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Starburst Candy – Colorful Fruit Flavored Sweetness!

Starburst Candy

Last Updated on June 17, 2021 by Jim Edwards


Starburst Candy Review

Starburst candies are bite-sized, cuboidal, fruit-flavored taffy. They are soft, colorful, and chewy. There are four flavors present in a single package – orange, strawberry, lemon, and cherry. 

The UK original flavors contain lemon and lime, black currant, strawberry, and orange. The tropical flavors contain pineapple, strawberry banana, cherry, kiwi, and mango melon.

A single packet of Starburst candies contains 12 chewy pieces. They are very sweet, full of flavor and come in a variety of different flavors. They are a favorite candy with many and one of my favorites when i was a child!

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History of Starburst Candy

Starburst Candy was originally known as Opal Fruits. It first came into existence in 1960 in the United Kingdom. Mars curated it. Peter Phillips had named the candy Opal Fruits as a part of a competition that won him a prize. 

Opal fruits entered the United States in 1967. It was called M&M’s Fruit Chewies initially. It was rebranded as Starburst in the late 1960s. Originally there were four flavors – orange, strawberry, lemon, and lime. The lime flavor later was replaced by cherry and continues to exist even today. 

Mars acquired Wrigley’s in 2008 and transferred the manufacturing and production of Starburst to Wrigley’s. 

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Starburst Candy Flavors

The four flavors mentioned above are assorted as “Original Fruits.”

The other assortments are:

  • FaveREDs
  • Limited Edition Retro Fruits
  • Tropical
  • Sour
  • Watermelon
  • Very Berry
  • Summer Blast
  • Superfruit

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Starburst Candy – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Taste and Flavor of Starburst Candy like?

There are four main flavors that you find in a packet of Starburst candies. They are orange, cherry, strawberry, and lemon. The four flavors emit different scents, but they have a citrusy taste.

When you pop the candy in your mouth, you can an initial sour and juicy taste. As you bite into the core, you will feel a gush of sweetness. The candy is very soft and chewy and dissolves completely in your mouth in no time.

What are the ingredients in Starburst Candy?

The ingredients in Starburst Candy are sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, fruit juice concentrates (cherry, strawberry, apple, lemon, and orange), contains less than 2% of citric acid, gelatin, tapioca dextrin, modified corn starch, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), natural and artificial flavors, and artificial colors (Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 1, Red 40).

Nutritional Facts of Starburst Candy

The below mentioned nutritional facts are for a serving size of 36 pieces containing 240 calories. 

% Daily Value
Total Fat (5 g) 8%
Saturated Fated (4.5 g) 23%
Trans Fat (0 g) 0%
Cholesterol (0 mg) 0%
Sodium (0 mg) 0%
Total Carbohydrate (49 g) 16%
Dietary Fiber (0 g) 0%
Sugar (33 g)
Protein (0 g)
Vitamin A <2%
Vitamin C 50%
Calcium  <2%
Iron <2%


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Are Starburst Candies Gluten-free?

Yes, they are gluten-free. However, the candies are manufactured in a facility where other products containing gluten are produced. There may be a negligible risk of cross-contamination. 

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How many calories are there in Starburst Candy?

Every piece of Starburst Candy contains 20 calories. 

Are Starburst Candies Vegan?

Starburst Candy contains gelatin that is extracted from beef. It also contains a red dye, which is made from red beetle’s dried bodies. Therefore, the candies are not vegan.

In the UK, Starburst is vegan and does not contain any artificial flavors or colors.

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Video – How Starburst Candies are Made

This is a super cool video showing how the Starburst candies are made and how the Starburst Candy Machine works.

okay before you go, we found another totally insane video that you will want to see…

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Video – Mixing 10,000 Starburst Candy into One Giant Starburst Candy!

Okay, this is really fun and kinda insane. If you haven’t seen Wengle’s videos, they are super fun. She combines 10,000 starburst to make a GIANT one!

This makes us want to go out and buy some more Starburst candies!

Mamba Candy is very similar to Starbursts – another fruity, chewy flavor.

Image Credit: “Starburst” by karindalziel is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

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