“ Brand: Starburst / Type: Candy „
In my attempt to stop munching on so much chocolate and devouring all those calories, when I was out shopping last night I decided to go for something nice and sweet but chewy - I thought they might last a bit longer than a bar of chocolate... Especially since a Kit Kat is my new weakness! So when down the sweetie isle last night I decided on these instead of my usual Kit Kat's, now I actually have a bag of these but I was told to put the review here! So it's the same thing just in a bigger bag with more sweets in..
~*~ How Do I Spot Them? ~*~
That depends where you are, although despite the shop they are usually in the same place - down the isle with the sweets and chocolate! Usually in amongst the chewy sweets, like the Haribo and the Moaom. When you are down the sweet isle looking for these, look out for a milky pink packet with a big yellow Starburst logo on, exactly how it is on the normal packets of Starburst... Except the rest of the writing is much softer and rounder, explaining that they are ' Smoothies chews.' There is a big 'New' in the corner, but from memory I am sure they are not that new! On the front you have a picture of one of the sweets, and the rest of the ingredients that look like they are swirling in a smoothie... It definately gives you the idea of what they are!
~*~ What Are The Flavours? ~*~
There is a list on the pack of the packet telling you which flavours are included in the packet, and I have to say looking at them they don't seem very appetising...
Strawberry and Banana, they are the sweets in the yellow and pink packaging..
Strawberry, Blueberry and Yoghurt, they are the sweets in the purple and pink packaging...
Mango and Passionfruit, the sweets in the yellow and orange packaging...
They don't sound the most appetising combination of flavours now do they? Never been a fan of strawberry and bananas together but thought I'd give it a try anyway...
~*~ What Do They Taste Like? ~*~
Strawberry and Banana - This flavour is probably my favourite out of the three and that is saying something because usually anything with bananas in I turn my nose up at, purely because I don't think bananas have any place in sweets The banana flavour itself pretty much outweighs any strawberry flavour, which is a shame because it's not a good blend. As with every sweet in this packet they all seem very sour when you first put them into your mouth, which is not nice if you are eating them one after another. It is however very evident they are full of sugar after a few chews, and to be honest they just disappear it is almost like you haven't eaten them.
The strawberry, blueberry and yoghurt, are very much the same, the taste of yoghurt, well is there a taste of it? I can't seem to find it after eating the entire packet of them. It just tastes overwhelmingly of a sour fruit that cannot be distinguished as either a blueberry or a strawberry. The sweets the same as the strawberry and banana just disintigrate in your mouth, again it's like eating thin air and thinking well that left a nasty taste in your mouth...
The mango and passionfruit, well I was really disappointed in this flavour - I am quite partial to the J20 in the same flavour, so expected it to be reminiscent of that slightly. How disappointed was I, when I popped one in my mouth and it just tasted like a sour old orange rather than any mango or passionfruit...
The problem with these sweets as well as the unrealistic flavours is that they leave such a foul sour taste in your mouth. There is nothing nice about eating something that is not exactly pleasant then having to taste it for about 2 hours after. It leaves you needing some water straight away, even the strawberry and banana one that has the most taste. Now the after affects of these sweets apart from the after taste is that cloggy feeling in the back of your throat that they leave, it is a worse feeling than after you have had a really rich chocolate. Which is a shame because I really wanted to like these sweets... Instead I have converted back to chocolate, Cadburys Caramel it is!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
I got mine from tesco last night on offer for 62p for a 152g bag, this offer is half price - but I wouldnt want to pay anything over a pound for these. Even then I wouldn't want to eat more than one at a time, they would be fine if there is a group of you that are wanting to share a bag - even if it's just to complain about them afterwards... Don't buy them unless you are really desperate for something to chew...
You will find them in most supermarkets, and I think I have even seen them in places like homebargains for a very cheap price - then they might be worth it!
Oh dear! Where on earth do I start with these?
I was in Home Bargains today and saw at the end of the aisle a special offer. A large packet (not like the small packet featured here) of starburst smooth smoothies. The RRP is £1.37 for this large share pack against the RRP OF 39P for the tube above. Well here is the good bit (and this is pretty well were the 'good bit' ends). They were 29p. What a bargain I thought!!
Being careful not to knock over the granny, who had also noticed the bargain, I grabbed two packets. Feeling quite pleased with myself I put them in my basket, and went to pay for them and my other bits.
The packet itself is bright pink in colour and has blazoned across the front it says starburst smoothies chews. It also say New on the front, but I believe these have been around for about 12 months. Each packet is crammed with individually wrapped sweets.
The new starburst smoothies are available in three flavours - strawberry & banana; blueberry, strawberry, yoghurt; mango & passion - these have been merged with creamy yoghurt. The strawberry/banana flavour is in a pink and yellow wrapper. blueberry/strawberry and yoghurt is purple/red wrappers. The mango and passion is in a yellowish wrapper.
There are no artificial colours or flavours and each 100g (this packet had 170g) has 400 calories.
Well what did they taste like. Well personally I was so disappointed. I love starburst usually, but these were nowhere near as nice. Each sweet looked like a starburst, except that the sweet itself had been split into two colours. They also had a bit of a bitter taste. But the fresh summer juices that I love from starburst did not come out here. The lovely fruits make starburst what they are. By messing about with these flavours they have taken this positive aspect away from the chew.
I actually found them just mediocre. So much so, I have just left 1/2 bag, and am not inclined to try them again. Quite the opposite from my feel towards starburst. Why do these companies keep on trying to mess about with things? If it aint broke - don't try and fix it. Even at 29p I think they were too pricey!! Not recommended.
I spied these new Starburst Smoothies in the supermarket while looking for something sweet, and was intrigued by them, so decided to give them a go.
I am old enough to remember when Starburst sweets were named Opal Fruits, and I have been known to sometimes stubbornly insist on still calling them by that name. However, having said that I must say the name change didn't have any actual effect on the sweets - they are, and were, delicious.
Starburst Smoothies are a new variety to add to the Starburst range. One normal-sized (45g) pack, a tube containing individually wrapped sweets, costs 40p from Tesco. The pack is pink - bright and eye-catching.
The sweets inside are each dual-coloured and come in three flavours: strawberry and banana, mango and passionfruit, and strawberry and yoghurt. Quite random flavours - I'm not sure how they chose them, but they are fresh and fruity-sounding. I imagine some people might not like that there are 'only' three flavours, though personally they are interesting enough to please me!
The sweets themselves are delicious, with a fruity, smooth taste. They do bring smoothies to mind, although they are obviously not as healthy! I ended up eating the whole packet at once!
Each packet of Starburst Smoothies contains 181 calories and no artificial colours or flavours. They are suitable for vegetarians.