Star rock is less hard and brittle than traditional seaside rock, bearing more resemblance to a particularly hard toffee. Each stick of rock has a diameter similar to a pencil, and it is about 4 inches (10 centimetres) in length. Sticks are not sold singly, but packaged in a paper-wrapped bundle. The rock is of swirling shades of gold which reflect its major ingredients: sugar, golden syrup, margarine and flavouring. It has been claimed that these swirls give the rock its name, because in cross-section they look like a star. Unlike seaside rock, star rock does not have writing embedded in it.
- Robinson, Mairi "starrie", The Concise Scots Dictionary. Accessed October 1, 2007
- "Dictionary of the Scots Language:: SND :: starrie".