst Sour were manufactured in June of 2006 with an expiration of 8/2007. New Starburst Sour were manufactured in December 2006. (Curious how I know this, check out What Does that Mars Code Mean?)


Here’s the flavor breakout:

Starburst Sour (new)Sour Tangerine (was Orange) - I really had to work hard on this one. The wrappers were the exact same shade of orange and the candies were the exact same shade of orange. I had to admit that the new Sour Tangerine was different from the orange. It had a “high note” of orange and tartness that just wasn’t in the original. I can’t say I prefer one over the other, but I’m glad there’s something citrus in there.

Sour Green Apple (was Cherry) - I was pretty surprised that this wasn’t in the original mix. It’s definitely a synthetic sour apple taste, but it’s quite intense and of course sour. It has some nice real apple juice notes to balance it out, especially as the chew goes on.

Sour Strawberry (was Grape) - While I enjoy a sassy tart and crispy apple and even a juicy tangerine, I have a hard time with sour strawberries, as they’re so much better when they’re sweet and ripe. It smelled like strawberry - a cross between summer flowers and cotton candy. The chew though, was a little less pleasant. It was sour but it didn’t match up with the flavor, it was like a blind date that was going horribly, uncomfortably wrong. It made me break out in a sweat twice, not because it was too sour, perhaps because of the red food coloring. I didn’t eat the third one in the mix.

Sour Blue Raspberry (same) - still an insane blue, still an unnatural flavor for food. Tart and a little on the lime side, a little bitter/dry aftertaste that I kind of liked it this time around.

Overall, I prefer the much more rounded flavors of the classic Starburst. I can see these being a nice change of pace and if I were doing more bike riding or running where I wanted a little something to get rid of dry mouth, this might be the stuff because they’re so portable and of course a good variety in every pack.

Some of our wheat sensitive friends will be happy to hear that the new packaging now says that New Flavors Starburst Sour are Gluten Free (please make sure that your package says that if you’re gluten intolerant since the old flavor set does not say that!).

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  7. Starburst
Name: New Flavors! Starburst Sour
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: Rite Aid (Hollywood)
Price: $.69
Size: 2.07 ounces
Calories per ounce: 120
Categories: Chew, Sour, United States, Mars, Starburst

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:09 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I will have to hunt these down.  I almost always like blue raspberry anything.  They sound like flavors I would enjoy.

    Comment by g on 5/31/07 at 10:24 am #
  2. the last sour ones you reviewed do not match with the flavors of the original ones you bought recently… there was no grape in the last ones and there’s no watermelon in this ones… have u noticed that?

    Comment by Susy on 5/31/07 at 1:26 pm #
  3. Have you noticed whether the gluten-free status of other Mars candies is being noted on their packages?? That would be wonderful news for me!

    Comment by Annie on 6/01/07 at 4:10 am #
  4. I “LOVE THEM “
    I just started weight watchers and you can have
    1 Starburst pk!! love the change!
    I have a pk. w/me all the time
    comment by Jenna on 6/01/07 at 12:46 pm

    Comment by Jenna on 6/01/07 at 7:49 am #
  5. Hello… i love your blog, but have never commented… today i picked up a bag of starburst from the candy isle at Target and they have retro flavors in them (like the skittles)... Disco Berry was the flavor my pack had instead of Cherry.  Looks like there are MORE to review still!

    Comment by Jill on 6/01/07 at 7:53 am #
  6. Cybele's avatar

    g - the blue raspberry must be good if it’s the only one they’ve kept through the years!

    Jill - I caught the Retro ones a couple of weeks ago, check this out (I forgot to code them as “starburst” in the categories).

    Jenna - I think they’d be perfect - lots of flavors for not so many calories.

    Susy - dang! You’re right, they must have mucked around with the flavors somewhere in between!

    Annie - I just looked on a Snickers bar this morning and they don’t mention it. Sorry, I’m guessing because Starburst (and Skittles) are made in a different facility it’s probably going to be limited to the non-chocolate brands, at least at first.

    As more companies consolidate their facilities I imagine it’s going to get harder for them to assure customers of the gluten (or other allergen) status of a lot of products.

    Comment by Cybele on 6/01/07 at 10:54 am #
  7. i love starburst sours but here in the uk the flavours are sour apple,rasperry,cherry and pineapple lol very different to yours! :D

    Comment by midnightminx on 6/02/07 at 9:05 am #
  8. I hate sour. Nothing else to say.

    Comment by Analia on 6/03/08 at 3:11 am #
  9. This sounds nuts, but these are phenomenal warm! I tossed a handful in the microwave for 10 seconds or so as an experiment (still in their wax paper squares) and now it’s the only way I’ll eat them. They become much juicier and more flavorful; the only drawback is that if they are too hot they are hard to open without making a mess. I’ve never warmed the original flavors but the sours are awesome this way. Try it out and you will not be disappointed!

    Comment by Sarah on 1/13/11 at 11:31 pm #
  10. I live in Queensland, Australia. I neeeed to know whether these are being sold here??? If so, whereabouts, if not, where can i go to order these online??? Definitely sounds like a treat that i would enjoy, as I am a big fan of sour candy, and starbursts and skittles have always been my number ones. I actually didn’t know sour starbursts existed until today.

    Comment by Laura on 2/27/12 at 8:02 pm #
  11. Does anyone know if these are still being made/sold anywhere. I recently came upon some sour jelly bean starbursts. The Sour blue rasberry and sour green apple have the same flavors as the original sour starbursts, so its not like the flavor recipe was lost or anything lol. I would really like to buy the original sour starbursts.

    Comment by Doublez Z on 4/03/15 at 6:10 pm #
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