The battle of good vs. evil.
It’s a battle that shows up everywhere in your daily life, whether you realize it or not. For example, deciding whether to tip the pizza delivery guy even though he was an hour late, or not tip him at all. Choosing between eating an apple, or an entire Big Crunch Bar. Putting on some clean underwear, or just sticking with the same ones I’ve had on for the last four days. All hypothetical examples, you know.
The latest entrant in the fight between good and evil is Kellogg’s new Exclusive Villains Edition Chocolate Sugar Cookie Pop-Tarts. These follow last year’s super lame Exclusive Justice League Edition Frosted Strawberry Pop-Tarts, which were just Strawberry Pop-Tarts with cartoon superheroes on them. Weak. The DC villains brought us an entirely new Pop-Tart flavor! So who’s really winning this battle? You tell me. (Hint: it’s evil, duh.)
Side note: aside from the totally awesome new Pop-Tart flavor, I’m also excited for this “Exclusive Villains Edition” because I’ve always preferred villains over heroes. The Joker is better than Batman, Darth Vader is better than Luke Skywalker, Scar is better than Simba, you get the idea. So imagine my excitement when I turned the Pop-Tarts box around, expecting to see another group of half-funny “Flop Tarts” sketches, and instead found this:
Each “Printed Fun” Pop-Tart features a different cartoon villain. Some are immediately recognizable and some are lesser known, but there’s something for every DC fan here. The two Pop-Tarts I happened to unwrap for this review had wonderfully clear and vivid art on them. As Printed Fun Pop-Tarts go, I’m pretty impressed.
Frosted Chocolate Sugar Cookie Pop-Tarts utilize features of two Pop-Tarts I’ve already reviewed, so I’ll keep this part brief. The chocolate pastry is the same one used in Chocolate Fudge/Spookylicious Pop-Tarts–not quite as bland as the standard pastry thanks to its cocoa vibe, but still floury and somewhat salty. The filling is, as expected, the same great filling as Frosted Sugar Cookie Pop-Tarts. It’s sugary and buttery with hints of vanilla. The Printed Fun frosting adds nothing but sugar.
Since we know the main stars already, how do they combine? The answer is…they don’t. The chocolate and sugar cookie flavors are apparent in every bite, but they never actually merge into a harmonious pairing. The more I chewed, the more those two flavors just seemed to alternate back and forth. I couldn’t help but wonder: is the flavor balance actually supposed to be this way? Were Frosted Chocolate Sugar Cookie Pop-Tarts intentionally designed to be a poignant commentary on the eternal struggle between good and bad forces? I’m usually not one to wax poetic about the hidden meaning of junk food, but…yeah, probably.
The separate components of Frosted Chocolate Sugar Cookie Pop-Tarts improve when toasted. The pastry becomes softer and richer, and the sugary filling takes on a deliciously gooey quality. Still, the flavors never seem to truly blend. The chocolate works, the sugar cookie works. They just don’t actually come together.
Kellogg’s Exclusive Villains Edition Frosted Chocolate Sugar Cookie Pop-Tarts bring back two well-liked features from past Pop-Tart flavors, and that makes them enjoyable in their own right. The sticking point for me is that the chocolate pastry and sugar cookie filling, both individually great, never quite seem to come together. Ultimately though, Chocolate Sugar Cookie Pop-Tarts are still a fun new flavor and definitely worth a buy. Chalk this up as a “W” for the villains.
|Item:||Kellogg’s Exclusive Villains Edition Frosted Chocolate Sugar Cookie Pop-Tarts|
|Price and Place of Purchase:||$3.68 at Walmart|
|Nutrition Facts (serving size-1 pastry):||190 calories, 40 calories from fat, 4.5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 1.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 1 gram of monounsaturated fat, 190 milligrams of sodium, 36 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 14 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein.|
|In a Nutshell:||Flavorful chocolate pastry and fantastic sugar cookie filling. Taste bounces back and forth between the two. The eternal struggle between good and evil. The eternal question of how many days it’s been since I changed my underwear.|
|Overall Score:||7.5 out of 10|
Cerealously also reviewed Kellogg’s Exclusive Villains Edition Frosted Chocolate Sugar Cookie Pop-Tarts! Check it out here.
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