Home/Front page  Cereals, pudding, icecream
Sweets, biscuits, cakes  Drinks and/or alcohol
Crisps and snacks Fast and/or hot food
Recently discussed stories (comments):

Coldpress fruit juices/ Review of 2012 (15)

Lotus Caramelised Biscuit Spread (8)

Kingdom BBQ Meat (1)

Mars Bar Limited Edition caramel (10)

Milka Raspberry Cream (6)

Walkers Deep Ridged (14)

Nestle Vice Versas (yes, again) (7)

GlaxoSmithKline Lucozade Pink Lemonade (3)

Herr's Potato Chips (5)

Ben and Jerry's Winter Berry Brownie Ice Cream (1)

Comments RSS

For external use only:

A Blog About Crisps

Advertising Standards Authority

Airline Meals

Answerbank UK

Bad candy

Ban Trans Fats (Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils)

Beer Frame: The Journal of Inconspicuous Consumption

BevNet USA

Boycott Nestlé

Breakfast Cereal (US) Character Guide

Candy Blog (US)

Chilli Source, The (kebabs)

Chocolate Review


Egg, Bacon, Chips and Beans

Fast Food Fever (US)

Fixture Ferrets (offers)

Food Standards Agency

Foodstuff Finds

Gobble Monkey

Guardian "Hard Sell" ad critiques

Independent Retail News

Jim's Chocolate Mission

Junk Food News

Les Cahiers du Burger (France)


McSweeney's reviews

MmmExchange mailing list

Name that (US) Candybar

Nice Cup Of Tea and a Sit Down

Nutrition Action

Packaging Digest

Phoood (US)

Publican, The

RB Offers

Sandwich Selector

Steve, Don't Eat It!

Taquitos.net (USA)

Top Secret Recipes

Urban Legends (Food, Cola etc)

Winspiration tie-breakers

Starbucks Gossip (US)

World's Worst Food

Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Masterfoods Starburst Froots Confirmed sighting: Masterfoods Starburst Froots
Posted: 14:14 Wed 29-Sep-2004. Price: 99p/ 200g bag. Location: Woolworths, Weston-super-Mare. Nutritional unusualness: Contains colouring "brilliant black".
"Stuart Campbell" reports: Should have known better, really, what with the hideously disappointing nature of nearly all the other Starburst brand extensions. The most interesting thing here is that the blackcurrant and cherry flavours of these shape-of-the-fruit gums are accurately two-tone, ie they have green "leaves" as well as the purple/ red "fruit" part. However, the shape and colours are the only way you can tell these ultra-bland and soggy gums apart, as they have no taste at all. The pound shop a couple of doors down seemed to specialise in selling these - as well as several other items which were available elsewhere in Weston for 99p - for a pound, which is an interesting new retail angle.

...Sorry, another archive sighting from a few weeks ago here, hopefully addressing "Alex's" surprise about their lack of coverage so far (though we know little of the - Starburst? - Space Monsters of which he speaks). Anyway, in other fruity frolics: The Grocer announces that Terry's will be unleashing a creme-egg sized Chocolate Orange Filled Egg in "late November" (though hopefully not too late, as I've seen special Christmas products appearing in shops in London *already*), while biscuit-maker Burton's is launching chewy Squirting Skulls for Halloween, plus "creepy-crawly" Bushtucker jellies to tie in with this autumn's series of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.


Posted: 18:05 Wed 29-Sep-2004 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: All supermarkets are selling Christmas products here up North now, they even have one whole seperate aisle for them. Masterfoods have done mixed tub of white chocolate and milk chocolate Maltesers I noticed.

By the way has anyone tried the Starburst Fruitense yet?

Posted: 18:42 Wed 29-Sep-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: are you talking about "Fruitinesse"? (or is it "Fruitenesse"?) If so, I remember seeing them around August 2002 (before Snackspot really got going), and I understand that "charl" is a fan: http://snackspot.org.uk/thread.php?story=0312051733sbc#20031205200000
Posted: 18:49 Wed 29-Sep-2004 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Could be..I'm sure it was Fruitense though. They come in a little tube and seem to be sold mainly in Woolies (isn't everything).
Posted: 22:06 Wed 29-Sep-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: weird teardrop-shaped boiled sweets "with no added sugar" or something? that's Starburst Fruitenesse (hardly any other mention of them online, though this page http://www.brackenbankstores.co.uk/acatalog/Mars.html claims they're suitable for both Lacto- *and* Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarians!)
Posted: 23:25 Wed 29-Sep-2004 by "elmsyrup" # permalink comment
Comment: I think you are both wrong, as "starburst fruitensse" shows up the most.
Posted: 09:13 Thu 30-Sep-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: blimey, i think you're right, at least according to this press release about their nightmarish creation of "Billy Fruitensse": http://www.itpr.co.uk/release.asp?Code=GOW0007

25 July 2002: Blink TV has commissioned creative multi-media agency GOWI Group to produce a character animation to launch ‘Fruitensse’ – a new brand of confectionery from US confectionery giant, Masterfoods (better known as Mars).

Working with music TV production company, Blink TV and creative multi-media agency GOWI Group, Masterfoods commissioned the development of the character, which was originally just intended for the big screens at various regional ‘Party in the Park’ events this summer. The strength of the character named ‘Billy Fruitensse’ enabled Mars to also launch it as part of its Channel 5 sponsorship for the main ‘Party in the Park’ concert in London’s Hyde Park earlier this month.

- I've been calling them "fruitinesse" for over 2 years (though not exactly on a daily basis...), which I actually think is a better name for them (or are they supposed to be a "fruit" that makes you "tense", perhaps to counteract any "laxative effects"?)

Posted: 01:59 Tue 31-Jan-2006 by "Samantha" # permalink comment
Comment: Can anybody help solve this argument. Were Revels ever called 'treats'; or were peanut m&m's ever called 'treats'? This would have been back in the eighties. Any help appreciated. Thankyou.
Posted: 02:28 Tue 31-Jan-2006 by "Samantha" # permalink comment
Comment: What were 'treats' or they may have been called 'treets'? I know now they were never peanut m&m's. 12539 8
(Please scroll up to view earlier comments or click here for top)
  Sorry - comments on this old story are now closed!

display/attempt to resolve my IP (might somehow "prove" who I am)

Please enjoy Snackspot responsibly - offensive, pointlessly argumentative, or otherwise unsuitable comments may be deleted or punished in other ways.

Recently discussed stories (comments):
· Milka Raspberry Cream (398)
· Kingdom BBQ Meat (3)
· Coldpress fruit juices/ Review of 2012 (15)
· Lotus Caramelised Biscuit Spread (8)
· Mars Bar Limited Edition caramel (10)
· Walkers Deep Ridged (14)
· Nestle Vice Versas (yes, again) (7)
· GlaxoSmithKline Lucozade Pink Lemonade (3)
· Herr's Potato Chips (5)
· Ben and Jerry's Winter Berry Brownie Ice Cream (1)

Recently posted stories in this category:
· Lotus Caramelised Biscuit Spread
· Milka Raspberry Cream
· Maynards Sour Patch Kids/ Cadbury Dairy Milk with Oreo
· Cadbury Dairy Milk Toffee Popcorn
· Mars Bar Limited Edition caramel
· Cadbury Choc Full Of Pretzels
· Nestle Vice Versas (yes, again)
· McVitie's Galaxy Slices Cookie Crumble
· Toblerone Crunchy Almonds
· Dairy Milk Bubbly/ US Dark Chocolate M and Ms

Awaiting sightings:

Raspberry Cheesecake/ Coconut/ Rum and Raisin Carte D'Or

Dormen luxury handmade crisps

Betty Bassett's Red Liquorice Allsorts

Wrigley's Extra Ice Mint tins

Mr Kipling's Big French Fancy

Smarties Party Ice Cream/ Calippo Fizz

Jelly Belly Sport Beans

Ginsters microwavable ready meals

Carte D'Or sorbets/ Raspberries and Meringue Haagen-Dazs

Minara Micro Meals in a jar

Serving suggestions:
(via Amazon UK)

Super Size Me (DVD)

Inconspicuous Consumption: An Obsessive Look at the Stuff We Take for Granted, from the Everyday to the Obscure

Not on the Label: What Really Goes into the Food on Your Plate

Fast Food Nation: What the All-American Meal Is Doing to the World

Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World

Top Secret Recipes: Creating Kitchen Clones of America's Favorite Brand-Name Foods

More Top Secret Recipes: More Fabulous Kitchen Clones of America's Favorite Brand-Name Foods

Even More Top Secret Recipes: More Amazing Kitchen Clones of America's Favorite Brand-Name Foods

Top Secret Recipes: Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits, & Shakes: Creating Cool Kitchen Clones of America's Favorite Brand-Name Drinks

The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes

Star Wars Cookbook II: Darth Malt and More Galactic Recipes

Star Wars Party Book: Recipes and Ideas for Galactic Occasions

All trademarks, names and symbols are acknowledged and used here for editorial purposes only. They do not constitute any form of endorsement of this site or its contents by the rights-holders concerned.

[top]   Advertisement: Fresh handmade chocolates from Paul A Young Fine
Chocolates    [top]