Starburst has been busy with it’s new releases as of late, hasn’t it? I spied these on the shelves about the same time as I saw the new Sour & Sweet roll, and, in my typical Candy Enthusiast fashion, I had to try them. As I express before, I’m not too keen on sour candies, but I enjoyed the regular Gummi Bursts so much, I was actually eager to give these a try.
The sour variety have the same sort of eye-catching packaging as the original. This time with a nice spring green background showcasing the nice reds, oranges, and greens of the candies inside. They stand out nicely amongst all the other sweets in the store, and dare I say, more than the original flavor’s package.
Taking out the candies to examine and eat, I notice they do look and feel about the same as the the normal Gummi Bursts, but completely sanded with sugar. The “S” on top is no longer noticeable from this coating, which makes me sad, since I thought it was a nice visual detail. The pieces are squishy to the touch. Once in my mouth, the pieces are nice and gummi with the liquid center feeling slick and cool. Still didn’t get a “burst” with these, but that’s ok, it’s still a catchy name.
Green Apple: A medium sourness with nice fruity notes. It reads nicely as green apple, and not fake “Jolly Rancher” apple. I like it. The sour flavor wear offs with the sugar coating, and the chew then becomes lightly sweet and smooth.
Strawberry (red): I thought this one would be watermelon, but I was mistaken. The color threw me off! This is juicy, perfumey, and very “red licorice” in flavor. It tastes like a mix of the regular cherry and strawberry Starburst chews. The sourness isn’t too harsh, which is nice since no one likes sour strawberries. Right?
Watermelon (red orange): A nice floral, more berry-like flavor which is “red” and sweet. I ate this and felt confused, since I was pretty sure the last flavor was strawberry, yet this tastes more of berry than melon. Hrmmm.
Tangerine (orange): Oh yum! This is punchy, zesty, citrusy and captures that authentic tangerine tang. The sour really adds to it and it makes the flavor so realistic. The best of the bunch. Sadly, I only go tone of these in my whole bag. Why does this happen all the time? FAIL.
I liked these, though they aren’t going to knock the regular chews out of my top pick. Still, if I felt the need to eat something sour, I’d certainly choose these over the new Sour & Sweet mix. The flavors are so much better.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Starburst Website
The Lifesavers jelly beans are one of the flavors I looked forward to trying the most. Unlike Jolly Ranchers and SweeTarts, I’m actually a big fan of Lifesavers, ever since I’m a little kid. I ate every flavor in the roll when I was treated to one, even the green one that most people would try and trade away for another flavor. This was back in the day when the Five Flavor roll consisted of cherry, lemon, orange, pineapple and lime. Ah, those were the days.
There’s a large flavor variety of flavors in this one bag, eight to be exact. I like the fact that there’s lots to choose from, but at the same time, I feel a little overwhelmed. I think it’s funny how there’s flavors included in this mix that you can’t find in the normal Lifesavers hard candies, like the Peach. I could be mistaken though, as it’s been a bit since I last examined the rolls in the checkout lane in the supermarket.
The beans are a nice shape and are very bright and colorful. They are very glossy, and therefore I find them very attractive.
Strawberry (pink): very tart, fruity and jammy. It’s very syrupy sweet and really reads as a “pink” flavor.
Apple (green): Right away this flavor is very sour and zesty with strong apple flavors. It tastes like a tart apple cider with a slight artificial edge to it.
Peach (light orange): This flavor is very perfumey and juicy. It has an intense, and surprisingly authentic flavor.
Grape: The flavor is mild, but comes across as very rich, deep and jammy flavors. My thoughts immediately run to concord grape jelly.
Pineapple: This is like the real Lifesaver with a very authentic pineapple flavor combined with a good tartness.
Cherry: So loyal to the cherry Lifesaver, it’s incredible. Tart, fruity with a very acute fake metallic flavor.
Orange: Also very faithful to the Lifesaver candy, this is so bright and juicy. I love it! The flavor is so zesty I want to call it Tangerine as opposed to orange.
Lemon: So zesty, sweet and flavorful of juicy fresh lemons. Wowoza. This is what all lemon candy should taste like.
I really, really enjoyed these. I liked the ability to get some of my favorite Lifesavers flavors in a new texture. It’s exciting and makes me fall in love with Lifesavers and jelly beans all over again.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Lifesavers Website (Candystand)
More jelly beans! Yay! These are another variety on the market now for Easter that are based on a pre-existing candy and have taken the flavors and translated into jelly beans. The package is really attractive and even thought it uses the traditional SweeTart colors and design, it comes across still as very festive for the holiday.
The beans are about a normal size, like a chubby peanut. Right away I notice that the colors are odd. They’re pastel neon, if you can wrap your head around that, and are completely opaque. They do have the same faded “look” like the original SweetTarts. The beans are also not very shiny at all, which doesn’t make them as attractive as they could be. I’m reminded of wasabi peas when I look at the green one.
The texture of these are also pretty strange. The outer shell is crunchy and crumbly, and it dissolves almost immediately off the jelly center. It has this cool feeling to it and it melts away on the tongue.
Grape (lavendar): Very light in flavor, yet very sour. It’s dreadful, to be completely frank about it. It doesn’t taste like grape at all and it just reads as “medicinal” to me.
Cherry (pink): Flavor is very sour and tart. The taste exactly like the Flintstones Vitamins of my childhood.
Orange: Light creamy flavor that’s very mild. Think of it as a very watered down creamsicle.
Lemon: Nice and tart with a fake metallic edge to it. It tastes more like lime or bad lemonade powder to me.
Green Apple: This one is really well done. It’s not fake tasting at all to me, but very mild with fresh notes of apple and pear.
Blue Punch: Wow, a blue flavor that isn’t raspberry! It’s nicely mild, sweet and fruity. It’s very tropical and has that iconic fruit punch note to it. My favorite of the bunch.
These are great if you’re already a fan of SweeTarts, but since I’m not, I didn’t enjoy them. I wouldn’t even find them attractive in an Easter candy dish since the colors are so strange.
Rating: Not Worth It
Links Wonka Webpage
Just Born makes a lot of fun Easter candy, most notably the Marshmallow Peeps. They’re also the sweet masterminds behinds many jelly beans that I find around, like the Hot Tamale Spice Beans and ones that are sold as is, like the kind I am reviewing today.
I find that even though these beans aren’t associated with a specific brand, Just Born still makes the packaging appealing and festive. The rabbit tossing back a few beans in utter delight is a nice illustration and touch.
These jelly beans are lovely to look at. They’re the same size as the Hot Tamale beans: about the size of chubby peanuts. They have a beautiful sheen and the overall color scheme of the assortment is beautiful, festive and eye catching.
The texture is nice and chewy, and only slightly sticky. The beans last a good length of time in the mouth too, so they don’t dissolve too quickly, which is something I really appreciate.
Green Apple: Immediately tart with bright zesty notes and a rush of fruity flavor. It reads more like lime than apple to me. Very strange.
Cherry: Sweet, fruity and bitterly metallic. It tastes like a cough drop to me.
Pineapple: I’ve looked forward to this one so much! The flavor is very intense with sweet, juicy authentic flavors with that hint of pine.
Lemon: The flavor smacks you right away with a fresh lemon flavor. However, it lacks that zestiness I love in lemons. Instead it’s mild and sweet.
Orange: Like the lemon, this also lacks that zest I love in citrus fruits. It’s a smooth flavor with a mild presence.
Grape: This is very juicy, fake and metallic. It’s also strikingly sour.
Strawberry (pink): Very bright, fruity, and lightly perfumey. It reads as a delicate strawberry flavor, yet it wasn’t as jammy as I hoped.
Licorice (black): I love licorice beans and this one is no exception. It’ sweet with strong herbal and molasses notes to it.
What can I say, as odd as this mix may come off to some, it’s just perfect for me. It contains most of my favorite flavors and the texture is just spot on. This just might become my favorite Easter jelly bean mix.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Just Born Website
I was pleasantly surprised and excited to find that Jelly Belly was releasing a new flavor mix based on the Sunkist line of citrus flavors. A couple years ago Jelly Belly had bought out the Sunkist candy line and have since tweaked the Fruit Gems packaging and the flavors. Thankfully, for the most part, the flavors and idea of Sunkist candy is still faithful to the idea of tasty fruit and citrus jellies. These new Jelly Belly Beans flavor is no exception.
First, I like how the flavors are translated from one jelly candy to another. Sure, fruit pate and jelly beans have the same origins with Turkish Delight, but the fact that granulated sugar covers one and a panned shell the other, still makes them different in my mind. It’s fun to experience the flavors in a way that feels new to me.
True to all the Jelly Belly line, these beans are made with real juices, citrus oils and pulp. Or so totes the press release. Also, each 40 gram serving of this mix provides 25% of you DV of Vitamin C. I guess anything to make candy seem healthier, right?
Sunkist Lime: Pleasing with it’s bright light green color. The flavor is immediately tart, bitter and zesty. Unmistakeably lime.
Sunkist Pink Grapefruit: Wonderfully tart, sweet and juicy like a real grapefruit. It has that nice acidic edge to it along with bitterness you get from the pith. Beautiful.
Sunkist Orange: Very smooth and sweet flavor. I almost want to say it’s creamy because the flavor is absent of that citrus zest I associate with oranges.
Sunkist Lemon: The lemon is surprisingly sweet and juicy. No tartness or zest at all that I associate with lemons. Then I had another one and found it to be quite sour. Interesting.
Sunkist Tangerine: This has the tartness that I was expecting the orange to have. It’s still only a slight tartness, but it did carry that extra sweetness that tangerines have.
I wish I had some of the Sunkist gels on hand to compare these to. Alas I don’t, so I’ll save that for another day. These flavors stand beautifully alone as well, so if you’re a citrus lover, this is the mix you’ve been dreaming of. The press release says you can start seeing the mix in stores in February and March, so keep your eyes peeled!
Be sure to check out Cybele’s review of this mix as well.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Jelly Belly Website