If you are under the age of 15 then you may have never heard of Opal Fruits but you would have almost definitely sampled the incredible fruitiness of them. Yes, Opal Fruits are now Starburst since changing its name back in 1998 because that’s what they’re called in America.
However except the name nothing else changed and they still taste just as good as they did back in the day, but for some reason I’m not as big a fan of the fruity sweets. It was like when Coco Pops changed to Choco Crispies around the same time and sales actually fell, and after a telephone poll Kelloggs reverted the name back.
Something just didn’t seem right about buying Starburst, and even before I understood the concept of globalisation aged 10 it seemed to me that things were becoming too American. The name itself was mysterious, and I still don’t know why they were called Opal. Indeed I went many years calling them Opral Fruits blissfully unaware that Opal is some sort of gel that forms into a stone…
So I still rarely buy Starburst, one for the name and also because the sweets are still individually wrapped which is just a pain, especially if they’ve melted slightly and you end up eating the paper because it’s still stuck to the sweets.
And just a quick mention for Fizzy Chewits. Wow these sweets were amazing! Me and my sisters used to love them, in fact I can still remember getting some for Christmas (no we weren’t deprived, that’s just how much we loved them) and I ate all mine before breakfast. Cue a hyperactive child twice as excited on Christmas Day.
For those who don’t remember them, they were just like regular Chewits but were lemonade and cola flavoured, and fizzy like cola bottles but in a Chewit form. They also came in sparkly packaging which obviously attracted me in the first place, and with a picture of a creepy looking dinosaur on the front they were the perfect sweets.
P.S. On a similar line, I recently found a packet of Chewits from 1999 in an old Shoot magazine in my house, and during a pre-lash with my mates we decided to try the ancient sweets which were well past their sell-by date. At first they had seemed to last the test of time, but later in the night we discovered that maybe not all was well… a lesson to you all!