We’ve all been there. It’s dinner time and the refrigerator is completely empty. You were too lazy to go grocery shopping this week, even though you managed to muster the energy to drive to five different Target stores looking for new junk food. (No? Just me? K.) So, you turn to Ol’ Faithful: PB&MFJ.
The story doesn’t end there, though. I know from experience that the making of a PB&J is never that simple. The bread is always expired, or you only have sugar-free apricot preserves on hand, or I’m almost out of peanut butter because I used a jar as dipping sauce for my Chips Ahoy! cookies the other night. Wait, I mean you’re almost out of peanut bu–whatever.
Pillsbury Limited Edition Peanut Butter & Strawberry Toaster Strudel Pastries are, of course, inspired by the classic PB&J sandwich. However, while the filling contains strawberry purée, there’s not actually peanut butter in the icing. Even though it’s not quite as authentic as say, a Smucker’s Uncrustable, Toaster Strudels are usually pretty true to their flavor. In Poppin’ Fresh we trust.
After my first Toaster Strudel came out of the toaster still cold in the middle, I shrugged at my second (slightly burnt) attempt and proceeded to the icing step. The icing is a thick liquid, and spreads like creamy peanut butter. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite taste like peanut butter. I couldn’t place it when I sampled a bit from the icing pouch, but it’s very sweet with an odd nutty tinge at the end. The strawberry filling, on the other hand, is great. It leans sweet too, but has a decent amount of tartness to reflect the taste of fresh berries. The pastry itself is the same one used throughout the Toaster Strudel line. It’s flaky, buttery, and provides a great base for the other flavors going on.
Eaten together, I could actually detect the taste of a complete PB&J sandwich at times. The sweet yet tart strawberry filling mixes well with the icing and actually seems to offset some of its weird tang, bringing out a stronger peanut butter flavor. The light, chewy pastry does its best to mimic two slices of bread, bringing the sandwich together. I say I was able to detect PB&J “at times” because in parts of the pastry with less filling, or that weren’t iced as much, the balance was thrown off and I either got a burst of the weird icing flavor or too much plain pastry.
Here’s a blanket complaint I have about Toaster Strudels: as simple as they are, they’re annoyingly difficult to make perfectly. It really is a tedious task trying to find the exact right temperature and cooking time for them. I get that this isn’t gourmet cooking by any means, but damn–at least when I throw a Pop Tart in the toaster, I know I’m not risking biting into an ice cube or scorching my fingerprints off. I guess you could say the same thing about just making a PB&J sandwich…but like I said, I’m out of peanut butter.
|Item:||Pillsbury Limited Edition Peanut Butter & Strawberry Toaster Strudel Pastries|
|Price and Place of Purchase:||$2.00 at Walmart|
|Nutrition Facts (serving size-1 pastry with icing):||180 calories, 60 calories from fat, 6 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 1.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 2 grams of monounsaturated fat, 180 milligrams of sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 10 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.|
|In a Nutshell:||Pastry and strawberry filling are true to their respective flavors, and make up for the shortcomings of the artificial peanut butter icing. Figuring out life hacks for frozen breakfast foods. Is there a “Toaster Strudel for Dummies” book anywhere?|
|Overall Score:||7 out of 10|
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