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Review: Gingerbread Pop-Tarts

This is a little late, I know. Christmas was two weeks ago. However, I’m going to keep telling myself that it’s okay to eat these “limited edition” Printed Fun Gingerbread Pop-Tarts because it’s still the winter season. I ran across these Pop-Tarts in a local dollar store and I just couldn’t pass them by; the little gingerbread guy on the box was just begging to be eaten.

Although the box might claim that these Pop-Tarts are limited edition, they’re not quite as limited as one would assume. Kellogg’s has been manufacturing these gingerbread Pop-Tarts for the past few years, every winter season, so that leads me to believe they’ll be around for many years to come. This also raises my standards for how I expect these toaster pastries to taste. If Kellogg’s feels the need to bring gingerbread Pop-Tarts back every year, then they must be good. Right?

Before I begin my Pop-Tart analysis, I want to take a moment to relent the fact that I’ve missed out upon the rest of this winter season’s limited edition Pop-Tarts. The official Pop-Tarts website tells me that they produced Marshmallow Hot Chocolate and Sugar Cookie. Both of those flavors sound perfectly suited for the Pop-Tart form, and I have experienced neither.

I must say, the box is pretty inviting. Very colorful, and quickly grabbed my attention. I don’t even like gingerbread that much, and I still bought these. On the back, we find a couple of recipes for those daring few who wish to get creative with their toaster pastries: a Pop-Tarts Gingerbread House and Winter Dipped Pop-Tarts. My one complaint with the gingerbread house recipe is that it calls for eight of the gingerbread Pop-Tarts. The box only contains twelve, and I don’t really feel like using the majority of my precious Pop-Tarts on building a house. The Winter Dipped Pop-Tarts seem more to my liking. They’re basically just Pop-Tart pieces dipped into melted white chocolate and covered in sprinkles. Sounds good to me.

I expected to find the Pop-Tarts wrapped in the usual silver wrapper, but this time, Kellogg’s went all out. The wrapper is decorated like a Christmas present. It even has a to-from gift tag in case you want to go the cheap route and give your kids Pop-Tarts as a Christmas gift.

The little drawing stamped on the Pop-Tart doesn’t look quite as good as on the box, but they never do, so I can’t complain. Still, the box does claim there’s over fifty different drawings that can be found on the Pop-Tarts. That’s pretty neat. I wonder if anyone has confirmed this.

While baking in the toaster, the Pop-Tarts smelled like gingerbread cookies. And the taste? They’re actually pretty good, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t even like gingerbread. This may be because the gingerbread taste isn’t overwhelming. In fact, I found that the pastry reminded me a bit of a cinnamon roll. The frosting on the inside wasn’t exactly what I would label as vanilla, but it was still light with a slight sweetness. I would even say it was more like a glaze. Like a cinnamon roll glaze.

I’m the type of person who has no problem eating a Pop-Tart without cookin’ it in the toaster, but this is one Pop-Tart I prefer heated. I tried to eat it without heating it, but it very much lacked something: the tastes weren’t as strong as I felt they should be. Just as gingerbread cookies are best eaten hot out of the oven, the gingerbread Pop-Tart needs a similar treatment.

There you have it. The gingerbread Pop-Tart was actually pretty good. Due to my preference for sugar cookies and hot chocolate over gingerbread, I’d have to say that I would still pick up a box of the other winter Pop-Tart flavors over this one. Nevertheless, the gingerbread Pop-Tart is one pastry I would encourage you to try. Just don’t expect the gingerbread flavor to show up in full force; the flavors are subtle and pleasant. I’ll see you next winter, gingerbread Pop-Tarts.