June 2011
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Starburst Fiesta

I found this package of Starburst Sweet Fiesta in the same store as I found the Skittle Blenders from last week. The discovery took me by surprise, and I was totally excited to give these a taste. I’d seen pictures of them floating around the internet, with no indication of where they were found. I snatched up a roll of these and happy went to the checkout.

I am a long time Starburst fan, so it’s a candy I am always willing to return to. My favorites are the original flavors and the “California Fruits”, the name they went by in the ‘80s when I was a kid, or “Baja” fruits as they called them before they discontinued them. It’s the one with the blue on the packaging in case you remember. Starburst does limited edition flavors every so often. There was Starburst Retro, Starburst Twisted, Starburst Smoothies, Starburst Berries & Crème….yeah, you get the idea. So I am unsure of these Sweet Fiesta flavors are a one in a blue moon thing of if they actually have a permanent place in the Starburst family.

So here we have “Sweet Fiesta” flavors. The packaging is nice, using the purple color to highlight the new flavor and to keep things colorful. The flavor list took some turning of the package to find, but it lists Cherry Mango, Peach Guava, Melon Berry and Strawberry Pineapple. Ok, call me skeptical but none of those really scream “fiesta” to me. Most are more mundane fruit flavors splashed with some tropical ones. Eh, we’ll see once I taste them I guess.

Cherry Mango (red): The taste is sweet and very start at first. it’s sweet, then the sweetness grows into what taste just like cherries and mango, which, mushed together, tasted like tropical punch. Tasty!

Peach Guava (orange): I’m excited about this one. The taste is immediately sweet and juicy at first. The flavor of the peach shows pup and softens the tartness notes. The guava is unnoticeable to be honest, and the flavor gets really tart and starts to taste like pineapple. This isn’t something I was expecting. I was hoping this would be very juicy and tropical tasting, but nope, it’s pineapple.

Strawberry Pineapple (pink): Starts of tasting like the regular strawberry flavor, but with more tart, juicy notes of the pineapple. I have to say that the strawberry is the more dominant flavor of the two, but you still get a nice taste of the other, so it’s a good blending.

Melon Berry (green): Tastes of honey dew melon to start. The flavor is sweet with only a slight tang to it. I get more “berry notes” in it towards the end, and they just taste more “fruity” than of any specific berry. Still the melon part is very nice, with juicy flavors and a floral edge to it. Yummy.

The flavors were good but not enough to “wow” me. I was looking most forward to Peach Guava and it ended up not tasting of the fruit at all, which was disappointing. Still, it’s a solid selection of Starburst flavors, so if you’re a big fan I’d recommend trying them. These were yummy, just not what I was hoping for. Can I have my Baja California Fruits flavor back please?

Rating: Will Eat Again


Will Eat Again

Links Starburst Website


GooGoo Clusters

I decided this morsel of candy news was more sweet than a picture today. The GooGoo Cluster, the famed first combination candy bar in the US, is going through a re-formulation and update. You can read the full article here! It’s interesting to me how a “classic” candy like this is getting an update. Many people seek it out for the nostalgia factor, which I think some fear will disappear with the changes. Other classic candies, like Snickers, has gone through changes over the year is still a beloved favorite. I am familiar with the “old” formula (which is pictured above) and I hope to find some of these new GooGoo clusters and give them a try.


Skittles Blenders Bag

I had heard about these new Skittles Blenders! through whisperings on the internet. Without a real hint as to where I might find them, I was happy with knowing I’d stumble across them eventually. That’s exactly what happened on a work break where my friend and I decided to walk over to a convenience store. We were both suffering from the afternoon slump and figured a quick walk should do the trick, plus she was hankering for some beef jerky. So lo and behold, inside the store, sat these new Skittle. I found candy gold, yay!

The wrapper’s color scheme is gorgeous as always with lots of bold, bright colors. The main color base is yellow, which reminds me of the Carnival Skittles from a few years ago. That makes me a little sad because I adored those flavors….ah, *ahem* annnyyways. Yes, Skittles Blenders! yellow color, yes. 

Upon openings the package it smells sweet and fruity, and it reminds me of that “pink” strawberry flavor you find with candy sometimes. It’s a hard to place, sweet, berry flavor that just reads as a color. The color palette of the Skittle is a strange, some are very intense in hue and others a little pastel. 

Skittles Blenders

Melon Berry (blue): This starts off very sweet and fruity. It’s hard to lay my finger on it, but yes, it does comes across as honey dew and berries. It gets more tart toward the end of the candy, which is strange. Still, this one was tasty and pleasant.

Strawberry Lime Blast (pink): I immediately taste both flavored at the start. Sweet berry with a hint of floor cleaner. The flavors keep battling for the forefront throughout the entire chew of the candy. One moment it’s insanely sweet, the next tastes of chemicals. It’s strange.

Watermelon Green Apple Freeze (green): The flavor starts out tasting a tad like bananas before the juicy watermelon flavor starts to kick in. It’s tart and is that artificial watermelon flavor. The green apple doesn’t kick in until almost the end, where it’s even more tart and zesty flavor kicks through. An interesting blend.

Mango Lemonade (orange): Starts off very perfumey and floral. The flavor then mellows out a little and you get a sweetness which is non descriptive. I was looking for hints of lemon but there wasn’t any. Instead this has a very pungent taste to it, my take it’s the best “chemical” produced flavor for mango they have yet. Strange and a little sad since I was very much looking forward to this one.

Cherry Tropicolada (red): Flavor is generically fruity at first, with hints of banana and pineapple. The cherry shows through for a moment, with its bright “red” flavors, but the juicy taste of the tropics easily drowns it out.

I found these tasty and like regular Skittles I’d eat them again if they were handed to me. I found them much more enjoyable than the Berry and Tropical flavors, but they still don’t stand up to the Carnival version in my mind. So if you’re a Skittles fan, they’re worth a try!

Rating: Will Eat Again


Will Eat Again

Links Skittles Website

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