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Opal Fruits are back – 22 years after the sweets were renamed Starburst

M​ade to make your mouth water all over again

1y ago

Some of you reading this will be recent university graduates, old enough to drive and in full-time in employment, but won't be old enough to remember the event that rocked 1998.

Britney Spears was not responsible for it and it had nothing to do with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or the fact Google was founded the same year. It was when Opal Fruits became Starburst.

Alas. Ever since die hard fans have made calls to bring back the original soft chewy sweets, which have evolved into a symbol of happier times. But what's this we hear? Opal Fruits are going to be back on our shelves next month!

Bags of the sweets will be available in stores for a limited time from late February, with original strawberry, lemon, orange and lime flavours (FYI only mums reluctantly ate the latter, usually on long car journeys, but we'll happily take them all this time around).



Bags of Opal Fruits will be available at Poundland, B&M, Home Bargains, Iceland, Savers and The Range and will cost £1. It’s not the first time the sweets have been reintroduced – in 2008, Asda sold bags of the sweets for a limited run of 12 weeks.

If you’ve grown to love Starburst, or know no different, don’t worry – you’ll still be able to buy those sweets nationwide too.

Now are you with us on the fact this Opal Fruit advert from 1974 is slightly on the sinister side? Please tell us in the comments and share how exited you are about this magical fruity return!

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Comments (4)

  • About time! Next they need to bring back Pacers

      1 year ago
    • Or Marathon bars! What were Pacers?

        1 year ago
    • Pacers were the same size and shape as Opal fruits and soft but minty. I loved them but they must have vanished in the 80s.

        1 year ago
  • Not sure I ever stopped calling them Opal Fruits!

      1 year ago