Case Closed!

Aha!

I did a little internet research, as I felt my tongue melting away after my latest Starburst candy rampage. I examined the package excavated from my little trash can, and lo and behold, I had purchased a “limited edition” flavor of “Starburst: Icy Burst” candies.

So the chemical, non-food aftertaste is intentional, not some kind of “mixed up the experimental fuel additive with the Starburst ingredients at the factory” mishap.

And, (thank you Google) there are a lot of people on the internet who are mildly pissed off about this… because the “Icy Burst” additive includes MSG, among other reasons, and also because the unexpected burning sensation it produces is not as pleasurable as the good folks at Starburst might have anticipated.

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