I took a Greek history course in college for absolutely no reason. I remember my professor always talked about this so-called “Golden Age,” an ancient time when all of mankind was supposedly created by the gods and blah blah blah. Yeah, right. What’s the real Golden Age, if you ask me?
Simple. The 1990s.
The 90’s gave us Rugrats, Rocko’s Modern Life, and Walker, Texas Ranger. Socker Boppers were a toy that every kid in America bugged their parents about buying until we realized that apparently concussions are a real thing (thanks for spoiling the fun, Will Smith). And the reigning fruit-flavored gummy candy?
Oh, man. Amazin’ Fruit (not to be confused with Amazon fruit). Those gummy bears set the bar for fruity gummy candy. They were made with real fruit juice and loaded with flavor. Plus, just look at that packaging! So wonderfully simple. The companies cranking out dozens of varieties of gummy candy in the years since Amazin’ Fruit was discontinued just haven’t come close. But hey, you’ve gotta give ’em credit for trying.
The Wrigley Company is the latest to throw its name in the gummy hat with its new Starburst Gummies, which come in Original (cherry, orange, strawberry, and lemon) and Sour (cherry, blue raspberry, watermelon, and strawberry) flavors. These are an entirely different product from Starburst GummiBursts, which have liquid-filled centers. I am a gummy purist and also terrified of drowning, so I appreciate the fact that this candy is 100% solid. No water wingies needed!
I was instantly hit with a wave of artificial fruit scent when I opened the bag. I think I got a few cavities from the smell alone. The gummies themselves are square-shaped pieces, each with the Starburst “S” drop logo on the top. The texture is somewhat squishy, which I personally enjoyed. I’m not a huge fan of the harder, tougher gummies like Haribo gummy bears, so this was a welcome change. I could probably eat a whole bag in one sitting simply because the softness is so addicting.
As I had suspected from the smell wafting from the bag, this candy tastes really artificial, too. Make no mistake–there is no fruit juice in these gummies. In fact, the only sweeteners listed in the ingredients are corn syrup and sugar. I was able to taste some decent citrus flavor in the lemon and orange, and the strawberry is a tiny bit milder, but overall these are very sweet, and not in a particularly pleasant way.
Although there are hints of the classic Starburst flavor in these gummies, they lack the kick and tang of the traditional candy. Oddly, some flavors (strawberry and lemon) tasted more like real Starburst than the others. Overall though, any Starburst flavor here is muted at best. For the most part, these taste similar to all of the other artificially flavored gummy candy that’s already out there.
Rest in peace, Amazin’ Fruit. We hardly knew ye.
|Item:||Starburst Original Gummies|
|Price and Place of Purchase:||$3.29 at Walgreens|
|Size:||8 oz. package|
|Nutrition Facts (serving size-10 pieces):||130 calories, 0 grams of fat, 5 milligrams of sodium, 31 grams of carbohydrates, 25 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein.|
|In a Nutshell:||The gummies have a soft texture, with some decent fruit and Starburst flavors. However, the flavor overall is overwhelmingly artificial. Socker Boppers are still more fun than a pillow fight. Tell de troof.|
|Overall Score:||6 out of 10|
(Amazin Fruit photo: retrojunk.com)
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