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Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Disco Berry? Who Ever Heard of a Disco Berry?

posted by on June 5 at 14:52 PM

Have you noticed Starburst’s new limited edition “Retro” flavors? What a weird fucking concept for candy.

Each flavor is tied to a decade—Psychideli-melon (60s), Disco Berry (70s), Optimus Lime (80s), and Hey Mango-rena! (90s). I haven’t been able to find a package of all the retros kinds yet, but the regular packs of Starbursts all feature one of the new flavors in them and today I got a sample of “Disco Berry.”

What the hell is a Disco Berry? What do berries have to do with Disco? What does Disco have to do with berries? Why, if the concept doesn’t work, would you force it to such ridiculous lengths? Disco Berry, for the record, tastes like fake raspberry. While it is delicious, it doesn’t appear to have anything at all to do with platform shoes, afros, mirror balls, and coke. I just don’t get it.

I am happy, though, that the 90s flavor plays on the “Macarena” phenomenon instead of heroin and flannel. Heroin flavored candy would be yuck.

Also new and limited? Skittles Carnival—five new flavors including Cotton Candy, Candy Apple, Green Slushy, Red Licorice, and Bubble Gum. Now that whole carnival spin makes more sense to me than “Retro,” and the flavors don’t have the stupid pun names to boot! I haven’t been able to find those anywhere either.

Someone. Anyone. Please. Gimmie gimmie gimmie!

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The 70's flavor should be coke-onut.

Posted by JC | June 5, 2007 3:01 PM

I have to give a big thumbs up to Trident White Cool Colada. It goes great with white Bacardi.

Posted by elswinger | June 5, 2007 3:09 PM

Dude, the 90s flavor should so totally be "Smells Like Teen Spearmint," it's not even funny.

Posted by Levislade | June 5, 2007 3:39 PM

sounds like dingleberry

Posted by lick it | June 5, 2007 4:19 PM

Megan, by purchasing this product and ranting about it on slog you have proven this starburst marketing strategy has worked. I imagine you were probably a demographic they thought the product would appeal to. I suppose I am in a similar demographic too, and anyone that watches those VH1 retro "I love the.." shows. I'm not really into candy though, so I probably wouldn't have bought them. If they had some new line of retro branded microbrews, I might have been suckered in though.

Posted by gotcha | June 5, 2007 4:28 PM

@5 - gotcha, how 'bout "Heart-shaped Bock"?

Thank you, I'll be here all night.

Posted by Levislade | June 5, 2007 4:55 PM

@4--don't chew dingleberries.

Posted by boomer in NYC | June 5, 2007 5:17 PM

@3, Levislade, that IS funny.

Posted by lawrence clark | June 5, 2007 6:25 PM

The mango ones taste like poisoned feet.

Posted by Jonah S | June 6, 2007 12:19 AM


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