Pop Tart Recipe Challenge

March 30th, 2010

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Kellogg’s® Pop-Tarts® Toaster Pastries.

poptart and strawberry and creamcheese pettifores

How do you like your Pop-Tarts? Are you a traditionalist? Do you toast them and eat them at the table with a glass of orange juice and the morning newspaper? Or do you like them raw, right out of their silver wrapper while you pedal off to school in the early morning light? Maybe you’re like me and you eat one toasted and one raw. On special days I like to butter the toasted one and sometimes if the flavor is right, I even dip it in my coffee.

What? Have you tried it? It’s good!

So when Kellogg’s asked me if I could work Strawberry Milkshake Pop-Tarts into my morning routine and blog about it, I had to smile and accept the challenge. Me and Pop-Tarts? We go way back. I’m sure I can figure something out.

Pop-Tart finger sandwiches

First we tried making them into little sandwiches or finger Pop-Tartlets if you will. Some we spread with peanut butter, others we spread with cream cheese and sliced strawberries. They were all pretty tasty, I have to admit.

But the real winner was what I like to call the Pop-Tart Parfait.

poptart parfait

I think this really worked because I let the kids make it themselves. It was like a dessert bar for breakfast with full participation.

making crumbs

First, I let them smash the Pop-Tarts into crumbs. That was fun.

parfait makings

Then I set out bowls with various ingredients to spoon into parfait dishes. Since this was breakfast, I tried not to go too crazy with the syrups or sprinkles. There was vanilla pudding (yogurt would be good too), strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream and of course the Strawberry Milkshake Pop-Tart crumbs. Then I let the kids go wild.

building a poptart parfait ready to dig in

They loved it and each created their own unique towering parfait.

desert for lunch

It might not be the most creative recipe ever invented using Pop-Tarts in this challenge but it was definitely a morning that will not be forgotten. I think whenever kids can be part of the food-making process it’s always a win. Check out what the other bloggers are making on BlogHer.com’s special offers page. Who knows, maybe one of them will strike your fancy and be something you might even want to try for your morning routine.

As you know from my last Pop-Tart post, one reader will be chosen to win a $100 Visa gift card from BlogHer. You get two chances to enter, once on this post and once on the last post.

To enter, leave me a comment below and tell me how you like your Pop-Tarts. Or you may leave a link to your post on your own blog in the comments below. The contest will will end April 16th (2010). Make sure that the e-mail address you leave is correct.


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136 Responses to “Pop Tart Recipe Challenge”

  1. Mami2jcn Says:

    I like my pop tarts right out of the package, un-toasted.

  2. Charity Says:

    They have to be toasted!

  3. Susan Says:

    Toasted & hot!

  4. sioux Says:

    straight from the foil, baby!

  5. Stephanie M Says:

    Mmmm…brown sugar pop-tarts, nice and hot fresh out of the toaster. Delicous!

  6. parsingtime Says:

    brown sugar, toasted!!

  7. Erin Says:

    I like them out of the wrapper, in bed with a big glass of milk. Cinnamon and Sugar, please.

  8. Kate Says:

    They are the best when microwaved for 12 seconds! Then I eat with coffee with way too much vanilla creamer. So good!

  9. Ruth Says:

    Perhaps I’m too picky, but it all depends! Brown Sugar Pop Tarts just neeeed to be toasted, but I prefer my fruity flavors plain out of the package. Now I’m hungry!

  10. Linda V Says:

    Mine toasted, the girls eat them right out of the package.

  11. Karen Says:

    Right out of the toaster oven..yum!

  12. Kerri Says:

    I love Strawberry Frosted Pop-Tarts right out of the toaster.

  13. the chatty housewife Says:

    If they sold gluten-free pop tarts, I would go to the store, buy some, and make this. MMMM.

  14. jennifer Says:

    I like mine toasted with cold milk.

  15. Christine Says:

    I don’t believe I’ve ever eaten a pop-tart. They do exist in Ireland, but I’m a traditionalist where breakfast is concerned and they arrived on the scene too late to disrupt my religious Rice Krispies and Toast routine. But I like Visa gift cards…

  16. Clover Says:

    Toasted! But I had a strange phase in college when I would trek to the only vending machine on campus that stocked brown sugar Pop-Tarts, and eat them right out of the package for my lunch!

  17. Calee Says:

    I think I’m going to try microwaving but I usually just eat them right out of the package.

  18. Jeannette Says:

    Brown sugar ones right out of the package. But they have to be on sale for me to buy them.

  19. Jaynette Says:

    Right out of the package. Although one kids has to toast them. We like Strawberry frosted the best….breakfast, lunch or snack.

  20. Momsy Says:

    Toasted with a little bit of butter. Yum!

  21. Leslie Says:

    My personal favorite is Frosted Blueberry, toasted (with coffee), but my daughter will only eat them toasted under duress as she prefers them fresh from the wrapper. She’ll also only eat one at a time and saves the second Pop Tart for an afterschool snack.

  22. Kathryn Says:

    Ok, now I want Pop Tarts. :) I prefer mine untoasted – “raw,” if you will.

  23. Amanda Says:

    Um, I don’t eat Pop Tarts anymore. When I did it was straight out of the package. Brown Sugar & Cinnamon goodness…

  24. Ashley Says:

    Those look fantastic! I’d love to chow on both but unfortunately I’m super allergic to Poptarts. So all I can do is watch others enjoy and drool slightly, or a lot. But I might just have to make the poptart sandwhiches for my girls.

  25. karen Says:

    toasted! although now I’m thinking they’d make a good cookie base for ice cream sandwiches…

  26. sarah oswald Says:


  27. Kuky Says:

    Those parfaits look yummy. I wonder if I showed this to Isabelle she would be willing to try it?

    And I’ve only had pop tarts toasted. Never tried them any other way.

  28. Jenni Says:

    I like them toasted so the edges get just a bit crisp, but the center still stays soft…it’s an art! I like them straight like that, but my husband likes to add a bit of butter to his.

  29. Erin from Long Island Says:

    I gotta have mine toasted, with either apple sauce or yogurt and a cup of iced coffee

  30. Madge Says:

    I never eat Pop Tarts for breakfast. I don’t like sweets in the morning.

    I always save them for dessert usually straight out of the wrapper, but some flavors are really good frozen.

  31. Chiugate Says:

    I don’t think I can participate all the way from Finland, but I’ve never had Pop Tarts, and I do wonder what they taste like :p

  32. Stephanie Says:

    Mmmm, toasted OR raw – both are great!! As long as all the ‘crusts’ are broken off first. :) Yum!

  33. Kate Says:

    I rarely have Pop Tarts, but when I do, they are frozen!

  34. Debbie Says:

    Plain, unadulterated strawberry frosted. No question.

  35. Anne G Says:

    I like my poptarts toasted.

  36. Anne G Says:

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  37. Milissa Says:

    I haven’t eaten Pop-Tarts in a while, but when I did, they had to be toasted!

  38. Sam Says:

    Definitely toasted, but not too much…and I love the brown sugar cinnamon kind, mostly because it’s sweet but you don’t feel like you chose the sugariest option!

  39. Jennifer Says:

    I LOVE the new grape pop tarts…right out of the package. In my pre-baby days I would take the time to toast them…but now I’ve grown to love them “raw” :)

  40. Abby Says:

    Toasted. I have to have them toasted. AND they have to be frosted!

  41. Sara B. Says:

    I like mine straight out of the package. Also straight out of the toaster. Snuck, so I’m not spotted by my kids, who definitely think pop tarts are only for kids!

  42. Jeanette Huston Says:

    I like my pop tarts hot. I love chocolate or cherry flavor.


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  45. Lorey Says:

    Strawberry frosted- straight from the foil-usually just one, but some days are just 2 poptart days, you know??

  46. MargieK Says:

    I haven’t had a pop tart in a long time; but I must admit I’ve bought my share of them when my kids were younger and (they) could afford the extra calories.

    I like(d) the fruity ones, toasted!

  47. Corey Says:

    I like my poptart anyway I can get them. Warm on a cold day or just right out the foil…yum!

  48. Kaleigh Says:

    I like the brown sugar cinnamon ones toasted, and the strawberry ones straight from the wrapper. But brown sugar cinnamon from the wrapper and strawberry toasted is fine too :]

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  49. Amy C Says:

    I like the chocolate Pop-Tarts toasted, for dessert. Grape???? Those sound delectable! I be they’d be good with peanut butter.

  50. kl jasus Says:

    i like my pop tarts cold, untoasted. especially the s’mores flavor. YUM!!

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  52. Jill Hayes Says:

    They have to be toasted well so they’re a little crunchy

  53. Amy Says:

    Oh, toasted all the way.

  54. California Colleen Says:

    Now that I’m pregnant I crave the brown sugar pop tarts, lightly toasted, with milk!

  55. Cristine Says:

    brown sugar pop tarts…toasted ~ yum!

  56. SuzRocks Says:

    I only like the fruity kind of pop tarts- must have frosting on top. I don’t like the ‘I’m-trying-to-pose-as-a-healthy-breakfast-food-frosting-free-crap”.

    Toasted just slightly- can’t stand a burnt pop tart. AND with cold milk.

    Wow- I never knew I was so specific about how I ate my poptarts!

  57. Jenn Cseh Says:


  58. Barbara Shallue Says:

    Warm, right out of the toaster.

  59. Christin Warren Says:

    I like mine slightly toasted and always with frosting. Those pop-tartlets with strawberries look amazing too!

  60. Tiffany Pettey Says:

    im so simple with strawberry

  61. Tiffany Pettey Says:


  62. Liz B Says:

    I prefer mine toasted but you can’t beat a cold pop-tart on the go.

  63. Amy Says:

    I haven’t eaten a pop-tart in years. But when I was a kid I always preferred frosted ones, ideally toasted. Yum.

  64. Steph Says:

    cold and in the car :)

  65. Steph Says:


  66. pixie13 Says:

    Chocolate frosted PopTart toasted with a glass of ice cold milk. How else is there?

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  69. Betty N Says:

    I like them warm but not toasted but some of the grandkids like them right out of the box

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  72. Jennifer Says:

    My fave is brown sugar cinnamon, unfrosted, and untoasted–great to eat on the run! This was my traditional college breakfast running from the dorms to the first class of the day.

  73. Kim Says:

    My favorite is strawberry, toasted with strawberry jam slathered on top! YUM!

  74. KAte Says:

    Strawberry Poptarts—cold straight out of the box!

  75. Brenda Says:

    It depends on the flavor, brown-sugar & Cinnamon – always toasted, strawberry – straight from the backage, blueberry either way :)

  76. Danna Snider Says:

    My favorite Poptart is the Brown Sugar and Cinnamon. I eat them as a late night snack either out of the package or toasted, whichever I’m in the mood for.

  77. Grenda Says:

    I like them piping hot. Then I proceed to eat the edges off first, then the divine middle. : )

  78. shel Says:

    I used to eat them right out of the package but my husband converted me to toasted and spread with butter on them…yum!

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  80. Miranda Johnson Says:

    I like mine plain. Never thought to do anything with them. lol. Do like them warmed up just a bit in the microwave. Hot fudge sundae is my favorite.

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  81. Rebecca Graham Says:

    I like them warm from the toaster.

  82. s Says:

    I like the Brown sugar ones warm from the toaster. My youngest, who is the one who favors pop tarts the most, likes his cold, not hot!

  83. kj Says:

    When I could eat them, (prior to my Celiac Disese in 2008 ), I loved them toasted through half-way warm. I’d eat the outside edges first then munch on the frosted part in tiny bites to make it last. :)

  84. Vickie Bartlett Says:

    just plain toasted

  85. Vickie Bartlett Says:

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  86. Cassie Says:

    I like em plain right outta the wrapper!

  87. Jenn too Says:

    Raspberry would be great with fresh Raspberries and chocolate pudding….YUM!

  88. Mary Says:

    Gotta be toasty!

  89. Tracy Says:

    Love the chocolate chip ones, toasted & hot.

  90. Nancy Says:

    Since pop-tarts are usually for something quick when we are in a hurry, they are eaten right out of the package.

  91. Nancy Says:

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  92. Sam Says:

    I love them right out the package as a quick snack when I’m in class or at work.

  93. Stacy Says:

    We like to toast them. Since we’ve got a 2 year old, we usually buy the unfrosted variety – but I LOVE the frosted ones best!

  94. Caminante Says:

    Sadly, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a pop tart. Having a sweet tooth, I think I am better off not trying.

  95. Joanne Schultz Says:

    I like my poptarts toasted, but if there’s no time, i’ll eat them as is out of the wrapper!

  96. Annette D Says:

    I like my right out of the box!

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  98. Lori Says:

    Brown sugar untoasted, fruit toasted. And milk for dipping is a must.

  99. Cori Westphal Says:

    I prefer my pop tarts right out of the package, room temp. My hubby toasts them. Yuck!

  100. Cori Westphal Says:

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  101. Kaitlin Says:

    I like my Pop Tarts warmed up!

  102. melinda Says:

    My fav fast breakfast are toaster strudels…but eggs and fruit are healthier

  103. Joy Says:

    Fresh Fruit


  104. Gretchen Says:

    Toasted, it’s the only way!

  105. Sean Says:

    I usually have cereal
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  106. BG Says:

    pop-tarts of course

  107. Linda Says:

    a bowl of Cherrios

  108. Maggie Smith Says:

    I like mine cold eaten with pretzels!! Weird, I know!

  109. kristen Says:

    I like the brown sugar cinnamon ones — Definitely toasted.

  110. Malena Says:

    Unfrosted and straight out of the wrapper!

  111. Megan Says:

    I LOVE pop tarts frosted with sprinkles!!! I zap mine in the microwave for a sec!

  112. Lisa Says:

    I like my Pop Tarts heated in the toaster.

  113. flyingbird Says:

    Man, it’s been a looong time. The brown sugar ones were always my favorite, piping hot from the toaster…with a cup of black coffee…

  114. Meg Says:

    Brown sugar, frosted, straight out of the wrapper. Tall glass of milk. Mmmmmm!

  115. angie Says:

    I like my pop tarts microwaved a little. Just enough to warm/soften them. Every time I toast them they burn! LOL

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  117. scott Says:

    I’ll take my PopTarts any way I can get them! Hot, toasted, cold, straight from the pack, etc. I am not picky! hahaha

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  119. Dddiva Says:

    I like them lightly toasted.

  120. amandapm Says:

    I can go either way but a little toasting (to get the corners crispy) does not hurt!

  121. sandra Says:

    warm from the toaster

  122. Mindy Says:

    Toasted… but not too hot :)

  123. Kayce Crews Says:

    I like my Pop Tarts cold. They taste really good with just a hint of Thousand Island dressing. No, I’m not kidding.

  124. Marilyn Says:

    served with sliced strawberries and juice

  125. Nikkole Says:

    Warmed and/or toasted. If I have to eat them cold, I don’t mind… my son won’t eat them heated up. In fact, I don’t think he’s ever had them warmed up. He likes them right out of the package.

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  127. Karen R. Says:

    I like the brown sugar ones hot and toasted.

  128. Karen R. Says:

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  129. Geoff K Says:

    I usually prefer my tarts right out of the foil, and my favorites would have to be the frosted cherry and brown sugar cinnamon. Thanks!

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  132. Wehaf Says:

    I love mine microwaved just a little bit, so they are slightly warm. I don’t like them toasted, though! I like the brown sugar cinnamon ones best.

  133. Jennifer Says:

    Toasted. S’mores flavor is the best!

  134. Sarah L Says:

    This is probably heresy for this contest, but I like my Pop-Tarts left at the grocery store. Thanks for the contest.

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