Starbursts and Sweet Chilli

October 31st, 2015 | Uncategorized

Although everything about Ireland is awesome, there are two things that Ireland does infinitely better than the United States: sweets (chocolate and candy for all the Americans) and sweet chilli flavoring!


I probably sound so strange talking about a particular flavoring. But I am not kidding when I say that I am absolutely obsessed with sweet chilli flavoring! I realized I had a slight addiction when I bought lunch one day and realized I ordered a sweet chilli chicken wrap, with a side of sweet chilli crisps (chips). My obsession doesn’t stop there though, in my kitchen, there will always be at least one bottle of sweet chilli sauce to flavor every dinner I have. To say the least, Ireland has opened my eyes to the best flavoring I have ever had in my life!


Although the sweet chilli flavoring was something completely new to me, I thought when I bought a pack of Starbursts it would be very similar to the American candy. I was wrong, but in the best way possible. Starbursts here are a thousand times better than in the States!


Initially upon opening one of the candies, I was a little bit skeptical because Irish Starbursts don’t have the best flavor… the pink one of course! I got over that slight issue when I tasted one and realized how juicy and flavorful the candy was! It was incomparable to the United States version.


To add, the Starbursts were not florescent colors like they are in the United States. The candies had a slight shade of color to them but nothing more. Although colors do make them more fun, the fact that there were no artificial colors in the Irish version made it an added plus. I am not a health freak, but it’s nice to know that I am not eating ‘red dye number 5…’ whatever that even is.


Moral of the story is… America is doing “sweets” wrong. We need to switch over to the good stuff; otherwise I will have to find a way to smuggle over sweet chilli chips and all my favorite “sweets.” 


Victory Scholar: Sarah Benedetti

Present University: University of Limerick

US League: NEC

Club/Community Partner: UL Huskies

Alma Mater: St. Francis College 

Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland


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