What do Pop Tarts have to do with running? They’re just about my favorite processed food in the world, and I often treat myself to a two-pack of frosted blueberry Pop Tarts when I run a marathon (and maybe sometimes when I don’t…).
I also love all things chocolate and peanut butter, so you can imagine my excitement when I learned Pop Tarts released a new flavor – “Gone Nutty!” frosted Chocolate Peanut Butter “Made with Real Peanut Butter” flavored Pop Tarts. I finally found them in stores, so I quickly snuck the box into my shopping basket and pretended I was an irresponsible mother instead of a single woman with a Pop Tart addiction.
I always eat my Pop Tarts cold, straight from the package. I find toasting them makes them unpleasantly crunchy. I also strongly dislike the s’mores flavor of Pop Tarts, finding the fake graham-cracker-flavored crust abhorrent and the marshmallow filling plain gross. In general I stick to the frosted blueberry and frosted strawberry flavors, so it was with both excitement and as much trepidation as a Pop Tart can create that I cracked into the Gone Nutty! box.
Upon opening the box, I was momentarily wonderstruck by the fancy gold packaging instead of the standard silver. But upon opening the gold foil package, I was disappointed at the splotchy smear of chocolate frosting – from fancy to messy in an instant. The Tarts smelled strongly of that lovely artificial chocolate smell, but the peanut butter filling looked legit, although incredibly thin.
I’ve now finished almost an entire Tart, and the most I can say about the flavor is that it can best be described as “mild.” It doesn’t taste strongly of chocolate, or of peanut butter, or of anything, really, other than “sweet.” It’s not bad, but it’s not soul-affirming good (as I still find those frosted blueberry ones). It’s definitely not inedible like the s’mores flavor, and I keep eating it because it’s sweet and it’s 2:30 PM, but I will certainly not be tempted to immediately finish the box, nor will I buy another.
If you love chocolate and peanut butter, go out and buy some real chocolate and actual peanut butter, or a Reece’s cup, or Trader Joe’s dark chocolate and peanut butter cups (amazing, especially frozen), but skip the Gone Nutty! Pop Tarts. If you don’t really like chocolate or peanut butter, but love mild, soft, sweet but flavorless pastries, Pop Tarts has a great new option for you.
One Tart has 200 calories, 5 grams fat, 19 grams sugar, and 2 grams protein. It’s also half of what you’ll probably eat, so just go ahead and double all those amounts.