Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
After the successful return of Wispa by Cadburys, it is no surprise that old “Brands”, old “Names” and some old “Products” are reemerging as we keep looking back with nostalgia to happier times…
So Opal Fruits, made by Mars Confectionery was introduced into the UK in 1960 after a naming competition was won by Peter Pfeffer. The four original flavours included Strawberry, Lemon, Orange and Lime and these were launched into the USA in 1967 under the name “Starburst” and then started the dual-named products in different markets. Flavours have also varied with “Sunshine Flavors” which was later renamed “Tropical Opal Fruits“, “Lemon and Lime” combined to make way for a “Blackcurrant” flavour and further brand extensions have included: “Baja California“, “Sour“, “Strawberry Mix“, “Berries & Cream“, “Very Berry“, “Fruity Slushies“, “Strawberry Lemonade Chill“, “Citrus Slush“, “Cherry Splash“, “Blue Raspberry Rush“, “Plum“, “Passion Fruit“, “Blackberry“, “Strawberry-Banana“, “Mango“, “Melon“, “Tropical Punch“, “Green Apple”, “Watermelon“, “Peaches & Cream“, “Orange Cream” and “Pineapple & Raspberry“.
In the UK, “Starburst Choozers” were launched with a new lozenge shaped chews with a liquid fruit centre in 2007. This limited edition was available in “Orange & Mango“, “Raspberry & Orange” and “Pineapple & Orange“. And in the USA, they’re available as Minis, Gummies, Jelly Beans and Gummi Bursts.
So for a limited time of 3 months, OPAL FRUITS are returning to the UK shelves. These will differ from the original recipe with “no artificial colours or flavours” and are GLUTEN FREE!
Ingredients: “Sugar. Hydrogenated palm kernel oil and/or palm oil. Fruit juice from concentrate (apple, lemon, strawberry, orange, and cherry) Less than 2%: Citric acid, tapioca dextrin, gelatin, food starch-modified, natural and artificial flavors, ascorbic acid(vitamin c), and natural coloring (red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6, and blue 1)”
So excited that the sweets that “Make your mouth water” are BACK!
NOTE: In Australia & New Zealand, these sweets (Starburst) is NOT GLUTEN FREE> Wrigleys Australia FAQ. but in the USA, Canada [they state GLUTEN FREE] and the UK [they state “Contains SOYA and products Thereof“], so check where they were made and the Ingredients listing on your Sweets!
And remember I love my Chocolate Bars, Chocolate Bags and Chocolate Boxes, and more recently, my Chocolate Easter Eggs from Chocolatiers and Chocolate manufacturers, High Street Stores and London Department Stores.
If you are a member of Coeliac UK, they produce a comprehensive directory which covers over 16,000 food and drink items (including GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bars). This is available in a paper-based Manual and online FREE to members of Coeliac UK.
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This information was correct as of July 2016.
But as I am learning, ingredients do change and therefore you should always read the label and check for yourself whether it is GLUTEN FREE or not!