“ Brand: Starburst / Type: Chews „
Although I am a big chocolate lover I can also be partial to the odd packet of sweets. I really like fruity sweets and if they are a little on the sour side then that it just great for me. The last packet of sweets that caught my eye was the starburst tongue tangles. I like the original starburst fruit chew sweet and can even remember back to the days when they were called opal fruits so thought that I would give these a try.
I purchased the starburst tongue tangles from my local post office and they cost £0.55 for a 41g pack. I was a little surprised that they were so expensive but this may have been due to the fact that I purchased them from a smaller store where large shops tend to be a little more competitive with prices.
The sweets come in a foil wrapper which is bright orange on the outside with the starburst logo on the front with a picture and description of the flavour of each sweet inside. You can also find nutritional information and full ingredients listings on the packet too. Inside you will find the sweets individually wrapped in small waxy wrappers. The only problem that I found with the packaging is that you cannot tell which flavour sweet you are picking as the individual wrappers are all the same colour.
There are three different flavour sweets contained inside each packet, these are:
- Banana and Mango
- Blueberry and Lemon
- Apricot and Cherry
The sweets comprise of a chewy outside and liquid fruity centre, the outside being one flavour and the middle the other. The sweets are oval in shape and are a nice size to pop straight in your mouth.
Personally I loved these sweets as soon as u start to eat one you can taste the fruitiness straight away. And it is not long before the liquid centre bursts to give your taste buds another tangy fruit flavour. One thing I really did love about these sweets is that they are a little sour which I find just great as I much prefer that than sweets that are overly sweet and sickly tasting. I don't think that I have a favourite flavour out of the three I really did enjoy them all and the combination of the chewy outside and gooey liquid centre really is a great texture contrast. My packet of these really didn't last long and I will certainly be purchasing them again!
Ever had one of those weeks? The kind where you would quite happily knock back a strong drink at 10am on a Saturday morning to take the edge of things?! Yeah, I've just had one of those. Not quite wanting to knock back the strong stuff so early, I settled on a sugar overload instead... And these Starburst Tongue Tangles caught my eye whilst checking out my choices in the shop.
I paid £1.65 for a bag, which contained maybe 16 sweets. Seems a lot to pay for a bag of sweets but seeing as the cost of living is rising all the time... There weren't equal numbers of sweets either, there seemed to be fewer of the purple wrapped ones which happened to be my favourite. Like I said, one of those weeks...
Anyway, I opened up the bag to find the sweets were all individually wrapped, which annoyed me as I then had to open the individual wrapper too. At first I thought they wrap them individually so that it counts towards the weight and they can give you more packaging rather than product. Not so, after taking the first sweet out and realising my fingers were covered in a sticky substance oozing out from the little yellow sweet, I realised that was more than likely the reason for the separate wrappers. Each sweet was a little less than an inch in length and about half a cm in depth and width.
The yellow one - Banana & Mango
Immediate taste of banana flavouring, sharp and sour Mango taste which I'm led to believe by the packing is Mango flavour. I've never had a mango that taste's like that but it's tasty all the same.
The purple one - Blueberry & Lemon
Immediate taste of blueberry, very sweet until you get into the lemon flavoured centre. I like the sweetness of the blueberry outer coating - not so keen on the lemon centre though - reminds me of washing up liquid for some reason.
The orange one - Apricot & Cherry
The same sweet tasting outer shell as the previous two sweets but with a flavour I cant quite put my finger on. According to the packet it's apricot. It's not as immediate as the purple and yellow sweets and takes a while for the flavour to kick in. The sour cherry centre though seems to come through quite quickly.
So what did I think? They were okay but I wont be rushing out to buy another bag. The sour after taste lingered for a little too long and I had an overwhelming desire to brush my teeth after eating them. If I saw them on special offer, I might consider buying them again but for £1.65 - I'll stick to a chocolate bar for a sugar hit thanks!
Discovering these sweets was a happy accident. On my latest grocery shop online, I just happened to type in "Tangled" into the search engine, as my daughter is a big fan of the Disney movie, and I was looking for something nice to treat her with. Unfortunately, the store had no movie merchandise, but the search did produce a surprising result: these lovely sweets, Tongue Tangles, made by Starburst, or Opal Fruits if you are of a certain generation! The sweets are basically fruity chews with a tangy liquid centre. They come in a sharing bag and cost about £1 from most shops.
The sweets come in three basic flavours: Blueberry and Lemon, Banana and Mango, and Apricot and Cherry. Unlike regular Starburst sweets, which are square shaped and wrapped in quite ordinary looking wrappers, Tongue Tangles have delusions of grandeur with their smooth oval shape and glitzy, foil wrappers, which makes them look more like something special that you would have at Christmas. rather than an everyday sweet. The wrappers, I must admit were a bit fiddly to open, and my kids had some real problems with them. If your hands are even slightly damp or greasy, there is no way you will manage to open one of these wrappers, and may end up resorting to scissors in desperation. I think the glitzy wrappers are just too pretentious really, because if you saw one, you would expect a boiled sweet to be inside, rather than just a chew, which could be disappointing if you thought you were in for something a bit posh!
Despite the silly wrappers, these sweets are still fantastic, in my opinion, and what makes them extra special is the lovely sour, runny centre, that escapes as you bite into the chew. The centre is deliberately designed to provide a stark flavour contrast with the outer chew, so that you get a delicious, stimulating combination of flavours that works really well. A good example of this is the blueberry and lemon variety. The outer chew, the blueberry flavour, has a very smooth, creamy flavour, but as soon as you bite into the centre, you are hit with a sharp, sour, biting citrus hit that really livens up your mouth! As the two flavours combine as you chew, the contrasting flavours merge to produce a very tasty, moreish combination. Starburst have picked some great combinations, and I really loved the banana and mango, which was very smooth and tropical in flavour.
The nice thing about the sweets is that they have not deviated too far from the original Starburst Sweets. As soon as you pop one into your mouth, you can tell that they are Starburst sweets from the texture and smoothness of the chew. It is just that the liquid centre adds that extra twist that makes these sweets different to the norm, and it really works well.
The kids loved these, and so did I, but I'm not sure whether the very sour centres would be to every taste, particularly older people. These really are kiddie sweets, and unashamedly so, perfect for days out in the car, or taking to the theatre or cinema, as they are not likely to melt and make a mess, and the fact that they are wrapped means less cross contamination from germy young fingers.
I will definitely be buying these sweets again, and what began as a chance discovery is bound to become a firm favourite in our house. I just don't know why the manufacturers have not done more to promote this product, as I had never seen them before last week. I hope that they continue to make them, and I'd love to see what new flavour combinations they can come up with in the future. I would have given 5 stars for the sweet, but those silly wrappers have lost them a star.
Starburst Tongue Tangles
== How I came by them ==
Well on a trip to my local Tesco's for something for tea. I was suddenly informed by the o holy Buddah in belly that there was no treats within our house. So I set about locating some sort of treats to avoid being booted repeatly in my kidneys. So I set off down the aisles a quick look at the watch said it was 3pm hmmm I might just make it to the end of the aisle before the store closes as with carrying a baby around its like weighing a ships anchor you anit going to go anywhere very fast. But luck would have appeared to be on my side as I was in the sweet section. So after much browsing I noticed these starburst tongue tangles. Needless to say I waddled my way to the check out and purchased said sweets.
== What are tongue tangles- a new scout knot? ==
Well no there not a new scout way of tying your shoe laces. But instead a new crafty creation by the people at starburst. They are called tongue tangles. And come in 3 different flavours Banana & Mango, Blueberry & Lemon and Apricot & Cherry. They have the texture of chewits on the outside with gooey ooze in the centre that oozes out. On to the tongue creating a tangly feeling.
== How are they? ==
Well I absolutely adored them the way the that you bite into them and the goo runs all over your tongue and you soon end up eating the whole packet whoops don't tell the husband. I also like the fact they are also indivulaled wrapped and you get to pop them out and bite into the goo. The flavours also add a bit of mixture so you're not always eating the same flavour over defiantly wants to get these again. Also they contain real fruit juice and no artificial colours or flavours so not as bad as some sweets on the market
== Price ==
Well according to my supermarket these are currently only available in Tesco for £1.25 for a 135g packet which is not bad for a large packet of sweets.
Starburst Tongue Tangles Chews 45g