This is a “throwback review” for Frosted Caramel Apple Pop-Tarts, which recently returned to shelves. This review, which was originally published on October 4, 2016, has been updated with new photos.
Someday, when humans are long gone and aliens have taken over Earth, alien historians will attempt to piece together clues into the way we lived. They’ll wonder why Peanut Butter Toast Crunch was ever discontinued. They’ll ask why it was ever socially acceptable to wear socks and Crocs at the same time. They’ll roll their eyes at our companies’ terrible attempts to be funny through social media.
Can someone put me in the picture with the Pumpkin Spice Fudge Stripes? I haven’t been to the Photo Shop. pic.twitter.com/3slP6LFKxo
— Ernie Keebler (@KeeblerElves) September 12, 2016
Ugh. Just the worst. But most of all, those alien historians will scoff at the fact that we took one of our most nutritious forms of sustenance, fruit, and slathered it in just about every form of added sugar we could think of. Strawberry shortcake. Banana splits. Chocolate covered cherries. And of course, a beloved fall treat: caramel apples.
According to my diligent research (aka a quick search on Google), caramel apples were invented in the 1950s when some bored fat guy decided to dunk some apples in caramel sauce while working in a factory. To my surprise, a second quick search on ancestry.com determined that he and I are not related. Just kindred spirits, I guess.
Determined to leave alien historians another clue of our many attempts to eat as poorly as possible, Kellogg’s has now graced civilization with new Limited Edition Frosted Caramel Apple Pop-Tarts. The most recent new flavors prior to these were purposely and intentionally designed to taste like soda. So, these are already an improvement.
Frosted Caramel Apple Pop-Tarts feature a caramel apple filling within the standard Pop-Tart pastry. Opening the wrapper, there’s actually a faint apple smell, and the frosting is similar in color to those Caramel Apple Pops we’ve all had way too many of. The filling is separated into alternating rows of caramel and apple throughout the length of the pastry.
The apple filling actually tastes quite a bit like fresh apples–it’s sweet, with just a bit of tartness. The caramel filling is salty and buttery, and very slightly sweet. The flavors of the filling mix really nicely together, and pull off a true “caramel apple” flavor well.
I just noticed something. This is the first Pop-Tart that I can recall where the pastry didn’t negatively impact the flavor. In every other Pop-Tart I’ve eaten that uses the standard pastry, there has always been a salty and floury taste to work through. That’s not the case here. I’m not sure if the pastry has improved (probably not) or the filling is just so good I didn’t care (probably), but this is a very, very good thing. These Pop-Tarts only get better after a few seconds in the toaster: the apple taste perks up even more, and the caramel becomes slightly sweeter.
Congratulations, Kellogg’s. You’ve redeemed yourself with this one. Frosted Caramel Apple Pop-Tarts are one of the better Pop-Tart flavors I’ve ever had, and I honestly hope this becomes a regular flavor. At the very least, I hope the alien historians recognize it as one of our greatest achievements.
|How Much It Cost and Where I Bought It:||$3.68 at Walmart|
|Just the (Nutrition) Facts:
Serving size—1 pastry
|200 calories, 50 calories from fat, 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 2 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 1 gram of monounsaturated fat, 180 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:||One of the best Pop-Tart flavors I’ve ever had. Caramel apple filling is excellent, and pastry doesn’t ruin it (for once). Alien historians. Socks and Crocs.|
|Overall Score:||8.5 out of 10|