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Starburst Summer Fun Fruits

I admit, I’m a sucker for Starburst candies. Something about their chewiness and their intensely juicy flavors gets me every time. I’d choose them over fruit gummies any day as a kid, and that pretty much applied today as well. So when I saw this new roll of “Summer Fun Fruits”, I had to give them a shot!

Kiwi banana: The flavor is punchy with a big hit of kiwi banana right away. The kiwi is more sweet start and come forward first, and the banana is more subtle with it’s starchy sweetness and supports the bright kiwi flavor. It’s lovely.

Lemon-limeade: This starts our sweet with a lemony flavor that is fresh, juicy and zesty. The lime is more of an accent, it lends a bitter edge to the lemon which reminds me of key lime. there’s no hint of floor cleaner here, which is typical of some lime flavors, which makes me happy. It’s a wonderful flavor, and I loved it more than I thought I would. It’s yummy.

Cherry splash (tm): Not sure how this is going to be different from the normal cherry flavor in the other Starburst roll. Popping it into my mouth, I find out. This flavor is more…black cherry, than cherry. It still has that sharp fruitiness to it with a tart edge and that bitter red flavor to it, but this one is somehow more juicy and “real” than the other flavor. It’s very good.

Strawberry watermelon: I first taste the watermelon which is less artificial than I anticipated. The strawberry lends a bubblegum flavor to it, so the watermelon flavor tastes more authentic and sweet. It’s lacking that tart “Jolly Rancher” edge to it, and it’s most welcome that way. This is delightful with its flavors that are more sweet and delicate.

Usually when new set of flavors are released I’m pretty underwhelmed by them. That is not the case with these, I really enjoyed this roll of flavors. If you’re a fan of fruit chews, I recommend them.

Rating: Will Buy Again


Will Buy Again

Links Starburst Website


Goetze's Strawberri Cream Bag

Goetze’s is a company who’s caramel cream candies have always have a place with my sweet tooth. As a kid I would frequently choose one of their Cow Tail candies, as a treat. If you’ve never seen one, it’s like their traditional caramel creme, with the caramel chew on the outside and the creme filling, but in a slender, straw-like shape. It was great for long car rides.

Anyways, while I was at the All Candy Expo back in 2007, I tried these Strawberri Creme’s for the first time. I was impressed to say the least and sad to hear it was their least popular flavor. Which confused me since I really, really liked it. Since then I hadn’t seen it in stores at all. That is, until now.


Goetze's Strawberri Cream

The texture is wonderfully chewy with the center melting as soon as it hits your tongue. The texture is soft and thick and the chew is wonderful, as it doesn’t last too long to make your jaw hut, or dissolves too quickly.

The flavor is strongly of strawberry. I do get that same “flour” like flavor with this one as the original caramel creme, but it’s accented with a wonderful note of bright red berry flavor. The center is just sweet, and adds a wonderful creaminess to the candy. It’s simple, yet to the point. The berry flavor isn’t too artificial and the chewy exterior delivers the flavor and texture well.

I was pleased with it as much as I was when I first tried it a few years ago. I’m going to get my hands on another bag and I don’t see this around too much, and I want some on hand for when a craving strikes.

Rating: Will Buy Again

Will Buy Again

Links Goetze’s Website


Rainbow Sugar

I love this shot! It’s oddly angled, brimming with rainbow colors, and full of candy!


Nestle Fruit Pastilles Box

If you haven’t heard of these British Fruit Pastilles, then you’re in for a treat. They’re made by Rowntree, a branch of UK Nestle, and the name is often included in the candy’s name. It’s like Kleenex and Scott Towels. I tried these under recommendation of my boyfriend, who had them on is trip to England a few years ago (gosh, it’s been that long already?) and when we say them in the grocery store the other day he bought a pack for me to try. 

The fruit pastilles look like gummies and have a hard packed coating of granulated sugar on them. They’re hard, you can’t squeeze them, and they sound like dice when you roll them in your hand. They’re like dusted gems and are very nice to look at.

The texture of these, right away, it completely awesome. They’re thick, very chewy and only the tiniest bit sticky. They give a great chew, similar to a Starburst, but with the sugar coating it allows for more chew, and it’s really fun to eat.


Nestle Fruit Pastilles

Lime: Shaped like the currant, round with nubs on each end and green in color. It has bright notes of lime with that tartness following right after the initial sweetness. The flavor isn’t floor cleaner artificial thankfully, and it has an intense citrusy flavor.

Lemon: Shaped in a half moon slice and bright yellow. Very sweet and mild in flavor. The lemon is authentic, and only the tiniest bit tart at the finish.

Orange: Round and Orange. Starts off very sweet, and then the nice full, orange flavor kicks in. it’s not overpowering, and has a nice even flavor to it. Very tasty.

Strawberry: Strawberry shaped and red in color. Immediately flavorful, like a sweet strawberry jam. The taste starts off more floral then gets more intensely fruity and jammy toward the end.

Currant: Shaped like a real lemon, round with nibs on each end and dark purple in color. Oh, how I love that the purple is currant and not grape! The taste is immediately floral with rich, deep flavors of blackberries and raspberries. It’s a very rich, almost wine-like flavor. It’s so good. Love it.

These are awesome. Love then, they’re like a more convenient version of fruit pate. If you find them, I highly recommend trying them.

Rating: Will Buy Again


Will Buy Again

Links Rowntree Website


Skittles fizzl'd Fruits

The newest variety of Skittles is here and I’m sure all of you fans of this candy have tried these by now. I found this bag at my local gas station and since Skittles aren’t a candy I crave, they’ve been sitting in my candy pile and waiting for me all these weeks.

The package is pretty, with the rainbow popping beautifully off the dark blue background. I love the re-design of the Skittles packaging, and this one is certainly eye-catching.

The Skittles are…hmmm, dusty looking. They have a coating of fizzy sugar on them which gives them a white, powdered appearance.

The fizz is odd, to say the least. The Skittle hits your tongue and you feel an intense tingling that feels like a burn in your mouth. You feel the bubbles intensify, and they get stronger and deliver a bit of a salty taste, before they immediately dissipate and the normal skittle remains. Very strange.

So let’s discuss the flavors:

Berry Punch (purple): The fizz effect made this one sour and I could taste the berry flavor right away. It’s very nice actually, it’s rich with sweet blackberries at first, then the flavor of tart cranberry peeps through. Sadly, it ends on a horrid medicinal cherry note that reminds me too much of real cough syrup. Not, red, not metallic cherry, but cough syrup. Yuck.

Melon Berry (green): The fizz tastes salty here, and it has to dissipate before I taste the Skittle. The flavor is nice. It’s sweet, and it tastes of watermelon punch. Not quite that standard fake watermelon flavors, there’s something more tropical and floral to it. I’m reminded of Japanese melons candies.

Raspberry (blue): The fizz is sour, and I get a sweetness from it. The flavor is surprisingly sweet and berry like. It’s a nice blueberry blackberry mix, like a Slushie.

Strawberry (pink): The fizz is very salty on this one. The strawberry flavor is standard Skittle we all know and love. It’s sweet, nice berry notes with a floral accent to it.

Wild Cherry (red):
The fizz felt hot and it burns. The flavor is really…deep and like black cherries. Yes, it has that medicinal note to it, but it’s not anywhere near as bad as the berry punch flavor.

I feel the top of my roof getting raw after eating just a few flavors. I didn’t finish my bag.

I didn’t enjoy a majority of this candy. The fizz was strange and painful at times, and the flavors didn’t wow me enough to push through the odd Alka-Seltzer texture. If you like sour candies, skittles, and fizz, you might really enjoy these. 

Rating:  Not Worth It


Not Worth It

Links Skittles Website


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