Serious Eats describes the 23 varieties of Kellogg’s most loved frosted pastry of childhood
Max Falkowitz might just have the best job in the world, or at least the dream job of every child under the age of 10. As National Editor of Serious Eats, Falkowitz had the privilege of taste testing all 23 flavors of Pop-Tarts, the rectangular, toaster pastry packed with love and sugar by Kellogg Company.
Boxes of goodness were neatly packaged in foil and shipped out to the Serious Eats HQ so testers could break down the taste and experience of eating numerous varies of the pastry from the traditional to seasonal to novel. Their descriptions are like mouth-watering reminders of the sweet tastes of childhood. Consider yourself one of the lucky ones if you were able to bite into the limited edition Pop-Tarts that hit the market and disappeared just as quickly.
In the break down, flavors are featured in one of eight categories to serve as the most entertaining guide to the entire makeup of Pop-Tarts today. If you don’t remember your favorite flavor, Serious Eats says its probably the same one you grew up loving.
Beginning with the classics, Serious Eats reports the Originals have withstood the test of time. A bare pastry crust for flavors like strawberry and blueberry means the fruit filling remains the climax of the eating experience. They even claim these pastries have a ‘natural’ taste, at least in comparison to the remainder of the Pop-Tart selection.
The frosted fruit are the cupcake looking flavors, with a shell of icing and sprinkles, and recommends to chose blueberry when in doubt. Serious Eats compares categories to categories (the crust of ‘The Nutty’ has less chocolate flavoring than the Chocolate Fudge), as well as explains the best way to eat each flavor (the original is best when toasted while others can be enjoyed frozen).
Chocolate and S’Mores were the sure winners, voted by the consensus of tasters. However, the extreme flavors that model culinary masterpieces such as Red Velvet and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough are advised to be avoided due to their overtly unnatural tastes.
Whether you consume Pop-Tarts religiously or haven’t thought about them since your elementary school lunches, the Serious Eats taste test will certainly conjure a sugar- induced nostalgia.