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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Opal Fruits Confirmed sighting: Opal Fruits
Posted: 10:56 Thu 22-May-2008. Price: 1 (hanging bag). Location: Asda, Wrexham. Nutritional unusualness: 5.1% fruit juice.
"Dan Thornton" reports: Fans of cynical relaunches designed to boost sales at a time when more focus than ever is on the health of our nation will surely be fans of the relaunched Opal Fruits. A relaunch which, unlike the Daily Mail rumoured relaunched Marathon bars, actually exist, and are not just the product of a bored journalist constructing a story from a company naturally ensuring their trademark for a product line does not expire and get snatched up by a rival. For instance.

But I digress. These are Opal Fruits, 21st century style. Four flavours, a bag in not-quite Starburst livery and actual fruit juice. 5.1% in fact, a level which is pleasingly high but does not explain why the strawberry flavour is so damned disappointing. It may however go some way to explaining the slightly off-putting smell when the bag is first opened, a smell which is revealed to be the equally off-putting orange flavour; not so much orange flavour as almost entirely generic fruit flavour. But fans of Starburst will know that anyway.

...Please View comments for "Dan's" full flavour-by-flavour analysis - "Kris Cochrane" also got in touch with this (partial) Marathon rumour confirmation, but I'll believe it when I see them on the shelves. In other fruity chews: "Basically good new Starburst (that doesn't sound right but they aren't Opal Fruits) with 2 flavours to each chew. Quite fruity with a nice tartness to the Strawberry and Lime," decided Zeddy regarding Starburst Twisted (he paid 45p but they were only 36p in Camden Morrisons). The new Strawberry or Lemon and Lime flavour Orbit Complete similarly reek when you open the packet, but the Lemon and Lime ones taste like a Mr Kipling Fondant Fancy - Wrigley's are also responding to the Trident threat with the bafflingly differentiated Extra Polar and Extra Arctic Ice.


Posted: 12:12 Thu 22-May-2008 by "Dan Thornton" # permalink comment
Comment: What we're really interested in is the PROPER Opal Fruits flavours, i.e. Lemon and Lime. Not Lemon & Lime. That's Lemon AND Lime. AS IT SHOULD BE. I cannot stress this enough. Maybe with some bold text?

The lime is entirely fantastic. The flavour is strong and sharp, and frankly I would be happy with a bag entirely filled with those. (Mine was dominated by the slightly unpleasant orange and strawberry, because clearly Mars hate me.)

The lemon was peculiar; at first, there was no flavour but it grew stronger as I chewed. Not sour at all, perhaps a bit too sweet, but definitely a strong lemon flavour. Which is all you could ask for really.

Posted: 12:54 Thu 22-May-2008 by "Jim" # permalink comment
Comment: ...in other news Nestle are brinigng back the 'Drifter'.....I wasnt actually aware it was gone :S
Posted: 14:14 Thu 22-May-2008 by "robertster" # permalink comment
Comment: Wow, Daniel Thornton - haven't heard that name since alt.digitiser was at its height.

The lime flavour though, I agree it tastes like real lime juice, but perhaps I'm just used to these modern synthetic flavour because I really didn't get on with it.

And you're right about the weak strawberry, now you mention it I remember it being rather unmemorable.

Posted: 17:32 Thu 22-May-2008 by "grotbag" # permalink comment
Comment: "I remember it being rather unmemorable"

I love it.

The bag looks crap. We don't want 21st century style Opal Fruits, we want 20th century style, artificial flavours and all.

Posted: 19:30 Sat 24-May-2008 by "Daniel Thornton" # permalink comment
Comment: They've got them in tube/packet format in Asda now as well. About 40p or so. You're better off with a bag though.
Posted: 16:18 Wed 28-May-2008 by "Jordan Sandland" # permalink comment
Comment: What is the meaning of this!? Opal Fruits are the same as Starburst, I mean, there is no difference. Pathetic!
Posted: 21:52 Wed 28-May-2008 by "All of the UK wants Jordan Sandland to know:" # permalink comment
Comment: You are wrong. Oh yes. Wrong. Opal Fruits are better by simple virtue of being BRITISH.
Posted: 08:09 Thu 29-May-2008 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: Perhaps in name but not any other way.
Posted: 20:18 Thu 29-May-2008 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: Snackspot, I've just seen your receipt photo for the Staburst Twisted. You do eat some rubbish! (Ahem) Have you heard of bread and milk? ;)
Posted: 22:26 Thu 05-Jun-2008 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: haha yeah cheers Z, thanks for your concern - obviously this was just a "top-up shop" for products I might need to photograph. As I hope you'll see from some of the other receipts on the site, I actually eat a wide range of supermarket goods, whether they're new or on some sort of special offer, I'm really not fussy :)
Posted: 09:50 Sun 08-Jun-2008 by "Jim" # permalink comment
Comment: Hmmm I found a drifter today in a corner shop...to eat or not to eat? is it really old or new? :S :S


Posted: 22:09 Sun 08-Jun-2008 by "grotbag" # permalink comment
Comment: Don't eat it, it could be ancient. Best send it to me and I shall ensure it is disposed of correctly.
Posted: 16:29 Fri 13-Jun-2008 by "Jordan Sandland" # permalink comment
Comment: Send it to me and I will feed it to my animal hybrids. What is the Best Before Date on it?
Posted: 09:12 Sun 20-Jul-2008 by "a loser down under :)" # permalink comment
Comment: you need 2 add nutritional info with all food products, people may need this info for school assignments, ect..
Posted: 12:58 Sun 20-Jul-2008 by "grotbag" # permalink comment
Comment: You need to do your own bloody homework.
Posted: 18:14 Sun 03-Aug-2008 by "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: Asda seem to be selling the last of these Opal Fruits off at 2 bags for £1. Thst's a right tasty bargain if you can get hold of some. Savour that Lime flavour in all it's fruity glory for one last time. But is it me, or are hardly any of the sweets actually square anymore. There's always at least one corner missing. A minor point, but all those tiny missing bits of sweet do add up in the end. Back in the old days you were unlucky if you got one in a tube that was a little less than the full sweet, now it's the other way round.
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