Softening Starburst Candies

So I did a couple quick experiments today because I recently discovered an unopened bag of Starbursts that had gotten a bit on the hard side.

Method 1:
Pop the starburst, still inside the individually wrapped package, into the microwave for 10 seconds. The result is a slightly warm and definitely gooey starburst. I was a bit afraid of the paper catching on fire or melting though so I decided to try another method.

Method 2:
Put the starburst, unwrapped, into the microwave for 5 seconds on a paper towel. The result was a slightly more chewy, but still a bit tough, non-warm starburst.

Now, I am torn wondering if the difference was the 5 seconds, the lack of packaging, or microwave placement (I am sure it matters on that short of a time scale).

Anyway, the point is that if you have some starburst candies that are too tough, pop them in the microwave for 5-10 seconds and they will be more chewable. It might require a longer time if you do a lot at the same time.