The history of Starbursts

Yum you think as you sink your teeth into a square yummy Starburst. But what was the history and maker of starbursts?


Opal Fruits was made by Peter Pfeffer (pe-fef-er) in 1961 when he entered a competition that won him $5000.00 which was a lot of cash back then, he called them Opal Fruits. The original flavors were Strawberry, Lemon, Orange, and Lime. He later shared it with the Mars Company who five years later shared it with the United Kingdom. A few years after the Mars Company shared the Opal Fruits with them the United Kingdom shared the Opal Fruits with the U.S who nicknamed them Starbursts. Starbursts were one of the most popular types of candy in the U.S. a few years later the U.S made new types of flavors: Kiwi Banana, Plum, Mango, Apple, Tropical Punch and Blue Raspberry. A few years back the Mars Company changed the lime starbursts with cherry starbursts. The Mars Company in honor of the new movie Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest, they switched Kiwi Banana and Tropical Punch with Royal Berry Punch! In 2007 lime flavored starbursts was introduced again and in 2009 starbursts worldwide. Did you know Peter Pfeffer also makes cars?

Starbursts Flavors

All the starbursts flavors today are the originals: Strawberry, Lemon, Lime, and Orange. All the ones after them: Plum, Mango, Apple, cherry and Blue Raspberry. The last made but not the least is Royal Blue Raspberry which replaced Kiwi Banana and Tropical Punch inspired by the new movie back then Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest so those are all the flavors.

What Are Starbursts Made Of

Starbursts as you can imagine are mostly made of sugar in fact starbursts have over 40% is sugar! But starbursts have natural fruit too. There is over 15% of natural fruit juice in each starburst. Starbursts also have a good amount of Vitamin C. Starbursts have about 30% Vitamin C in them. That is about all there is in a starburst.

My Opinion

My opinion of starbursts is they are awesome even though they are packed with sugar. I asked many of my friends in my fourth grade class if the liked starbursts and they said they loved them. I think starbursts is an amazing sugar filled product!