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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Haribo Starlets Confirmed sighting: Haribo Starlets
Posted: 14:29 Mon 07-Nov-2005. Price: 35p. Location: Woolies, Leeds. Nutritional unusualness: Contains Ponceau 4R, whatever that is.
"Phillerena" reports: This is the latest offering from Haribo, described as "fruit flavour gums with a sugar coating". I'm not sure if they are meant to rival the likes of Skittles, but they taste a lot better. They are very fruity and taste like proper fruit, despite the fact they don't contain "real" fruit juice. The flavours are hard to tell and there is no guide either, but there seems to be a tropical flavour and a cherry one, the others are elusive. They have a bubble gum taste to them too. They come in a small box similar to the ones Skittles Gum comes in. The texture is nice - crunchy shell and soft jelly centre.

...No particular signs of hyperactivity here from "Phillerena", despite the fact that Ponceau 4R (see under "Nutritional unusualness") is claimed to be linked to that - plus, according to this BBC story, is illegal in the US and "believed to cause cancer in animals". Anyway, in other fruity chews: I can't quite work out what the "other flavour" is in Wrigley's Blulemberry Juicy Fruit (blueberry and lemon, and... something else?) but still prefer the (completely banana-free) Strappleberry; and haven't yet located substantiating sources for a recent The Grocer magazine story claiming that Sainsbury has recently trialled an easy-peel South African "cross between a grapefruit and a satsuma", known as either a "Sweet Spring" or a "Gratsuma" (6 for 1.89).


Posted: 17:04 Mon 07-Nov-2005 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: i tried these the other week too. the only flavour i thought i could identify was peach in the pale pink ones. they are okay, but a bit unnecessary.
Posted: 11:14 Wed 09-Nov-2005 by "orangey" # permalink comment
Comment: But charl, surely most snack foods are "a bit unnecessary"? I suppose you may mean that they do not bring much to the already burgeoning fruit flavour sweet market.
Posted: 11:28 Wed 09-Nov-2005 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: yes, orangey you are absolutely correct. there is always room in the snack food market for the earth shattering revolutionary concept in snacking, but too often we just get variations on tired themes. it is to this i refer as 'unnecessary'.
Posted: 13:27 Wed 09-Nov-2005 by "orangey" # permalink comment
Comment: we must just be patient and hope that somewhere out there, there is an inspired snack genius working on something that will be truly necessary and exciting in the snack world!
Posted: 12:16 Wed 26-Apr-2006 by "STARLETLOVER" # permalink comment
Comment: oh my gosh, unnecessary?!?!?!?!?! Thay are the most amazing sweets I must have ever tried!!!!!! Oh my gosh!! You can also buy them from Topshop also but they are 80p Unnecessary? So is the human race.
Posted: 14:30 Sun 29-Oct-2006 by "Leaf" # permalink comment
Comment: they are bloody gorgeous... been surfing around trying to find where I can get them wholesale... Booze bin in hyde park in Leeds had them for a while. Hurrah for sweets.
Posted: 13:25 Mon 30-Oct-2006 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: i tried the new chewits jellybeans at the weekend, they remind me of these starlets (interestingly the chewits also contain an unheralded peach flavour). 54502 7 89
Posted: 21:44 Mon 19-Feb-2007 by "Joe" # permalink comment
Comment: I actually really like these sweets, the colours are attractive, I love the hardness of the jelly, I find it fruity, the shell tastes ok but u have to chobble it to get the flavour, if u suck the sugar coating I find there is no taste which means I get thru a box way to quickly from chewing haha!I think this is a fair analysis??
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