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      19.02.2010 13:12
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      Just dont!!

      Apart from the very young amongst us, we will all I am sure remember Opel fruits, a very nice and flavoursome chewy sweet that had the jingle "opel fruits made to make your mouth water", they were around a long time and needed no introduction to people yet for some reason the manufacturer decided to rename them, using the name Starburst.

      In the renaming I am certain that the lime one at least changed and lost some of its twang, I know companies try to refresh things from time to time and give products new names and introduce spin off of the product but for me this was a bad move and the spin off they have introduced is an absolutely horrid one that goes by the name of Starburst Choozers.

      Choozers were advertised as the chews that ooze and the reason being that they were a typical starburst square chew but instead of being a solid block they had runny fruit flavoured centres.

      It was a long time ago that I had the misfortune of trying these but I can remember it very clearly, it would be about three years ago and my grandson had a packet of these which he did not seem to be liking very much which is unusual for him and sweets.

      I asked him if he wanted something different and he quickly put the Choozers down and grabbed something out our tin of sweets, later that night with the Choozers still in the kitchen I decided to try one, the one in question was a strawberry one and on chewing it immediately a rush of very sweet very sickly liquid rushed over my tongue and it was not at all pleasant.

      Being a bit silly and thinking it was just the strawberry one that wasn't nice and that I would enjoy the orange flavour I tried it too, same result a very sugar sweet liquid mildly tasting of orange over the sweetness filled my mouth and yet again it wasn't nice.

      Apart from being to sickly sweet the biggest problem is the fact that there is more ooze than chews and you really just get a mouthful of liquid and nothing to chew on.

      I have no idea if these are still available these days but as my grandson sits here now eating a packet of normal Starburst my memory was jogged to the day of the Choozers and I felt compelled to warn everyone about them.

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        18.02.2010 13:22
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        Taste really nice and can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

        Starburst was originally called opal fruits and that's what I still see them as, But saying that these new flavoured starburst choozers are certainly a new idea. A sweet with a liquid centre made from fruit juice. Opal fruits but now Starburst are a product from Mars.

        They come in a tube of about 10 individually wrapped sweets, each wrapped in a waxy type paper. They are oval shaped unlike normal starbust being square. The tube wrapper is a bright pink/red colour with starburst written along it and pictures of the 3 different sweets inside.
        The flavours are Apple & Orange, Raspberry & Orange and Mango & orange. The sweets are orange green or pink so obviously orange is the mango, green the apple and pink the raspberry flavours.

        Warning!! if you don't like oranges then I'd avoid these sweets.

        On the outside these sweets look like normal chews but hidden in the middle is a smooth wonderful tasting fruit juice liquid. I love these as the liquid centre makes my mouth water as it tastes so nice and the flavour is just right without being too intense. They aren't too chewy so dont stick to the teeth like toffee.
        My favourite is the mango one, unfortunately my son seems to like this one best too so fight to grab the orange coloured ones first.

        Each tube weighs 41g and contains 162 calories, averaging about 16 calories per sweet.
        These are available in big 150g bags priced around £1.40 as well as these tubes at an average price of 50p.

        You are likely to find these in co op stores and local newsagent shops. Tesco do sell them but not all of the other supermarkets stock them.

        On the whole this work out at good value and provide you with some fruit :-)

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          04.02.2010 13:51
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          Good fruity sweets with a surprise inside

          This is a review on the chews that ooze, Starburst Choozers. The most expensive bag of cinema sweets ever at £2.60 (!) for 150g bag. But I'd eaten onions with my tea before and needed to get rid of the taste in my mouth (that's my excuse!).

          **Never ending bag***
          Since getting a little older I've noticed my ability to eat sweets in copious amounts has declined. I can still have one or two in a sitting but not a whole bag. That's why these choozers are still on my desk at work several weeks later! They are nice but we just can't eat a lot in one go.

          ***packaging and flavours***
          The sweets are in a bag and are individually wrapped lozenge shaped chews with "ooze" written on the wrapper. They come in three flavours and each has a contrasting oozy flavour on the inside. You can suck them until it pours out or just bite in and confront the oozy bit!

          - apple and orange (green)
          - Raspbery and orange (pink)
          - orange and mango (orange)

          **taste**
          These are really a bit like an opal fruit in that they are chewy but with a sour liquid surprise in the centre. All the flavours taste nice but the pink ones are my favourite.

          **Nutritional info**
          One portion is 45g. Each portion contains 178 kcal and 2.8g fat.

          **Price***
          At £2.60 I probably paid too much for these sweets as they were an expensive buy at the cinema but that's my fault for not being prepared. I'm sure they are a lot cheaper in normal shops too.

          **Verdict***
          I'm not even supposed to be eating sweets at the moment as there is a small matter of a diet that's supposed to be taking place (ahem) but I do really like these and have enjoyed eating and everyone else has liked them when I've been sharing them round the office.

          I would recommend them as a good alternative to chocolate and a good mouth watering sweet, although they are a bit rustly (individually wrapped) and messy for the cinema!

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            15.12.2009 20:42
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            Oozing Chewy Sweets

            Who'd have thought it eh? A chew with a contrasting runny centre! What a step forward in confectionary tomfoolery! Choozers by Starburst offer this strange concoction in a handy grab bag or roll. The bagged varieties were on offer in Tesco recently for £1.37 a bag or two for £2.00 so in the interests of consumer research into my trolley they went.

            My bag is bright red and is easily spotted on the shelves, the front of the bag is boldly emblazoned with the brand name and is garishly coloured with stripes of lime green and neon yellow. A green Choozer is illustrated on the pack, split in half with its gooey yellow contents spilling from within and you are informed that these are "Chews that Ooze". Rather gimmicky and innovative in my opinion I have always been fond of Starburst chews (or Opal Fruits as I remember from my childhood) so was quite excited to give these a try.

            We are offered a choice of 3 different chews each with a contrasting centre. A green apple flavour chew contains an orange centre, a pink raspberry chew also contains an orange centre and an Orange coloured and flavour chew contains a mango centre. Clearly Starburst finds it easy to provide the flavour of Oranges then.

            Each Choozer is individually wrapped in a coloured foil wrapper and unsurprisingly the apple chew is green, the raspberry is red and the Orange orange. To open all you have do is squeeze the chew up from the bottom of the foil and it pops out of the top, handy as none of the chews can stick together or if by some mishap any of the centre manages to escape from its confines then it will only contaminate the wrapper and not the whole bag.

            So, once you have made the decision as to which chew to eat first once it is in your mouth the initial taste is that of a regular Starburst, full of flavour and mouth-watering they are a familiar taste and one that you will recognise. It's when you bite into a choozer that the taste changes as your taste buds are bombarded by the contrasting flavour. I wouldn't say the liquid centre splashes out as that would be exaggerating, but you can definitely feel and taste it on your tongue. The runny centres do make a lovely contrast to that of the chew itself and the flavours mix together well to form a satisfying and tasty treat.

            Each of the Apple, Orange and Raspberry chews are well flavoured with the Apple being my favourite of the three, the Orange and Mango runny centres do taste of what they are supposed to and they really do provide a fruity, tangy hit that for me are very moreish. Starburst themselves describe the flavours as "explosive" and they are certainly a change from the rather boring-in-comparison alternatives.

            A 45 gram portion of Choozers will provide 178 calories and 2.8 grams of fat, the hanging bags are 150 grams, so with my basic grasp of maths I calculate that a serving to be approximately one third of the bag. Unfortunately I didn't count the individual chews contained in a bag to get an idea what a serving was because I forgot and also because they didn't stay around long enough to count - oops! Suffice to say I found it very hard to stop eating these once I started and they were absolutely delicious.

            These have been a revelation to me and I thoroughly enjoyed them, I would definitely recommend them to anyone who is fond of normal, regular chews as they make a fantastic change. Currently on offer as explained above but I would imagine that they are available in all the big supermarkets at a similar price. 5/5 Dooyoo stars from me, Id chooze them again! (groan!)

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              29.09.2009 11:55
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              Nice variation of a popular sweet.

              Years ago the star burst brand were known as opal fruit. They were popular sweets, and one day dramatically they underwent a name change to starburst.It may have been to become more of a european friendly name if they were trying to break the european market, as several brands also did this at the same time (for example Jiff changed to Ciff). The sweets themselves did not change however, and are still the yummy formula that many people have come to know and love.

              Star burst fruit chews are a deviation to the standard star burst sweets but not by much. The sweets are small and square with rounded edges. They are wrapped in papers individually, which means you have to unwrap them hurriedly before stuffing them in your mouth! I am not sure whether the wrapping is recyclable or not, but that would be a huge bonus if it was. The sweets are all different bright summer colours, like orange and red.

              The sweets are soft and chewy, a bit like fruitellas and chewits, if you have ever tried them. The difference here is that the sweets have a liquid centre. You bite through the chewy part and into a soft liquidy centre. It is a bit of a surprise if you are not expecting it as the liquid is colder than the rest of the sweet and a completely different texture and consistency. The inisde has a similar taste to the outside, very sweet and fruity. The inside flavour is made to correlate and match the flavour of the outer part.

              The sweets are nice, I get addicted to the sweet fruitiness of them, and end up eating the whole packet before I know whats happened, which is not good for my teeth! The two textures compliment each other as do the flavours. I know these sweets are a bit sickly for some people, which makes me not quite give them the five stars that some might argue they deserve!

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              21.05.2009 20:21
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              Not to my taste

              Wanting something sweet to satisfy my craving, I bought these 'Starbust Choozers' from Tesco since they looked intriguing and I hadn't tried them before.

              The packaging is red with 'Starburst' and 'Choozers' written across the front in large letters, along with a picture of one of the sweets cut in half with some juice oozing out the middle of it. The wrapper has bursts of yellow in it, and I have to say that it is quite eye catching! The catch phrase written on the back of the packet is 'The Chews That Ooze', giving us some indication of what is in store whilst eating the sweets.

              There are three different flavours of sweet in the pack; Orange and Mango, Raspberry and Orange, and Pineapple and Orange (good if you like orange flavoured sweets!) The sweets taste quite like the original starburst sweets - plasticy, chewy and sweet, but in the middle of them is some thick juice which 'oozes' out when you bite into them. The sweets are about 2cm long and are cylindrical in shape.

              The sweets were ok, but I did think they tasted very artificial. The Orange and Mango sweets were quite tangy and you can definitely taste the orange in them, but not much mango! The Pineapple and Orange ones were also tangy and this time I could taste the pineapple flavour but not the orange flavour, and these ones left the worst taste in my mouth. The Raspberry and Orange sweets were my favourite with a nice mixture of both of the fruit flavours evenly distributed within sweet, they were not very tangy which was a nice change to the other two. The Orange and Mango and Pineapple and Orange flavours left a strange, tangy, sharp, artificial aftertaste in my mouth which seemed to last for ages, which I didn't really like!

              The weight of the packet I bought was 42g and inside it is 10 individually wrapped sweets. 6 of them were orange and mango flavour so I don't think they were particularly evenly distributed! The wrappers are slightly see-through so you can tell which flavour you are getting.

              The sweets are made with real fruit juice, but this doesn't mean that they are any good for you! They are still full of E numbers and sugar, with 395 calories per 100g.

              The sweets are relatively new but are available from most supermarkets and cost around the 40p mark. It is also possible to buy them in a 160g packet for around £1.40.

              These sweets were ok, though I won't make a habit of buying them. They tasted too artificial and sweet for my liking, and had a tangy aftertaste which seemed to stay in my mouth for quite a long time! I don't recommend them.

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                18.05.2009 09:12
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                Still prefer the original Starburst though!

                I have always wanted to try Starburst Choozers since it first appeared last year. As Tesco is currently offering the sweets at £1.00 for a 160g bag instead of the usual £1.37, I decided to give it a try.

                I like the original Starburst chewy sweets, the individually wrapped sweets have a nice fruit flavour and the chewiness is very addictive. I could finish a whole tube of starburst sweets within minutes. Starburst Choozers is quite similar to the original version except that each sweet is filled with fruit flavoured liquid that is supposed to ooze out as you chew on the sweet.

                Starburst Choozers in the bag is individually wrapped and the oval shaped sweets is much firmer than the original starburst chews. However, as you chew on the choozers, it gets chewier especially when the fruit flavoured liquid contained within the sweet flows out and blend with the rest of the sweet. The flavours combinations are Orange and Mango, Raspberry and Orange, Pineapple and Orange. The other ingredients include: Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Invert Sugar, Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat, fruit Juices (3.7%) (Orange, Pineapple, Raspberry, Mango), Acidity Regulators (E296, E330, E331, E337, E451), Dextrin, Flavourings, Modified Starch, Maltodextrin, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Colours (E160a, E122, E104).

                I do like Starburst Choozers, it is as addictive as the original Starburst. The only disappointment is the pack does not contain equal number of flavours. There were only 4 pineapple and orange, 8 orange and mango and lots of raspberry and orange. I also wonder if there is any unfavourable effect from the E numbers contained in the sweet.

                In conclusion, though I like Starburst Choozers, the original Starburst will still be my favourite sweet.

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                  04.01.2009 16:06
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                  Just beautiful

                  To be honest I have to say that these sweets may have just become my most favourite sweet ever and that is truly saying something.

                  Starburst Choozers are a twist of the popular starburst sweets that used to be called opal fruits. Choozers have a runny liquid centre that is extremely fruity and juicy and are surrounded by a chewy shell like the popular starburst chews.

                  The Starburst Choozers come in a variety of flavours and are available in small tubes of around 10 sweets and also bags of around 30 or 40 sweets. Each sweet is individually wrapped in a foil wrapping either yellow, red or orange. The coloured wrapping corresponds to the flavour. The three flavours are orange and mango, raspberry and orange or pineapple and orange. One of the two flavours relates to the liquid centre and the other to the chewy outside shell.

                  Personally I recommend anyone who has a sweet tooth like me should try these at least once. The taste and texture may not be to your liking but it is definately worth a try.

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                    21.11.2008 13:02
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                    Starburst Choozers

                    The Chews that Ooze!!

                    Fruit flavoured chews with liquid centre made with real fruit juices.

                    Starburst Choozers are the new variety of fruit flavoured chews from the Mars Corporation. I am a big fan of sweets; especially fruit chewy sweets and one of the best varieties around have to be Starburst.

                    Starburst were originally know as Opal Fruits and I know many people who still lust whimsically after Opal Fruits and still have not embraced the name change. Opal Fruits were first produced in the UK in 1960. In 1976 they were introduced in the States under the brand name, Starburst and due to the fact that Mars wanted to standardize their product Opal Fruits were changed to the American name, Starburst in the late 1990's.

                    The original Starburst sweets can be described as fruit flavoured chews in a cube shape. These new Choozers are a little bit different. For one they are not cube shape, they are more of an oval shape. They are pretty much the same size as the original kind, not very big; each sweet is probably ½ inch wide and a ¼ of an inch in depth. The sweets come in a packet of probably about 10 or so sweets and each one is individually wrapped. They are wrapped in a type of clear waxy paper with the word Ooze written on them in black writing. Each packet contains a mixture of different sweets so you are guaranteed to get each flavour in the packet.

                    Originally Starburst/Opal Fruits only came in four flavours, strawberry, lemon, orange and lime. These new flavours are a mixture and different to the original and are described on the packet as 3 explosive flavours. They are as follows:

                    Raspberry and Orange
                    Pineapple and Orange
                    Orange and Mango

                    The flavours all work really well together and I think are a good combination. The colours of the sweets are all a pastel type colour, not bright like original Starburst.

                    The chews are not hard but they do have quite a solid consistency to begin with. It's only once you have them in your mouth and begin to chew that they become chewier. The liquid is contained in the middle of the sweet so if you bite them in half that is where you will find all the juice. The liquid I would describe as having more of a syrupy consistency to it, not thin liquid a fruit juicy but it is incredibly juicer and sweet and gives the whole sweet a very nice texture to it when you chew it all up in your mouth. The sweets are extremely juicy, whenever you eat one your mouth really seems to water and leaves a really nice taste in your mouth.

                    The packaging of these sweets is also quite youthful and fun and definitely would appeal to a younger connoisseur. The packaging is a bright red colour and Starburst Choozers is written on it. Underneath the Choozers word is a picture of a sweet cut in half with some of the juice dripping out to show you what you can expect from the sweets.

                    A package of sweets weighs 41g. The nutritional value of the sweets is then given per 100g. The amount of calories per 100g totals 395 so if you eat a whole packet of sweets you are consuming approximately 158 calories which I guess is not too bad compared to say a packet of Skittles which are well over 200 calories for about the same amount of sweets.

                    The sweets generally retail for approximately £0.35 and can be purchased at most convenience stores. I definitely recommend them, so go on, try something different today!

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                      10.11.2008 18:59
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                      wonderful

                      Starburst Choozers are bursting with flavour. There are three combinations, orange and mango, raspberry and orange, pineapple and orange. These are the most incredible sweets. All the flavours taste so different and go so well together.

                      You can get them from most supermarkets and news agents. They are offered at such a low price just under 40p. You get an incredible 41g in one packet. The packet is light red and a lovely background like starburst fireworks! One the back it tells you the ingredients and contact details. Once you have finished the packet it can be recycled. They stay fresh as they are individually wrapped so you don't have to eat them all in one day.

                      These are like the Opal fruits that they make except they are a newer version and taste much better with the addition of a liquid centre. Everyone likes a good treat so I treat myself to some every now and then. They are a very mouth friendly shape. (oval) The chew is very nice and soft. They are filled with a sweet liquid centre which bursts into your mouth when you bite into the chew. They are also pretty pastel colours. If you have not tried them yet I would give then a go.

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                        03.10.2008 10:59
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                        great new sweet

                        Starburst choozers are the new sweet from Starburst ( when I was younger Starbursts were known as Opal Fruits)
                        These sweets are very different from the previous chewy square shaped fruity sweets.
                        They are on special offer at the moment in a well known super market. You can get two 41 g packets for 50p.
                        They have a very bright cool wrapper and you could not miss them on the shelf.

                        These new fruity sweets are in a completely different shape they are more oval in shape. They are chewy sweets that when you bite into them they have a runny filling that oozes out.

                        They come in three different flavours. Orange and mango,raspberry and orange and pineapple and orange.
                        I think they are lovely. The sweets actually taste like the real fruit. You get a lovely chew in one of the flavours and as you bite into the centre a runny sweet fruity liquid comes out. The flavours that they have put together compliment each other very well. In my opinion the pineapple and orange is the best. Some people may find the liquid part of the sweet too 'sweet' but hey they are sweets!

                        I also like the fact that they are not to hard to chew, they are quite soft. Very nice fruity chews!

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                        Starburst with a twist!

                        I'm not particularly fruity - well, not when it comes to confectionary anyway. Chocolate is my weakness and nearly always my first choice when I need to satisfy a sweet craving.

                        Feeling sorry for myself this morning, I wandered to the local Co-op and picked up my usual 'I need cheering up' Bueno. But as I headed over to the checkout something else caught my eye. Instantly attractive packaging with a slightly tropical look jumped out at me. Bright, vivid colours complimenting a fun and eye-catching design...Starburst Choozers. Easily distinguished from the regular Starburst due to the mainly reddish-pink colouring (in comparison to yellow of the original variety), these are a product I have never seen or even heard of before. Something made me put the Bueno back and buy these instead. I must be feeling fruity today!

                        The 41g packet contains 10 individually wrapped sweeties - the wrappers being semi-transparent (so you can see the colour of each sweet) with the word 'ooze' written all over them. That's because these are "the chews that ooze!" I shall explain...

                        On opening the first Choozer I thought that it was a hard boiled sweet due to the shape and moulding. A Choozer is initially quite firm and if you suck it, the shape is maintained for quite a while (resisting the urge to chomp I can make one last for a whole 6 minutes!) but the outer is in fact of a chewy consistency, like a regular Starburst. Keep sucking and all of a sudden there's a divine fruity release as a liquid centre seeps through. A Choozer is a Starburst with an oozy fruit centre!

                        There are three varieties found in a packet... Orange & Mango (coloured orange), Pineapple & Orange (yellow), Raspberry & Orange (pink). Each one being very fruity - the kind of flavours that really get your tastebuds tingling and the saliva flowing.

                        Orange & Mango ~ A nice, zingy citrus flavoured chew with a strong taste of mango apparent when the liquid centre flows out. A glorious fruit fusion as the orange and mango are a nice combination.

                        Pineapple & Orange ~ The pineapple provides a very powerful base with quite a sour edge to it. It almost feels slightly 'fizzy'. I must admit the orange filling seems to be a little bit lost at first as the two flavours fight for dominance, but then the citrus hits you.

                        Raspberry & Orange ~ This one tastes initially like sherbert with a hint of raspberry yoghurt. It provides a sweet sensation but with a tangy twist. You can really taste the orange centre as there's more of a contrast between the two flavours.

                        So, aswell as being a different shape (a Choozer is more oval than square) they certainly have a lot more to offer than a regular Starburst. You get an explosive burst of intense fruitiness as part of the deal!

                        The Choozers would possibly benefit from even more oozy liquid centre (which is apparently made with real fruit juice) but that's just a minor gripe. And while we're on the subject of the filling, how they manage to get it in there remains a mystery. Close inspection reveals nothing - no trace of an 'injection' hole like you'd find on a jammy doughnut for instance. How do they do it?!

                        Another slight criticism is that a more even spread of the flavours would be good. My packet contained 5 yellows, 3 pinks and only 2 orange sweets. But hey, you can't have everything and I very much doubt that someone dishes them out by hand on the production line!

                        At approximately 45p for a pack these are great as a sweet treat. I find them to be highly moreish which is not something I would usually say about fruity offerings. 'Nutritional' values aren't too bad either. The packet gives info per 100g so I've roughly worked it out at about 2.6g fat per pack and 162 calories.

                        So, bye bye Bueno? I don't think so. I'd reach for the Choozers occasionally but on the whole nothing can beat a bit of choccie!

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                          18.03.2008 11:38
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                          Stick to original starbursts they are much better!

                          I am just about old enough to remember the days of opal fruits, a very nice chewy sweet that needed no change. To start with all they done was change the name to starburst which was ok, pointless but ok but then they started to tamper with the sweets themselves.

                          They removed some of the sugar whilst at the same time supposedly improving the flavour they then removed old favourite flavours and replaced them with others now finally they bring us the new idea.. Choozers, the chews that ooze!

                          In my opinion these sweets are horrible and I have yet to meet someone who likes them although I am sure I will get plenty comments on here from people who do.

                          For any one not familiar with the new chews in the starburst range these chewy sweets come in three flavours orange & mango - raspberry & orange and pineapple & orange. They are fruit flavour chews with a difference though; each one has a liquid centre made with real fruit juices.

                          The original idea actually appealed to me as I love fruit and anything made from fruit juice is usually something I would enjoy but these chews seem to have lost their chew almost completely and been replaced with much too much liquid centre.

                          The ooze from the centre of these chews is also a bit strong tasting for my liking and somewhat sour also. I think with more chew and less ooze these could work but the way they are now they get big thumbs down from me.

                          If you are looking for these in stores they will almost certainly be surrounded by the rest of the starburst range and can be identified by their bright pink packet with a smaller starburst logo than others to allow the word Choozers to be printed next to it.
                          Under the word Choozers you will see an artist's impression of a Choozer being opened to allow the liquid centre to run out.

                          These sweets are priced exactly the same as a normal packet of starbursts in my local paper shop (45p) but obviously like every other product will vary from store to store.

                          Thanks for reading!

                          ©2008 lynseyb

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