[2-Pack Review] Kellogg’s Frosted Crush Orange and Frosted A&W Root Beer Pop-Tarts

As I’ve mentioned in past reviews, I am a proud “90s kid.” As such, my young and impressionable brain was exposed to some of the greatest jingles, slogans, and catchphrases of all-time. For example, this amazing skit brought to you by Kenan and Kel:

I’m realizing now that I have absolutely no idea what is funny about that scene. If I was standing in a convenience store and a gentleman burst in professing his love for a soft drink at the top of his lungs, I wouldn’t stand there and watch as he proceeded to play tonsil hockey with the bottle. Isn’t Mr. Rigby concerned about Kel manhandling the merchandise? How do we know the antics stopped there? That scene just gave me the heebie jeebies in a serious way.

Soda groping aside, that scene really takes me back. I loved orange soda as a kid, mainly because of Kenan and Kel. I also loved all soda as a kid because sugar. So, when I heard about the new Pop-Tart flavors, my inner 90s kid was overjoyed. Soda for breakfast? Six-year-old me only could have dreamed about this. Introducing Kellogg’s Frosted Crush Orange and Frosted A&W Root Beer Pop-Tarts!

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First up, we have Frosted Crush Orange Pop-Tarts. The Kellogg’s website describes these Pop-Tarts as having “a swirl of orange color in the frosting and a tangy, citrusy-flavored filling.” The frosting swirl, while providing no apparent taste difference from standard Pop-Tart frosting, was fun and amusing, much like our friend Kel.

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Unfortunately, the fun stopped there. The pastry is the same bland pastry that plagued Pink Lemonade Pop-Tarts. It’s floury and somewhat salty, and nothing else. The filling carries a bold orange flavor, but it’s more tart than sweet. I was reminded more of sour citrus gummy candy than a refreshing can of orange soda.

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When I warmed a Frosted Crush Orange Pop-Tart in the toaster, the harsh sour taste seemed to mellow a bit, bringing out a bit more sweetness. The filling became less grainy, which seemed to blend better with the softened warm pastry. Although I typically prefer my soft drinks ice cold, this Pop-Tart is much more enjoyable when heated. Despite my better judgment, I decided to carry on and try the Frosted A&W Root Beer flavor next.

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According to Kellogg’s, these Pop-Tarts have “sweet, white frosting and root beer-flavored filling.” The frosting is the standard sugary taste–nothing special here, even with the multicolored sprinkles. At first glance, the pastry’s color suggests that it might have a different flavor, and while I was mostly met with the same floury/salty combination, I could swear there was some slight root beer flavor in the pastry itself.

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Fortunately, the filling of the Frosted A&W Root Beer Pop-Tart is far more pleasant than the Frosted Crush Orange filling. It’s still very strong, but it’s sweeter and more complex. You know how you can’t really describe all of the flavors in root beer? Yeah…this Pop-Tart has, like, 12 of them. The taste of the filling strongly reminded me of a piece of root beer barrel candy. In fact, it might actually be too sweet. I really enjoy root beer, and I don’t think I could even handle eating more than one of these at one time. When warm, the Pop-Tart’s pastry again seemed to provide some flavor balance, but possibly at the expense of the filling’s complexity. This flavor might actually be better cold.

While neither of these new Pop-Tarts is terrible, I wouldn’t eat them by the box either–which is too bad, because I now have two Family Packs of Pop-Tarts sitting in my pantry. I do think they’re worth trying, if soda-flavored Pop-Tarts are your thing. The Frosted A&W Root Beer Pop-Tart was far from perfect, but I at least picked up some aspects of an authentic root beer flavor. Frosted Crush Orange, on the other hand, was overly tart and didn’t seem to reflect orange soda at all. I know this for sure: Kel definitely wouldn’t love it nearly as much as the real thing.

…Maybe that’s a good thing.

Item: Kellogg’s Frosted Crush Orange and Frosted A&W Root Beer Pop-Tarts
Price and Place of Purchase: $3.68 each at Walmart
Nutrition Facts (serving size-1 pastry)*:

*Nutrition Facts are the same for both flavors.

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: Soda flavors are a fun and new territory for Pop-Tarts. Root beer flavor is enjoyable and captures a lot of the authentic taste. The orange flavor, however, is very sour and only slightly more enjoyable after toasting. Disappointing a Nickelodeon celebrity. Soda groping.
Overall Score: Frosted Crush Orange: 5 out of 10

Frosted A&W Root Beer: 6.5 out of 10

Our friends at Junk Banter also reviewed Frosted Crush Orange and Frosted A&W Root Beer Pop-Tarts. So did Cerealously (here and here). And The Impulsive Buy, too (here and here). Check them out!

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