Not happy with a near monopoly in the chocolate and luxury ice-cream markets , Mars AKA Masterfoods , further expanded their Starburst range of confectionary , this time entering the world of hard boiled candy in the form of Starburst Flipsters . -*- The packaging -*- Packs come in two sizes , pocket ( 55g ) at a cost of 36p and grab bag ( 200g ) at a cost of 99p . A pocket pack contains 9 sweets , giving an average cost of 4p per sweet . Each pack is dual red tone , with Flipsters written in bright blue , and the traditional Starburst logo clearly evident , and of course representation of the the product and flavours . Quite eye catching ( it did the trick for me ! ) . There are four colours / flavours : Green - apple Purple - forest fruits ( blackberry & blueberry ) Red - raspberry Orange - Peach . -*- But why call them flipsters ? -*- Well each sweet has two layers . The upper layer is white and has the Starbust 'S' stamped into it . This layer is a creamy vanilla flavour . The second layer is the fruit flavour . This layer is sharp and extremely realistic in taste , yet not too sharp to make you whince . By 'flipping' the sweet in your mouth , you 'flip' between the tastes , and the contrast is of perfect balance . -*- Lastability -*- Each sweet will last in excess of 5 minutes , so you actually do get very good value for money . -*- E's and other things -*- Strange one this . The UK market allows manufacturers the honour of not having to list 'E' numbers , and on this occasion Mars have not included them , and gone down the road of listing the colours used by name only . Suffice to say , each colour is an 'E' and seven are used in these sweets , along with three acids ( on this subject , they use acids , then have to use acidity regulators - WHY ? ) . So with this in mind , make your own mind up . -*- As for manufacturer details -*- Mars UK Slough SL1 4JX Hope you enjoyed the read , now go out and try these , you will love them .
The sweet mutations continue! I don?t wish to alarm you ? sweets haven?t been exposed to dangerous levels of radiation resulting in monster packets of Smarties eating small children in a bizarre yet ironic fashion. Instead new products are being spawned from already established names and brands. Why launch a new product no-one has heard of when you can slap on a recognised popular name, meaning more people will venture to buy it? It makes sound marketing sense. Some of the offspring of this process are the yummy Starburst Flipsters. So you could think of them as being Opal Fruits Flipsters if you prefer the old name for Starbursts. I am but an impoverished student, more usually found munching away at Tesco Value Midget Gems and the like. Now nice as they are, and full of lovely colourings to keep me awake long into the night, more expensive branded sweets are yummier. So how did I get my hands on Starburst Flipsters you ask? Ahh well they were two bags for £1.50 at Tescos. Run, quick, while the offer is still on! For those of you who are still here, the op shall continue? *What are they?* That is a good question. Well the bag describes them as ?Starburst Flipsters Hard Candy?, with the equivalent of a tagline below that yelling ?Taste The Burst?, the traditional Starburst slogan. So far we have established that they are hard candy and something to do with Starbursts, it?s a good start. The top of the shiny red foil bag is covered up by a large Starburst logo, just in case you missed that these are related to Starburst in some way. Below all the writing are some pictures of the Flipsters themselves, along with the fruits whose flavours they bear. Thus they are fruit flavour hard candy. Mystery solved. *On to the sweets...* Well once you open the bag you are confronted by lots of little individually wrapped Flipsters. This is probably for the best as it stops them sticking together in a big messy clump. The mini wrappers ha
ve the same colour packaging as the main bag, except for a little ?frill? down the edges. They are one of four colours, corresponding to the flavour of sweet inside. That?s nice as you can then tell what flavour sweet you have without having to tear the wrapper. When you do come to open it, the ?frill? tears quite easily, freeing the Flipster. Aww now I think Flipsters look quite cute. I have here in front of me now a green one. It is about the size of a 10p piece, but obviously not quite so flat. It has a bright green clear ?base?, for lack of a better term, topped off with a white ?lid? layer. The white bit is indented slightly and it has an S on it for, you guessed, Starburst. The bright colours combined with the white ?lid? remind me of children?s toys for some reason ? like the plastic stacking rings. *Can you taste the burst?* Well that is what the slogan says is going to happen, so is the taste bursting? I would say that it was. I am now eating the green Flipster that posed so nicely as a model for me to write about. Green is apple flavour, and there is a definite burst of apple flavour as soon as it touches your tongue. I like apple so I love them, but it is not a common flavour for sweets so I could understand if not everyone likes these ones. The orange colour ?frill? corresponds to peach flavour, and again there is a burst of fruit flavour. I must say I would have said they were orange flavour, but it is still a nice fruity taste. The red wrapper contains the raspberry flavour sweets. Nice fruity raspberry/strawberry flavour ? I can?t really tell the difference between the two but I like the taste of these red ones. Finally is the purple ?frill? wrapper, which corresponds to the final Flipsters flavour - forest fruits. Try saying that while you are eating one. Very strong berry flavour, much nicer than the usual blackcurrant you get with purple colour sweets. The thing that makes Flipsters stand out is the whi
te layer on the sweets. While the clear coloured section contains the fruity burst of flavour, the white layer is more creamy. It is very slightly vanilla-ish I would say. But this white bit compliments the fruity section and just takes the edge off of what might otherwise be an overpowering flavour. In conclusion to the flavour section: they are very yummy and an open bag won?t last for long! *So what have they got to do with Starburst then?* I have been asking myself this question. All I can come up with is that they are made by the same people, Mars, and fruit flavours are involved. They just like the Starburst brand name I guess. *Overall* Starburst Flipsters are great ?sucking sweets? ? when you don?t want to be chewing away at toffee for ages, or getting all messy with chocolate. These would be good on a long car journey for example. If you can resist the temptation to crunch them they should last for a good 5-10 minutes per sweet. They are usually around 99p for 140g bag, but as I said they are two for £1.50 at Tescos now! The earlier people might have beaten you to them by now though...
Ok so I tried this 'new' Starburst creation. Very nice flavoured, cute colouring and packaging. Everything would be ok. Except the sweets are hard. Hard sweets bore me. Why cant they be a nice chewy texture? or soft and gummy? the flavour is too nice to waste on hard sweets, this isnt the age of hard sweets. I want chewy! With other starburst products, I have continued to buy the product (at least for a while) after the first try. In fact, I was once obsessed with the main 'Starburst' (used to be Opal Fruits or something). They are very nice. Imagine trying to eat a whole pack of these flipsters though? I can only eat a few before im bored. Not recommended as highly as most other sweets im afraid.
I love flipsters They make me smile To find a packet I’d hop a whole mile. I eat them for lunch And also for tea And sometimes I eat them On my grandpa’s knee. Purple are lovely But red ones are best I always eat green ones While wearing a vest The yellow are nasty And taste just like wee I give them to auntie Who eats them with glee Oh flippies, oh flippies I love you so much I need to be near you To stroke and to touch Your beauty astounds me Your taste is divine Oh flippies, oh Flippies Forever be mine.
Ahhh, the life of a temp huh? There’s nothing quite like stepping into someone’s metaphorical shoes for a week to make you feel at home. Now that I’ve given up smoking I’m at a bit of a loss as to what to do with myself at the usual break times. This isn’t a bad thing, but it does mean that I’m drinking a whole lot more cups of tea than is good for me. I’m not really a sweetie kind of person, and especially not for hard sweets, I’m not a cruncher, I guess that makes me a sucker then! All things said, it’s a bit odd that these sweeties caught my (figurative) eye while in the little shop here. They’re called Flipsters by Starburst; translation to all you other grown-ups out there, that’s Opal Fruits to you. Although that may make things confusing as it’s merely a name and they’re really nothing like Opal Fruits so I’m led to believe. What with these being new and not chewy and in a different style pack, different shaped sweets and with different flavours. Erm, so aside from all these minor differences they’re practically identical. Anyway, the packet’s rather nice. A standard tube of sweets (containing 9 if I’m not mistaken). The usual Starburst logo with the kissy lips in the four standard colours of Opal Fruits…whoops, Starburst. Flipsters in huge capital blue letters emblazoned across the whole packet. The majority of the rest of the packaging is silver, with red ends and various fruits depicted. All the usual nutritional information can be found on the underside – it was actually something in the list of ingredients that made me purchase these. The lack of mention of the word ‘blackcurrant’ for you see folks, I hate blackcurrant and as such if I ever purchase a packet of sweeties with blackcurrant ones in it, they usually make up over 50% of the total sweets, therefore deducting from the amount I can eat
. Which is a real shame as the purple ones always look so enticing. Y’know, once, I purchased a packet of Skittles™ that only had 4 non-purple ones in it…grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ++++++++DULL STUFF++++++++ Per Pack, expect to get 37g of sweet goodness plus…… Energy 6.17 kj / 145 kcal Protein 00.0g Carbohydrate 36.3g Fat 00.0g This works out at around 16 calories per sweet, which ain’t bad when you consider the number of calories in your average biscuit/ Ingredients Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Fruit Juices (Apple, Peach, Raspberry, Forest Fruit), Acis (Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Lactic Acid), Flavourings, Acidity Regulators (Sodium Lactate, Trisodium Citrate), Colour (Quinoline Yellow, Sunset Yellow, Allura Red, Brilliant Blue, Brilliant Black, Titanium Dioxide), Vegetable Oil +++++++++END OF DULL STUFF++++++++ These boast that they’re a ‘fruit flavour hard candy with real fruit juices’ which tells me two things. One, up until this point, I’ve been using the term ‘sweeties’ and this would obviously upset the good folks at Mars who deem it ‘candy’. And two, there’s real fruit in these?! According to the packet this real fruit juice makes up 2.5% of the overall product. Perhaps a little lean on marketing there as technically it’s true, but it’s hardly life-changing is it? 2.5%. If I said I ate 9 ¾ mars bars and ¼ of an apple**, it’s not a healthy portion of fruit to sugar – and that’s the same division as in these sweets. And yes, I do know that there’s natural sugar in fruit and that may make my comparison thingy a little confusing, especially as there’s sugar a plenty in chocolate too, but I digress… enough of this rambling, I suspect you all know that sweets just are never going to be that healthy for you. Cor, these look good. Each candy is indivi
duall y wrapped in a clear cellophane wrapper. They are about the size of 20p pieces and they look like buttons off of a childs coat. Mainly clear(ish) coloured candy with a brilliant white button implanted in the top of them. The buttons have ‘S’ on them, which I assume stands for sweet! I DID get nine candies in the pack, not an equal division of flavours though with 4 red ones; two green, two blacks and only one orange one. To someone with my peculiar habits this means that I’ll have to munch three reds, one green and one black before I can try the orange one Oh dear, what a hardship. Red one first….A tad difficult to open really, which is annoying, but it also means that when they spill out in your bag/pocket you shouldn’t end up with sticky thing. It’s been heat-sealed and there’s no breaking into this baby. Oh, I’m in! Actually, just popping it in my mouth made my fingers sticky so it’s probably good about the wrapping being so unyielding. The flavour is amazing; this one is the raspberry flavour. The white side has a discernibly different flavour but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Not that I want to put my fingers in my mouth when I’m sucking a sweet you see. Again, talking about the white side it has a creamyness to it. Of course, the white side is opaque and the other side clear so there may just be something in the theory of it tasting creamy. These put me in mind of those sweets with the swirls on them, strawberry and cream Campers? Pampers? Dampners? I dunno, I’m sure you do though. At first the flavour of the fruit was quite overpowering, but now the mixture of the two sides is really quite a good balance. Although I must say, I don’t know if it’s because it’s the smaller part or even if it’s because it’s made of different ingredients, but the white bit had disappeared long before the red bit had. I
wandered off to get a cup of tea after I’d finished it and I did notice then a rather pleasant Black one now. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not keen on putting black things in my mouth, Mr Fish forbids it! Charred stuff is a no no as is everything black flavoured apart from liquorice. Well, flavour wise, this one is just like the first one when I pop it in my gob. Ahhhh, there we are, now it’s been in my mouth a few moments the flavour has has time to develop and it’s a lovely berry style flavour now. Nice. Next on the list is the green one, now I’ve deduced the flavours of the sweets so far prior to consumption by comparing the real fruit juice from the ingredients and the colour, I guess this one’s apple. I’m not overly fond of apples. I don’t like real ones very much and I hate synthesised apple flavour/scent even more. But as far as apple sweets go, these are alright, in fact I’d go so far to say they’re quite nice. Although I think it’s the addition of the white creamy bit that makes it tolerable for me, on it’s own it wouldn’t be to my taste. Finally the solitary orange (coloured) one, the peachy one I guess. Good things come to those who wait ‘they’ say, but they come even quicker if you scarf the rest of the sweets down quickly in order to try all the flavours. Well, this tastes just dandy too, but not like the comic. I’ve finally worked out that the white bit reminds me a little of vanilla, but a very subtle taste. But what I must say is on the whole, I’m mostly impressed with these sweets because as far as candies go, they are actually very true to flavour of the fruits they’re supposed to represent in terms of flavour. I dunno, maybe that 2.5% made all the difference after all…who can tell? In summary, each sweet will weigh about 4g; will supply you with around 16kcal and will cost you
around 3p. G reat stuff all round me thinks. Try ‘em you may be surprised! I wouldn’t recommend giving these to young children though as they could prove to be a choking hazard (unless you happen to want to provide a small child with a choking hazard in which case they’re more than suitable for the job) **I assure you, no apples were tortured or consumed in any way for the purpose of this (or any other of my) opinion(s) (They would have got 5 stars, but they lost one for only having one peachy flavoured one in the pack)
Double sided fruity boiled sweets.