UK Starburst: A Comparison

Yet more reasons why the UK is way cooler than the U.S.

Reviewed by Jonny

November 7, 2019


This summer I travelled to Europe and came back with a duffel bag full of sweets. Some great, some crap, a lot in the middle. But one that captured the hearts and minds of the entire family was the UK version of Starburst, the ubiquitous chewy treats no one loves.

Reason #1 that these are better than our U.S. version: The Flavors

In America, Starburst are notorious for sucking. Literally, people are offended by the orange, lemon, and cherry. They claim the strawberry to be “best”, but…in my opinion the lemon is the best and the rest are meh. The point is that the flavors are literally as base and boring as they come.

In the UK though, they match your strawberry and orange. Then though, they do a lemon/lime combo, and as their fourth flavor, they go with the UK favorite blackcurrant. Hands down, no contest, this is a better flavor assortment.

Reason #2 that these are better than our U.S. version: The Ingredients

I’m not gonna go into what the U.S. version contain, I don’t have the time. But I can tel you that the UK version doesn’t include any artificial colors or flavors. Additionally, the UK version doesn’t contain gelatin, so they’re vegan. Right there, the door is opened for many more people to enjoy them, all without the disgusting artificial colors and flavors we eat every day over here.

Reason #3 that these are better than our U.S. version: The wrapper

Dig this. You can just eat the UK Starburst, wrapper & all. Before you say it, I know that the U.S. version is made with wax paper and therefore non toxic, but it’s not meant to be eaten. Is the UK version meant to be eaten? Not sure, but it certainly dissolves WAY quicker, and honestly is kinda fun to eat.

Bonus Reason: because there’s no artificial colors or flavors in the UK Starburst, odds are that means that they harden up quicker than the U.S. version which never seem to stale properly.

Regardless, Starburst are never gonna be tops on my candy list. When I do eat them though, they’re going to be the UK version. After all, Starburst were invented in the UK, originally called “Opal Fruits”. I’m not sure which name is worse, but I AM sure of which version is better.

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  1. Nick

    Disagree, need the gelatin. UK starburst are way less juicy and more like a play doh consistency. Though I do agree the flavor profiles are much better.

    • Catherine

      I’m a vegetarian, have been for 5 years, and have eaten plenty of vegetarian candies in that time. I assure you, candy does not need gelatin in it. I’m from the states and I miss Starburst, but I’m not going to eat candy made with animal skin, bones, and tendons. On the bright side, my favorite candy used to be gummy peach rings, and Sour Patch Kids make a vegan peach candy now

    • Jenn

      Gross. I don’t want dead animals or their secretions in my food.

  2. Ade

    You… OK, as a UK person who’s eaten these for literal decades, I assure you you *aren’t* meant to eat the wrapper. I don’t know why you’d think otherwise, but please stop doing that, it’s probably not healthy.

    • Jonny

      Ha, don’t worry, I’m not. I was just pointing out that one can.Thanks for lookin’ out tho!

      • Tristan

        Duuude! you are not supposed to eat that part! You are supposed to take off the sweet and eat it and throw away the pit the insides are toxic man! you are unhinged Broooo! 🙂 Hope you are still dong well! but let’s justr say I bet you are not eating with you’re mouth no moreeee 😉 STRAW BOI LOL

      • DD

        You basically just making up reasons its better lol You don’t even like starburst in the first place so your probably not qualified to compare another product to a product you already have a disdain for, and your vegetarian. If your vegetarian you just have to accept the fact that you can’t eat certain products that are good. Your vegan version never taste as good, sorry thats the consequence of being vegan. They make vegan fruit chews in America, go buy them. UK ones arent better because their vegan, you just like vegan things. They don’t taste as good.

    • benny

      Me too


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