Friday, March 22, 2013

Starburst Very Berry

Starburst Very BerryWrigley’s has quietly introduced a new Starburst flavor variety: Starburst Very Berry. The package features four flavors: Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackberry and Blueberry.

This isn’t Starburst’s first foray into the berry world, they used to make a version called Berries and Creme which had a creamy version in strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and mixed berry. This version is a bit more bold, dumping the creme for a more fruity intensity.

Starburst Very Berry

The package says Great fruit taste! Real fruit juice! (That’s apple juice. They all have apple juice, and less than 2% of it, too.) They also have 20% of your RDA of vitamin C.

I picked these up in their Easter box, but they’re also available in the single serve package and bags. The hazard with the bags and box is that you’re never sure of the ratio you’ll get. My box had an inordinate amount of blueberry and only one raspberry.

Starburst Very Berry - BlackberryBlackberry

This flavor sounded great, even though I’m never sure what the difference in artificially flavored candies is between raspberry and blackberry aside from the color.

The flavor is, well, good. It’s very floral and deep with a lot of black cherry, cranberry and raspberry notes. But overall there’s a sort of softness to it, it’s not a lack of intensity, it’s just not puckery or dry like pomegranate can be.

Starburst Very Berry - BlueberryBlueberry

I had a lot of these and I was a little put off by the color. It’s not the color of food, it’s the color of a drug or a toy. The flavor is balanced and does a good job of being blueberry “flavored.” It’s a mix of tannins, like iced tea and a floral note that reminds me of ball point pen ink. It’s a little tangy, between the tartness level of a citrus and the blander strawberry.

Blueberry is hard and the most interesting thing about blueberries, to me, is the combination of textures. It’s a difficult thing to mimic in a chewy candy, like the fuzz on a peach or the layers of flavor and mouthfeel of a concord grape.

Starburst Very Berry - Strawberry ChewStrawberry

Well, it’s the strawberry Starburst. There’s not much else to say except, “Welcome!” It’s a softer flavor, more like cotton candy than a sour berry flavor. There’s a light tartness to it, but mostly it’s sweet with a little kiss of floral strawberry flavor.

The wrapper is a different color pink or at least it seemed brighter. I’m glad it’s in this mix.


Starburst Very Berry - RaspberryRaspberry

This is very floral and deeply jammy. There’s a hint of pineapple tartness but overall it’s a well rounded flavor with some cherry notes as well. It’s not wholly raspberry, it lacks a “seed” flavor to it. I can’t say much more because I only had one.

Overall, it’s a nice mix. It’s less sour than some of the other varieties that include citrus flavors. I liked the colors, and if you’re going for something like a glass jar that would be on display on your desk or at a party, the look is quite striking.

Starburst contain gelatin, so they’re not for vegetarians and not Kosher/Halal. They are gluten free.

Related Candies

  1. Starburst Sweet Fiesta
  2. Starburst Flavor Morph
  3. Starburst Sour & Sweet
  4. Starburst Retro
  5. Starburst Baja California & Tropical
  6. Starburst Berries & Creme and Fruit & Creme
  7. Starburst


Name: Very Berry Starburst
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Wrigley’s
Place Purchased: Target (West Hollywood)
Price: $1.00
Size: 3.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 101
Categories: Candy, Mars, Wrigley's, Chews, Starburst, 7-Worth It, United States, Target

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:53 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewMarsWrigley'sChewsStarburst7-Worth ItUnited StatesTarget

Comments
  1. Let me guess, you re-wrapped a different flavor with the raspberry wrapper so you could get the photo? I love everything Starburst, so thanks for this review!

    Comment by Rick on 3/22/13 at 12:21 pm #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    Rick - you don’t miss a trick! You can kind of see how the wrapper isn’t as flat & snug in the photo.

    Of the current varieties, this is my second favorite. I wish they’d do a pineapple. (Not a flavor combo, straight pineapple.)

    Comment by Cybele on 3/22/13 at 12:24 pm #
  3. I thought your re-wrap job was very well done! I remember as a kid I used to reconstruct the empty wrappers to try and trick my friends. Now I just eat ‘em all and end up with a pile of wrappers on my desk.

    Pineapple sounds great! I do enjoy the Pina Colada flavor in the tropical pack, although I’m really an original flavor pack fan.

    Comment by Rick on 3/22/13 at 12:41 pm #
  4. Thanks for your post, I’m planning a my little pony cake that will be decorated with re-shaped starbursts so I was uber-curious what the actual colors of the new flavors were. I hope I can find them in my town.

    Thanks!
    Shelly

    Comment by shelly on 5/15/13 at 5:55 pm #
  5. We are big candy eaters so when I saw these new Starburst I bought a bag. They were so good that I had to buy several more bags. We especially like the Raspberry flavored ones. I also like to buy other varieties of Starburst and mix them all together in the candy dish. Yummy.

    Comment by Suzanne on 9/22/13 at 9:15 am #
  6. My favorite flavors of starburst.

    Comment by Richelle nordin on 4/30/14 at 11:27 pm #

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