Question #1: What is the best flavor of Pop-Tart?
D. None of the above
Annnnd time’s up. If your answer was A, B, or C, you’re correct! If you chose D, I’m just going to assume you either didn’t study or your favorite flavor is Unfrosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon. Blech.
S’mores Pop-Tarts are basically a masterpiece in the world of processed breakfast foods. Plus, they’ve been around for years. So, in this season full of new s’mores-flavored products, Kellogg’s had to get a little creative and come up with a different summer flavor. Introducing new Limited Edition Frosted Pink Lemonade Pop-Tarts!
As I unwrapped these Frosted Pink Lemonade Pop-Tarts, I was immediately disappointed. The bright pink frosting is fun and summery, I guess. But where are all the sprinkles? Was the picture on the box taken right before that cartoon flamingo picked all of them off like a pigeon eating bread crumbs?
I’ve always toasted my Pop-Tarts, but pink lemonade is a beverage normally served ice cold. This was a dilemma–toast the Pop Tart as it’s meant to be eaten, or try it at a cooler temperature, like the drink it’s based on? After a few moments of deep self-reflection, I realized I had already taken two bites so I just shrugged and kept eating.
The Pop-Tart pastry is the standard crust–pretty bland for the most part. It’s very floury, with a hint of salt, but it mostly lacks any flavor at all. This is most obvious in bites along the outer edges. Moving toward the center of the Pop-Tart, the sugar frosting and inner filling help offset the bland pastry. The pink lemonade filling is light and grainy. The filling layer is really thin, which might just be the standard Pop-Tart composition these days. Still, that lack of filling compared to the amount of crust is kind of off-putting. It works for some flavors where the pastry is a different flavor in itself, but here, where the crust is plain, it’s not very appealing.
The flavor of the pink lemonade filling is more sweet than tart. Some tang kicked in as I took a few more bites, and definitely lingered in the aftertaste. This sweet/sour balance actually suits the drink it’s meant to represent, since pink lemonade is usually a bit sweeter than regular lemonade, with less of a pronounced sour bite. I thought the filling tasted similar to a powdered drink mix; Mrs. Snack Cellar likened it to a lemon bar. The citrusy filling isn’t too artificial, and tastes “fresh” enough to work for a breakfast pastry. Still, the filling was mostly muted by the dull pastry flavor.
When toasted, the dough improved quite a bit. It took on a fuller flavor, slightly salty and almost buttery, which worked well with the sweet and sour taste of the filling. Something about the toasting step seemed to help balance and bring out all of the various flavors in the Pop-Tart. The filling itself benefitted from the warmer temperature–it became less gritty and much smoother.
I thought these Pink Lemonade Pop-Tarts were decent, and Kellogg’s definitely gets points in my book for trying something new. I think they’re worth trying, as long as you keep in mind that they’re not going to be the “summer” Pop-Tart. That title, of course, belongs to S’mores.
|Item:||Kellogg’s Limited Edition Frosted Pink Lemonade Pop-Tarts|
|Price and Place of Purchase:||$2.99 at Target|
|Nutrition Facts (serving size-1 pastry):||200 calories, 45 calories from fat, 5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 2 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 1 gram of monounsaturated fat, 170 milligrams of sodium, 36 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 15 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.|
|In a Nutshell:||Pink Lemonade is an ambitious flavor, and Kellogg’s got the sweet/sour balance right for the most part. However, the lack of filling, along with the bland crust, plague the overall flavor. That may have been the easiest pop quiz in history. Unfrosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tarts are just the worst.|
|Overall Score:||7 out of 10|
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