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So I was wandering down the cereal aisle in my local Tesco and this small box caught my eye, hiding among the corn flakes and the shreddies was these little boxes of tasty chocolatey sweet goodness. My local tesco only stocked two flavours, one of which is Frosted Choctastic and the other Strawberry sensation, these two boxes are priced at £2.15 for 4 pairs of pop tarts.
However I did check online on tesco groceries and they have more flavours available such as, Cookies and Creme, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, Hot fudge sundae and Brown Sugar and Cinnamon, all of which are £1.35 more expensive than the two stocked at my local tesco, the ones online are £3.50. I also did nip into a local shop here that sells american goodies and they had pop tarts, a flavour called S'mores, which I promptly bought, these are marshmallow and milk chocolate with a milk chocolate topping, they were being sold at this small shop in Scunthorpe for £4. I also checked Amazon to see which were available and you can purchase Chocolate Fudge, Cherry, Cinammon Roll, Confetti Cupcake, Raspberry, Wild Berry, Wild Grape, Cookie Dough, Strawberry and Strawberry Milkshake to name a few. They are however very highly priced on amazon, anywhere from £3.99 upwards.
So overall in the my cupboard as I speak I have three boxes of 8 Poptarts. The three flavours that I have are S'mores, Cookies and Creme and Frosted Choctastic. S'mores as I mentioned before are rows of milk chocolate and marshmallow wrapped up in the yummy biscuit, covered in a layer of milk chocolate, generously smeared onto the top of the biscuit. The marshmallow and the chocolate become runny once heated and blend together to create a taste sensation in your mouth.
The other flavours I own are Cookies and Creme, layers of Oreo resembling cookie and cream inside the buiscuit of a pop tart. There is also a layer of the cream like substance on top of the pop tart with a chocolatey coating sprinkled onto the top. The biscuit of this pop tart however is chocolate and is a dark brown colour compared to others which are beige. The last flavour I own are the ones from my local tesco, Frosted Choctastic. These pop tarts have a milk chocolate biscuit base, filled with a darker more rich chocolate filling, then topped with yet more milk chocolate in a layer smeared onto the biscuit and covered with a white chocolate sprinkling.
The packaging for these pop tarts is a small rectangular tall dark blue box, weighing a total of 400g, which equals to 50g per pop tart. The boxes have the Kelloggs branding on the top left hand corner of the box, and the writing Pop Tarts in large white lettering on the front of the packaging, this is so it stands out and is obviously noticed. The box then has a small banner with the flavour written on, the banner is different colours so it is set to represent the flavour of the pop tart that you are eating, for instance blueberry is blue, the choctasic flavour is brown. Under this banner you then have a picture of a pop tart, the flavour that you are eating, the picture has the top missing so you can see all the filling oozing out the pop tart.
On the sides of the packaging are all the regular information, such as the nutritional information, which states that each choctastic pop tart is 198kcal, totally 396 kcal for each sealed pack of two. The other side of my box of pop tarts has an advertisement for other Kelloggs cereal. The back of the box is the same as the front, with the name, the banner and the logo featuring an open pop tart. Inside the box you get four packs of individually sealed pop tarts, each sealed in a foil wrapper for extra freshness, this is to keep the taste and the flavour locked in.
To cook my pop tarts all I really do without sounding patronising is get them out of their packaging and pop them into the toaster. I pop one into each side and let them cook, I just leave them for the same time I leave my toast and this means they come out warm and the inside all fused together. The pop tarts have never burnt in my toaster and I have the toaster set to number 3. I eat my pop tarts on their own with nothing added, in my opinion this is the only way to eat a pop tart. The pop tart itself is very sweet no matter what flavour you have, two of these pop tarts are definitely enough as anymore would leave you feeling quite sickly as they contain a lot of sugar, 17g in each pop tart.
Overall I would suggest buying the pop tart as a sweet treat for yourself or your children, I would however not use this as a breakfast alternative. I would use as a snack, or supper before bed. This is because it is quite filling but not filling enough to keep you going until dinner. I would definitely recommend the frosted choctastic pop tarts from Tesco as a starter to test if you like them, because £3.50 is a lot of money if you are unsure and need to throw them away. They are definitely a tasty alternative to any breakfast cereal.
Pop Tarts are a "breakfast item" from Kellogs that appeared in the 1960's (according to the website) but I only remember them gaining popularity in the mid-1990's. They are a thin pastry which encases a filling (typically chocolate, strawberry or marshmallow - although special editions do exist, they are just very difficult to get hold of) and some have icing on the top, some are just plain pastry all the way around.
== Buying Pop Tarts==
They are sold in boxes of 8 but are sold in packs of two wrapped in a foil wrapper for freshness which I think is really useful - it also stops you from wanting to open two packets if you might be feeling a wee bit greedy! I recently went on a mission to find Pop Tarts again following a minor craving (I blame pregnancy hormones...!) and found it quite difficult to find them. Sainsbury's have stopped stocking them but luckily my local village shop stocks the strawberry and icing version which are my favourite flavour. I have also seen chocolate with icing but the marshmallow flavour is very difficult to get hold of nowadays. They are about £2.15 per box in Tesco (also found them online) and £2.65 in my local shop.
=="Cooking Pop Tarts"==
You can either eat Pop Tarts straight from the packet or pop them in the toaster for 30 seconds. They come out hotter than the sun so be careful! I like mine to be slightly browning at the pastry edges but the jam in the middle really does try and burn your tongue off then. They are only supposed to be "warmed" due to the jam or filling in the middle. They are very easy to "cook" and very quick too.
Well this is where it all goes wrong. Each Pop Tart has 200 calories in it....so 400 calories per two pack. If you classed this as a breakfast item, you really would need two of them as they aren't very filling and even after two...I'm not usually full up for the day ahead. I don't eat them for breakfast, I just eat one occasionally as a very high calories snack. Perhaps this is why they reduced in popularity? The high calorie content?! Who knows.
These are difficult to get hold of items with high calorie content and limited flavour options. They also aren't particularly cheap when compared to other "breakfast" items such as cereal and toast. However, for an occasional treat, they are absolutely delicious!!!! So I have to highly recommend them! :)
I adore pop tarts, and if I could get away with it I would eat them for every meal of the day.
Pop tarts can be found in most supermarkets, usually amongst the cereals. Supermarket selection however can be very limited, so I sometimes order online to get a bigger choice. They come in a bright blue box with a yummy looking pop tart picture on the front - got to appeal to the kids, right? These cost about £2.50 and there are eight pop tarts in a box - four foil packets, each containing two tarts. Two is the appropriate amount as one just isn't enough, and any more than two and you're feeling seriously guilty about the high amount of calories and fat you've just consumed. At over 200 calories per pop tart these can mount the calories pretty quickly.
The Pop Tarts themselves are rectangular in shape, the pastry on the outside (after being toasted - only needs a minute or so) is crisp and the chocolate on the inside is gooey and delicious. Just be careful it's not too hot or you'll burn your tongue! It's also really easy to burn your fingers taking them out of the toaster be careful. I sometimes eat these without toasting them, still tasty and less dangerous. I could do without the frosting on the top of these, it's pretty unnecessary. I will say that these are not meant for people who do not have a sweet tooth. They can become sickly very quickly (*heh*) even for the most practised sweet eaters.
In summary, these are scrummy treats and should not be eaten everyday, as much as I'd love a metabolism that could cope with that. Maybe make them your Friday breakfast, or even Monday - what a nice start to the week.
I have tried Kellogg's pop tarts on several occasions, in a variety of flavours but had never actually purchased them myself until yesterday. It was a bit of an impulse purchase as I had only gone into the local Londis for a few essentials (I definitely don't class pop tarts as essential!). For some reason I had always thought they were really over priced but I bought a pack of 8 for £2.70 which doesn't seem that bad value really.
I bought a flavour called Chocotastic. This silly name combined with the bright orange and yellow packaging and sickly looking picture of a pop tart would definitely appeal to children. Personally I don't like the idea of an unhealthy snack having this kind of packaging and I think it would irritate me if I had young children (my baby is only ten months so a bit too young for a pop tart!) who were drawn to the packaging, asking for me to buy it for them.
When you open the box you see four foil packets each containing two pop tarts. I think this encourages you to eat more than you really need. I think one pop tart makes a good treat but as the packet is open you feel you "must" toast the two, or maybe that's just me! The instructions say to toast the pop tarts on the lowest setting so that's what I did. After 1 minute my two pop tarts were ready. You must be very careful not to burn yourself as they can get very hot and I certainly wouldn't let a child toast these themselves. However, mine were at the perfect temperature.
The pop tart was essentially chocolate pastry with a gooey chocolate filling and chocolate icing. I can see why it is called Chocotastic. It was delicious. The pastry was lovely and crumbly, the gooey filling was moist, and the icing was simply the icing on the cake (or pop tart!). It was overwhelmingly sweet and sickly so I did feel a bit sick after the second tart. When I purchased the pop tarts they were on the shelves with breakfast cereals and they do seem to be marketed as a breakfast snack. There is no way I would have wanted one of these first thing in the morning so in my opinion they are much better suited for an afternoon snack or dessert. I had mine with a cup of tea after lunch. Tea and pop tarts make an amazing combination!
So having already indulged in two pop tarts I thought I better have a read of the box to find out what these are actually made of and how unhealthy they really are. The ingredients include flour, sugar (not really a surprise), fat reduced cocoa, various syrups, beef gelatine, colouring and flavourings (and a few other things too). So this definitely doesn't sound healthy and sure enough they are 198 calories per pop tart and 6g of fat. I definitely should have stuck to the one pop tart!
Over all I would describe pop tarts as a delicious but unhealthy quick to prepare snack. They make a good occasional treat but I wouldn't advise eating these on a regular basis and certainly not for breakfast.
When we were over in New york me and the wife recently she decided that she was going to bring home a box of Pop Tarts, but a different kind of flavour as to the Strawberry ones you get over here. Unfortunately we could only find Strawberry over there as well. So much for a more exotic flavour elsewhere. She was in the mood for them anyway so we bought some to have in our Apartment over there.
I hadn't had Pop tarts for years, so decided I wanted to try them again. I remember them as being quite sweet but not that filling. Not sure how much we paid for them over there. Over here you get them in a 8 pack and I think they cost around £2. They are wrapped in 2's and all in a cardboard box. Found in the Cereal aisle as these are marketed as a Breakfast.
You just pop these in the toaster just like Bread and this cooks them. They are Pastry with a filling, which ours was a Strawberry jam and there is a slathering of icing on 1 side of the pastry. Not too thick, so you can get the Jam mixing with the Pastry no problem. These are quite hot when they come out of the Toaster so perhaps a bit better to nibble on these instead of trying to wolf them down.
They are as sweet as I can remember. I don't know if I need the icing on these, as they are nice just with the Jam and Pastry.
Don't have the pack to hand but think each tart has over 140 calories and the fat isn't that great either.
2 of these made an ok start to the day, but I was still a bit hungry about half an hour afterwards. They just aren't the most filling thing. Nice enough if you want a sweet breakfast, almost a Dessert. but something I couldn't eat that much of.
Ah, Pop Tarts. A fond childhood memory, and a product that for the past ten or fifteen years I had assumed was discontinued - I thought that their unhealthiness and complete disregard of Health and Safety guidelines would have made them distinctly unfashionable in the 21st century. My uni has a student night called 'Pop Tarts' (playing the cheesiest retro pop tunes!) so I had been wondering for a while whether they were still available, but it wasn't until a recent trip to a large Tesco's that I spied them in the middle of the cereal aisle. Of course I had to pop a packet in my basket!
There were two flavours available, a chocolate one and 'Strawberry Sensation' - I chose the latter as they were closest to what I remember from childhood. I think a box cost around £1.80 and you get 8 pop tarts: 4 individually-wrapped packs of 2 tarts. The 'Strawberry Sensation' box is orange and yellow in colour with a more-or-less accurate picture of the tart on the front.
Unless my memory is playing tricks on me, I'm sure you never used to be able to get the frosted coating AND strawberry filling on the same pop tart - I think there used to be one variety with a filling in a plain pastry, and one without a filling but with the frosted topping. Imagine my joy at getting them both together! I popped a tart in the toaster for the recommended 1 minute, then tentatively took a bite (the filling can get VERY hot, so be careful!). I was not disappointed! The pastry was soft and smooth, except at the edges where it had been slightly burnt by the toaster, but this just added to the texture. The strawberry filling was more like the filling you get in a Jammie Dodger or a shop-bought cake than actual jam, but was still tasty: fruity and sweet. The frosted coating looked colourful and pretty, and added extra texture and sugary-icing flavour to the tart. It was definitely as good as I remembered!
Although Pop Tarts are marketed as a breakfast food, I personally wouldn't eat them for this purpose (unless I REALLY felt like it) - much as I love sugar, if I have too much of it in the morning I have a really bad energy crash before lunch. My own preference is to have a Pop Tart with my afternoon cuppa. I think these would be especially nice in the winter - imagine, a hot warming cup of tea AND a hot warming sweet pastry! Yum!
These are definitely an occasional treat - at 198 calories, 16g of sugar and 6g of fat per Pop Tart it's probably inadvisable to have too many. Despite Kellogg's packing them in pairs in the foil wrappers, I stick to one at a time. I do like the foil wrappers though, as they have cute little pictures on, such as two Pop Tarts with arms and legs holding hands on a beach... aww!
I bet children would love these, but I recommend that an adult heat the Pop Tart for the child, or at least supervise them. I'm 24 (albeit a particularly clumsy 24-year-old) and I've managed to burn my fingers on these already. It would be even easier and more painful to burn your mouth on the hot filling. Even the packet has a big red CAUTION imprinted on the side to warn you to be careful!
Allergy information: contains soy and wheat. Darn (actually the word I used was much stronger!), looking at the ingredients list the product actually contains beef gelatin, so is not suitable for vegetarians! It really makes me angry when products contain completely unnecessary animal products. It never even occurred to me to check. I'm a veggie so it looks like I won't be buying these again, though that doesn't mean you shouldn't.
Pop tarts remind me of my childhood and teenage years.
I used to have these for breakfast before school quite often, mainly the chocolate flavour as I didn't really like any of the other flavours that they offered.
Pop tarts are made by Kellogs, and are easily cooked in the toaster. They take less than a minute to heat up, and boy do they taste great, but only for those with a sweet tooth, or else you may find them a bit too sickly.
The chocolate pop tarts are crunchy on the outside, but have a wonderful, gooey and warm chocolate centre thats just tastes awesome, and you get two of them in a foil pack. You get about 4 foil packs in a box, for around £2, so its not a great bargain but worth the money in terms of taste.
The major downside to pop tarts, is that they are really laden with fat and calories, as can be expected from anything so sweet tasting and yummy. There is approx. 150 calories to a pop tart, but I am not too sure what the actual fat content is. I know its high so try to enjoy this as an occasional treat, not as an everyday thing as they are not great for you in terms of health.
These can be bought in all good supermarkets, and are some times found with cereals, and sometimes with the cereal bars. All depends on where exactly you shop, but you should be able to find them
The main flavours are chocolate and strawberry, but I believe there are other flavours too, you just have to look out for them.
I recommed these to all as a great tasting treat, or quick and simple breakfast for those on the go.
Kelloggs pop tarts have been around for a very long time, well for the frosted pop tarts you would be going back to 1967 but introduced into the UK in the early 90's.
Pop tarts are flat rectangular pastries which need to be toasted for a few minutes to heat them up as a breakfast cereal. Between two pastry crusts you will find one of a number of flavours ready to ooze out at you. Some of the tarts come with a flavoured frosted incing on one side aswell. You can buy them in boxes, and within the boxes are 4 foil packets each containg 2 pop tarts. They also cost roughly £2.12 per box which is quite high i feel. But your paying for a rare item in this instance so makes up for it slightly!
Now pop tarts come in many flavours, although most of them are not available in the Uk, why is that such a shock!!!
The flavours we do get though are :
Chcolate and marshmellow
If you are lucky to find more congratulations, they seem to be few and far between these days.
Now onto the taste
The pastry is quite firm, it has to be to keep the filling inside but is quite bland in taste although sweet. The fillings depending on which one you get is usually very very tasty, moreish and sticky. But excellent none the less. So overall with the two combined you have the makings of a winner!
So for a relatively quick snack or breakfast these are great, being quick and easy to make and ready to eat in minutes!
I remember the old style pop tarts which simply consisted of pastry with jam in the middle, in my house we enjoyed these a lot and were very disappointed when they stopped making them and introduced ones only covered in icing. This review is for Strawberry Sensation flavour only. We buy our pop tarts from Tesco where they retail at £2.18 for a box of 8 (400g). The packaging is slightly different than that in the picture, they are in an orange cardboard box with yellow circles on and have a large white pop tart logo with a picture depicting the product. Inside, there are 4 individually wrapped foil portions, each with 2 pop tarts inside. They can be found in the cereal aisle, usually with the cereal bars.
Each pop tart is around 3-4 inches wide and about 5 inches tall. They are flat pastries which are less than a cm thick. The icing covers the front of the product but a small border of pastry can be seen around the edges. The icing on this particular flavour is white with orange and pink hundreds and thousands on top.
To cook pop tarts, you simply pop them in the toaster, I find I usually leave mine in there for around a minute until the pastry is suitably soft but depending on how well done you like yours confirms the cooking time. I find that if I leave mine in for too long the edges quickly turn black which ruins the taste for me. I absolutely love the taste of pop tarts and have never found anything remotely similar. The pastry I find to be soft and smooth and tastes very creamy. The icing is not too sweet and does actually complement the product well, the hundreds and thousands add a hint of strawberry flavouring and add texture. The jam inside is more like a jelly or paste as it has a completely different texture to jam, it is more similar to that that you would find in biscuits. However, this jam has a good strawberry flavour and complements the pastry well.
Unfortunately these pop tarts are not very good for you so we only have them as a treat, each tart contains 198 calories, 16g sugar and 5g fat (1g which saturates), they also contain 2.5g of salt which is 42% of the recommended daily allowance!
We really enjoy these in our house and although they are quite expensive we find they are good as a treat. However, we find they are not as filling as toast and cereal and we often top up our breakfast with something else. I would recommend these to anyone with a sweet tooth or as an occasional treat for children as they are a fun breakfast or snack!
Would be 5 stars for taste but dropping a star due to nutritional value and price.
Kellogs pop tarts are yet another great breakfast accompanyment or breakfast item by itself. For those times when you crave for something sweet, this is a great snack.
Yes, this is a snack that needs to be toasted. The name does justice to it because you can shove these in your toaster and when they pop out, they are ready to be eaten (for the best taste).
These are available in great many flavours and to change the introduction of the flavours Kelloggs has named created very attractive pictures on the package. The package is a rectangular box with each poptart wrapped in shiny thin packing. The outer box is dark blue with Kellogg's marked at the top left in red. The pastries are pictured in the middle.
I have tried their chocolate chip flavour and the strawberry one that is also sprinkled with tiny colourful chocolate/candy pieces. I am going to try the cinnamon flavour the next time.
Each box contains 8 tarts. If I buy a box, I simply have to finish it within 24 hours so I have to think each time I visit my local Tesco if or not I should buy this calorie filled food.
Pop Tarts have been around for years, I remember sulking when I was not allowed to have them for breakfast when I was a kid so I think picking up a packet was an act of belated teenage rebellion, either that or I had a new toaster to try out and I wanted to play with my new toy!
I paid £1.99 for a 400g pack from Asda which contained 8 pop tarts which were foil wrapped into four packages of two pop tarts to keep them fresh. I chose the strawberry sensation flavour and there are also chocolate flavour ones.
These are easy to prepare, just pop them into the toaster on its lowest heat setting and when it pops up you have a delicious snack to eat. I prefer to toast them twice, that way they go slightly burnt round the edges and taste even better.
The pop tart itself comprises of strawberry fruit filling in a frosted pastry. They are delicious; the pastry is like a thin biscuit and is lovely and crumbly when it is warm. The filling is like a delicious hot jam, very syrupy and sweet and the thin layer of icing has little sprinkles on it which are delicious warm.
These tastes all combine very well to give a lovely sweet, gooey sensation. The fact that they are hot makes them nicer than most biscuits. You need to take care when eating them, the sugary filling gets extremely hot and if you take a massive bite then you will be likely to get a burnt tongue.
These are marketed as a breakfast food but I can't imagine anyone starting the day on them. They have a massive 198 calories per tart and contain 13% of your GDA of saturated fat. One tart is hardly filling so you would probably need two for breakfast doubling the damage you are doing to your body. Sugary foods tend to lead to a spike in blood sugar making you hungry again a couple of hours later so you would probably end up reaching for a snack mid morning.
I love these as a snack or a pudding after dinner, still unhealthy but ok for a treat. The kids loved them too and thought it was very mean they were not allowed them for breakfast.
If you want to give your children a tasty snack, without loading them with fat and sugar, then these are a possibility for occasional consumption. Getting the kids to eat breakfast is sometimes hard, but these look fun and taste great. I know they are not aimed at adults, but I have tried these too many times and they taste great.
Per pop tart there is 2.5g of saturated fat, 0.6g of salt and 17g of bad sugars. So it is only really the sugar that this product scores really badly on. Looking at the salt, a childs daily allowance is 4g and 6g for an adult. So one or two of these for one breakfast a week is more than OK. With a varied diet, although the sugar is high, a healthy non-sugary lunch and main meal would certainly counteract any concerns. I always watch what I feed my kids, and I am OK with this product.
Heating up in the toaster is a non-messy affair. Just 30 seconds is normally a good time. The topping does not melt. The taste is good, they are not crispy, rather quite soft. Two of them is quite filling, but one is not quite enough (for me), so you might find that one and a bit of fruit is a better combination.
Kellogg's Pop Tarts
I have a slight addiction to these Kellogg's pop tarts especially the chocolate variety. They were out when I was younger and my mum would never buy them for me so I suppose I am making up for lost time now. They come as far as I am aware only in two flavours, chocolate or strawberry. I have tried the strawberry ones only once and thought that they nowhere compared to the gorgeousness that was the chocolate variety.
They cost £1.99p and I have seen them available in most supermarkets such as Tesco or Morrison's. They come packaged in a cardboard box and inside are wrapped up in silver foil in a portion size of two tarts. In total there are 8 tarts in a box making four different portions wrapped up.
A portion size of two tarts can sometimes be a little two much but they are not liable to go too soft even if you only eat one from a portioned packed. They are already cooked so can be eaten cold, straight out of the packet but I much prefer to heat them up in the toaster. You have to be so careful as they can get very hot indeed and once the chocolate stuck to the roof of my mouth and I am sure I still have a large scar there so remind me not to be too hasty to eat them again!
Pop tarts are basically chocolate pastry treats. They are around 10cm in length and 5 in width. They have a chocolate icing coating on the top and inside is gooey chocolate spread filling. This filling is what really gets hot when you heat the pop tart in the toaster so be careful!
The taste of the pop tarts is really second to none. They are very sweet and certainly give you that chocolate run that is so often needed. I have never looked at the calorie content and do not intent to now for this review for fear of being put off them for life. I expect they are really bad for you because they taste so good. The way the icing layer on the outside is sweet and crunchy along with the chocolate pastry case that just seems to crumble in the mouth. Then once you reach the centre and the gooey filling oozes out it really gives you a taste sensation!
I can easily finish the whole box within a few days just because they are so tasty and decidedly moreish! I have had a look on line and it looks as though they have their own website but it seems a little like gibberish but it does appear there are more flavours available than I first though but these I found are not widely available.
I would highly recommend these pop tarts to anyone with a sweet tooth and of course for all chocolate lovers out their. They taste good, are a reasonable price and are just chocolate heaven! Of course not knowing the calorie content makes them calorie free! So no guilt wither! 10/10
I hope this has been of some help to you. Enjoy your tarts!!!