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Opal Fruits Are Returning To UK For A Limited Run

Opal Fruits Are Returning To UK For A Limited Run

Opal Fruits are set to return to shelves, more than 20 years after they were given a new lease of life as Starburst.

I'm sure many of you remember that fateful day in 1998, as you sank back into your inflatable chair in sorrow after learning that Opal Fruits were being rebranded.

"No one likes change," you told your Furby morosely.

Presenter Denise Van Outen unveiling the new Starburst branding. Credit: PA
Presenter Denise Van Outen unveiling the new Starburst branding. Credit: PA
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But past you will be delighted to learn that the cult classic sweet will be making a triumphant return in its original guise - Opal Fruits are back, baby!

Mars Wrigley UK, which makes the sweets, confirmed that Opal Fruits would be hitting selected UK shops 'in just a matter of weeks', explaining that it's not just the retro name that will be making a comeback.

"The treat will be offered in its original flavour format," a press release said, adding that this includes the separate lemon and lime sweets, which were merged with the introduction of Starburst to make way for a blackcurrant flavour.

Exciting times, eh?

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They're back! Credit: Mars Wrigley UK
They're back! Credit: Mars Wrigley UK

When they're released at the end of February, it'll only be for a limited period.

They'll be available for £1 exclusively at Poundland before becoming widely available in other discount stores like B&M, Home Bargans and Iceland.

Hannah Jackson, Senior Brand Manager at Mars said: "I'm delighted that Opal Fruits are making a special return to British shelves!

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"Bringing back the original flavours is sure to bring a smile to the faces of retro treat lovers across the nation.

"Be quick, though - they won't be available for long!"

Then you'll have to go back to Starburst. Credit: PA
Then you'll have to go back to Starburst. Credit: PA

If your sweet tooth can't handle any more change, don't worry, as Starburst will also still be available in shops during the limited return of Opal Fruits.

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But if it is nostalgia, Walkers also recently brought back two of its most iconic Wotsits flavours: Sizzling Steak (the artist formerly known as BBQ beef) and Flamin' Hot.

Credit: Walkers
Credit: Walkers

Speaking about the exciting news, Nick Day from Walkers said: "People have been reaching out to us non-stop on social media to bring back our iconic flavours, so we're pleased to announce that Wotsits Flamin' Hot and Sizzling Steak will soon be back in their hands, kicking off the year with a bang.

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"The new range has been given a flavour makeover to what was previously known as 'BBQ' and 'Flamin' Hot' but still maintains that classic taste fans will know and love."

Just goes to show that banging on the sorely-missed snacks of yesteryear sometimes pays off - speaking of which... Walkers, why haven't you brought back the Prawn Cocktail flavour?

Featured Image Credit: Mars Wrigley UK

Topics: Food, uk news, News, Sweets

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]