Saturday, June 29, 2013

Pop-Tarts Gone Nutty! Chocolate Peanut Butter

I never really thought about it before, but Pop-Tarts are seriously behind the times. I mean, I’ve always complained that their slew of fruity flavors far outweighs the few chocolate/cake flavors they have. But until they actually came out with it, I didn’t even realize that Pop-Tarts don’t come in peanut butter!

Well, now they do--finally! Show me a dessert-ish with that many different flavors that comes in every combination but peanut butter...I can’t even think of one. That’s like Ben & Jerry’s making all their other ice cream flavors, but none that include peanut butter. Peanut butter is one of the best inventions on the planet. It’s just wrong to ignore it for so long.

Anyway, Pop-Tarts have Gone Nutty!, and it’s about time. The two new flavors are (unfrosted) Peanut Butter and (frosted) Chocolate Peanut Butter. As we flew by the display, I made in impulsive choice and grabbed a box of Chocolate Peanut Butter because we all know that the frosting is what makes the Pop-Tart. That, and the filling.

At home, scouting out their website, I started to think I made the wrong choice. See, the unfrosted just-plain-peanut-butter version has a peanut butter crust. But the chocolate ones have a chocolate crust, and if you remember from my previous Pop-Tart posts, I find the chocolate crusts to be especially dry, chalky, and overall not very attractive to eat. Plus, peanut butter crust just sounds really good.

Anyway, it turns out these are a bit different than the Hot Fudge Sundae Pop-Tarts with the yucky crust. They’re a much lighter shade of brown, for one thing, which is encouraging. And sure enough, the crust on these peanut butter wonders isn’t nearly as repulsive as the other chocolate crusts. In some places, as you work your way in closer to the frosting, it even carries some peanut butter taste as the filling infiltrates it.

Chocolate frosting? Standard Pop-Tart frosting fare, crunchy and sweet and why Pop-Tarts are worth eating. It looks fudgy in the pictures, doesn’t it? It’s got that kind of a taste, too, and it works really well with the peanut butter filling, because that combination is just too classic to fail.

Now, these are by no means a Reese’s. The peanut butter is a bit duller, more of a blunted flavor. The chocolate and cocoa-ish crust predominate, with the filling contributing a burnt (maybe roasted?) nutty flavor. I can tell it’s peanut butter, but its not PEANUT BUTTER like some of us pb-diehards will want. But these are not bad at all, in fact I’d easily buy them again. If there were no Cookie Dough ones on the shelf, of course. :)

Just for fun, the Pop-Tart Rankings so far:
  1. Chocolate Peanut Butter
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