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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.

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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
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