“ Brand: Mars / Type: Candy „
Today I have been fighting a headache for most of the day, and I feel rather lethargic......a sugar lift was therefore required, and I toddled over the road to the newsagent opposite my office. Normally I would, in these circumstances, pick up a bag of Haribo Starmix, but these caught my eye, and despite them being more expensive, at £1.59 a pack, compared with Haribo at £1.20 a pack, I bought them.
For those of us born pre 1980, starburst will always have a place in our hearts as "Opal Fruits"......closely followed by the phrase, "made to make your mouth water". They are individually wrapped chewy sweets, about an inch sqaure.
The twisted chews are a new version, and the packet claims "Tremendous fruity tastes twirl tightly to be teasingly, tongue tingling and tantalizing. Get your tongue TWISTED!!!". Sounds interesting, and could be an interesting quote to repeat when slightly sozzled.....
There are only three types of flavour in this pack - Blueberry and Banana, Strawberry and Lime, and Cherry and Lemon.
I can understand Strawberry and lime being worth trying - it is a flavour I have seen elsewhere. The sweetness of the strawberries and the sourness of the lime working quite well.....
Cherry and Lemon - hmmm.....sounds like throat pastilles.....both soothing, so ok, we will expect that one to work too.....
Blueberry and banana - not sure about that one. Why do those flavours go together. Indeed DO they go together? Time to taste and find out.....
Blueberry and banana is the first out of the bag.....It tastes fruity, but of what fruit I could not specify. It certainly doesn't taste of either banana or blueberry, both of which are quite distinctive tastes. It leaves my mouth feeling quite yukky, as it is not a "fresh" fruity taste either, not apple-like or citrussy.....Being generous, I would score this one 2/10.
Cherry and Lemon - the cough sweet flavours - next.......You can definitely taste the cherry in this one - not sure about the lemon though, the cherry is quite strong. Theses remind me of fizzy sweets but without the fizz.......not bad, but due to the lack of lemon they can only get 3/5 for effort. Quite and aftertaste too that is not entirely pleasant.
Strawberry and Lime - the one I would expect to work well. Again, a good taste, this time of strawberry, but I can't seem to get lime coming through at all. If I didn't know different, I would say that these were just stawberry alone. Having said that, the aftertaste on the roof of my mouth is unpleasantly sharp - perhaps the lime is just making a late appearance? Again 3/5.
So, not too impressed really.....I want to write something positive, but the only thing I can find is that they contain No artificual colours or flavours, and are suitable for vegetarians.
Shame then, that they DO contain hydrogenated vegetable fat. I won't be buying them again.
I am giving them three stars overall for taste, but knocking another star off for the Hydrogenated vegetable fat use.......there is surely no need for this awful ingredient.....
All in all, I am disappointed - I wish I had stuck with the Haribo.......
I love sweets but do not buy them all that often anymore. I have a sugar intolerance and they send me a little crazy shall we say?! I do still buy them occasionally as a treat. I love Starburst Twisted Chews. They are truly scrummy!
Starburst (Opal fruits to those who can remember the good old days!!) are really fruity and very chewy - exactly what you want from a fruity chew sweet really! The Twisted Chews from the Starburst range are made of two distinct flavours that are then twisted into one sweet. I find that some flavours compliment each other perfectly and others not quite so much - but it is all a matter of personal preference and none of them are not edible! The new flavours are:
Lemon and Cherry
Blueberry and banana
Strawberry and lime
I find that eating these sweets makes my mouth water. They are so fruity and juicy. In fact, my mouth is watering now just thinking about them!
They cost 35 pence for a small bag or about one pound 50 pence for a large bag. They are pretty much inline with other chewy sweets on the market but quite unusual. Definitely worth a try!
Tremendously fruity tastes twirled tightly to be teasingly tongue tingling and tantalizing.
Well, that's a mouthful if ever I've heard one and even more of a mouthful if your mouth is full of the sweets it is referring to. Lost, ok so am I.
Starburst Twisted Chews 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.
If you are unfamiliar with Starburst they can be described as fruit flavoured chews in a cube shape. They are 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. 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. I don't know anyone who liked the lime flavour but I'm sure there are some of you out there!! Flavours have been added over the years and this review will focus on the flavours contained in the Starburst Twisted Chews range.
The name Twisted refers to the fact that these sweets are made up of two flavours each and twisted together to give a taste explosion!
The new flavours consist of:
Blueberry and banana
Strawberry and lime
Cherry and lemon.
The flavours I think are all quite unusual together and not always put together in different varieties of sweets so I think it's really a good combination choice by the makers of 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. I like this fact about the sweets; they become very chewy and very tasty.
The sweets are extremely juicy as well, whenever you eat one your mouth really seems to water and leaves a really nice taste in your mouth. This gels with their current marketing slogan which is, "Get your juices going." Well, with these sweets you definitely do!!
The packaging of these sweets is also quite youthful and fun and definitely would appeal to a younger connoisseur. The packaging is a bright blue colour and Starburst Twisted is written in a swirl which alludes to the twirled taste combination. Each sweet is then pictured on the packet with two colours to depict the two different flavours mixed together. For example, the blueberry and banana sweet is purple and yellow, the strawberry and lime red and green and the cherry and lemon red and yellow.
A package of sweets weighs 45g. In a full packet there are 181 calories so not too low/not too high, about what you would expect from a sweet treat.
The sweets generally retail for approximately £0.35 and can be purchased at most convenience stores. You can also buy the twisted chews in a 180g bumper pack (much like the ones you get at the cinema) and these are generally about £1.50 ish.