Pop-Tarts – Gone Nutty! PB&J Strawberry

Pop-Tarts were one of those foods that I always wanted as a kid but rarely ever had. I can’t say that I blame my Mom for denying me such a sugary “breakfast” food item. Even as an adult I will rarely indulge in Pop-Tarts. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were a staple of my lunches growing up. I was (and still am) a very picky eater so my Mom knew that she could never go wrong with one of these bad boys. Even now I get the occasional hankering for some fluffy white bread slathered with creamy peanut butter and some jelly. Always strawberry jelly, don’t give me any of that grape blasphemy.

I have tried the other Gone Nutty! flavors and thought they were pretty decent, but with the inclusion of jelly to the mix, I was slightly apprehensive about the combination of the two. Actually I am having flashbacks of the peanut butter and jelly M&Ms that came out a couple of years ago that I thought were absolutely gross – at least when eaten together.

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Now I am from the camp of eating Pop-Tarts uncooked. I honestly do not see the appeal of a hot Pop-Tart, but to each their own. The idea of a hot peanut butter and jelly sandwich sounds even more disgusting if you ask me. So I sampled this in my usual fashion, straight out of the package.

I took one bite and originally all I could taste was peanut butter. One complaint I have about Pop-Tarts is how FREAKING DRY they are. I guess they might soften up if you toast them, but good grief the corners are like the Sahara in my mouth. I finally got to the strawberry part and I must say… not impressed. They weren’t bad by any means, but between the copious amounts of pastry, whatever the “frosting is on top” and the peanut butter, the strawberry jelly is pretty subdued.

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Texture: 3/5 – I like the crunchiness that the sprinkles on top give to the frosting. It reminds me of my favorite Poptart, the frosted strawberry ones. But man oh man are these dry. Consume with a beverage.

Smell: 4/5 – These smelled like elementary school lunch. Mostly peanut butter with an undertone of strawberry jelly.

Appearance: 3/4 – I think I would have opted for red frosting than brown – but when I think of the opposite color scheme of red frosting with brown sprinkles it doesn’t sound nearly as appetizing. I also found that the frosting wasn’t evenly applied to each tart.

Taste: 2.5/5 – These fall into the meh category for me. They weren’t awful but they weren’t a home run for me either. I think it was mostly because I was expecting a lot more flavor from the jelly portion than there was. I felt like the tart outside… crust… holding vessel…? and the peanut butter completely buried the strawberry taste for me. Had the frosting on the outside been a strong peanut butter flavor or even the pastry portion and just had strawberry filling, I would have probably liked this more. I would not buy these again.

Newtons – Triple Berry

Hello Hello! Sorry today’s review is a bit late – time got away from me while I was watching a marathon of Wipeout on TruTV. There is just something so hilarious about people falling down that sucks you in and steals away hours of your day. I have been at my Mom’s since Thursday and I have eaten more food than I have eaten in probably the last 6 months. SO GOOD. Something about someone else cooking for you makes it taste so much better, even when it is just simple things like toast, or mashed potatoes, or a glass of water.

Because of how much I have been eating, I really wanted to opt for something more “healthy”. I just needed a break from greasy and salty chips, sugary sweet cookies, etc. I picked up these Newtons Triple Berry at Walmart on Black Friday (because that’s what everyone was standing in line for – actually they were standing in front of it for a TV in the dairy department.)

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Did you know that Nabisco dropped the ‘Fig’ in Fig Newtons to attempt to move away from the stigma of sounding overly healthy? It’s true and apparently it sparked a slight outrage. I think I will always call Fig Newtons, Fig Newtons, despite a flavor change, like the Triple Berry ones, much like facial tissue is called Kleenex and adhesive bandages are called Band-Aids. I actually really like Fig Newtons, despite never tasting a fig in any other way.

When I opened the tray of cookies, it smelled exactly like a tray of regular Fig Newtons. I am convinced that the cookie outside dictates the smell more that the internal flavor. I was curious if there were actually 3 berries featured in this cookie or if they were just some sort of amalgam of ambiguous ‘berry’ flavors. The inside jam is a combination of strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and apple? Hey apple, you’re not a berry. These honestly don’t taste much different than standard Fig Newtons. The berry brings a slight tartness to the puree inside. The puree also tastes vaguely like a less sweet version of the inside of a strawberry Poptart. These actually really good, the only downside is that I found them a bit dry.

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Texture: 3.5/5 – The outside portion of this cookie is really dry. Like Death Valley dry. The only way to get through a couple of these would be if you had a beverage to go with. I also liked that they strained the fruit puree so that there are no seeds from the strawberries in it.

Smell: 3/5 – The berry flavor is the most prevalent smell in this cookie. I personally could not pinpoint what berries were used based solely on smell.

Appearance: 3/5 – Less is more with these – no frills, just cookie and jam innards.

Taste: 4/5 – These were pretty delicious. The most recognizable berry flavor was the strawberry. The raspberry made for a nice little tang and the after note was the blueberry. If you are a fan of Newtons, I would definitely give these a try if you are looking for a change from the norm. I would definitely buy these again.