Monday, June 21, 2010

Pop-Tarts pop into the classroom!

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Pop Tarts.

The kids were overjoyed when Frank brought in the snack last week. “Pop-Tarts!” they all yelled in unison. “We LOVE Pop-Tarts!”

It’s the little things that make five and six year olds happy; and things that have even the TINIEST hint of sugar are one of them.

“Do you know why they call them Pop-Tarts, Mrs. Smythe?” asked Susie. “Because when they’re done warming up, they POP out of the toaster!” And with a big grin she bit right into the Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tart that she held lovingly.

“I think Pop-Tarts are so healthy and a great snack because they have a healthy crust! That’s the healthy PART.” Michael shouted to me, shooting a mouthful of healthy crusty crumbs across the table as he spoke.

“Mrs. Smythe, do you think you could make a sandwich out of Pop-Tarts? I mean, you could put a Pop-Tart on one side, and then lettuce and turkey and cheese and ANOTHER Pop-Tart and eat it!” Jenny said enthusiastically!


The discussion about Pop-Tarts had me laughing all night, and it made me wonder about what we COULD do with Pop-Tarts and a little imagination.

Tightwad and The Golden Boy were on cloud nine when we received a shipment of Pop-Tarts in the mail to sample. In their hearts and minds, Pop-Tart is one of the MAJOR food groups.

“Mom, you know you can have them for breakfast, a snack, or lunch or a snack, or after DINNER for a snack. You KNOW they work anytime.” We decided to try to come up with something awesome for our annual Fourth of July party, and I was to experiment with them.(Pretty brilliant on THEIR part, I might add.)

After discussing the various possibilities with my two “boys” and the enthusiastic children at snack time, I was convinced I had to try my own experiment. There were many recipes for me to think about, but on the advice of Alec the boy wonder, I made “Alec’s Pop-Tart Sandwiches.”However, I used my own twist.



I started with two of the Vanilla Ice Cream Shoppe Pastries, put some softened vanilla ice cream between them, and put them in the freezer overnight. The next day for an after dinner treat I took them out, cut them in half, and served them as an ice cream sandwich.




I am now considered not only the best mom in the world, but the all time dessert maker. I’m still waiting for my tiara.



Blogher is offering a great opportunity for you from Pop-Tarts! If you have a great idea, a recipe or simply a favorite flavor, let us know. This chance to win a $100 gift card is too good to pass up!



41 comments:

  1. I looked at the recipes on the pop tarts site, and I really love the celebration flags with the strawberries & blueberries. Very cute for the 4th of July!

    My personal favorite pop tart flavor is wild berry.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  2. I like the chocolate fudge poptarts. I'm seriously craving some now!!
    micahandkelsey1(at)cox(dot)net

    ReplyDelete
  3. My favorite flavor is brown sugar cinnamon. I think it would make a great pie crust. Fill the crust with ice cream and top with more crumbled pop tarts. Yum!

    ReplyDelete
  4. My favorite flavor is frosted cherry, and brown sugar cinnamon is a close second.

    bonggamom@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love all things pop tarts. My mom used to make instant vanilla pudding and then crumble up a poptart on top. It is seriously one of my favorite deserts.

    Aly at InfertilityOverachievers dot com

    ReplyDelete
  6. I think strawberry is still my favorite flavor. Warm and toasted, of course. I'm really excited to try the new vanilla milkshake flavor, too!

    ReplyDelete
  7. My favorite is brown sugar. Yum!

    kristisdeals1 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  8. I still love the frosted strawberry ones!

    breezysmom at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  9. I would use it to make a pie crust , crush it up and add butter, bake and there is your multi colored pie crust!

    ReplyDelete
  10. We love pop tarts in our house also. I currently have the strawberry milkshake ones in the freezer now as that's the best way to eat them. My other fave to freeze and eat are the hot fudge sundae ones.

    ReplyDelete
  11. We LOVE to freeze Pop-Tarts- anything frozen is great.

    s'mores are our fav snack

    ReplyDelete
  12. I love the mini ice cream sandwiches! Perfect summertime treat! Ice Cream and a pool - perfect combination!

    mjharvey26 at yahoo dot com

    name: joy

    ReplyDelete
  13. it would be cool if they had a banana split pop tart

    teechbiz at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  14. I'm thinking I could modify my banana shortcake recipe with Pop Tarts now...

    Banana-shortcake

    Package of mini shortcakes
    1 package of banana pudding
    sliced bananas
    sliced strawberries
    strawberry ice cream topping
    whipped cream

    Mix up the banana pudding according to package directions. Spoon into shortcake cups and top with slices of bananas and strawberries. Before serving, top with strawberry ice cream topping and whipped cream.

    How about crumbling some Pop Tarts on top...yum!

    shel704 at aol dot com

    ReplyDelete
  15. My favorite so far is the S'mores! I love the graham cracker crust on them :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. i love the brown sugar cinnamon poptarts, my three year old loves strawberry. I can't wait to see the icecream ones in the store. the cinnamon sugar with some good old cookie dough ice cream reminds me of a snickerdoodle.

    ReplyDelete
  17. frosted cherry or blueberry are my favorite flavors.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Here's the directions for our favorite summer salad.
    Place a layer of thin slices of seedless water melon on each salad plate.
    Add a layer of fresh arugula.
    Bread some slices of goat cheese, fry until golden brown, and while still warm, top the salad.
    Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and serve immediately.

    ReplyDelete
  19. those look delicious! Tons of ice cream in that sandwich!!!

    My fave flavor is the smores flavor!

    pricousins at aol dot com

    ReplyDelete
  20. My favorite is brown sugar.

    honeybeez80@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  21. my favorites are cherry and strawberry

    ReplyDelete
  22. Frosted Cherry... is my favorite

    ReplyDelete
  23. The kids and I love hot, toasted almost browned frosted strawberry Pop Tarts cut up into tiny pieces and sprinkled over vanilla ice cream as our weekend dessert.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I love Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Pop Tarts, but I haven't had one in a long time. Another down side to the empty nest. :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. Pen and ink is wits plough. .................................................................                           

    ReplyDelete
  26. I love strawberry poptarts - warm right from the toaster! :)

    dreamzz12{at]aol[dot}com

    ReplyDelete
  27. My daughter loves the Smores, but now that I know about the Vanilla Milkshake....well, that flavor has endless possibilities...yumster!

    ReplyDelete
  28. So Sorry, forgot to add my email addy
    ababe28-at-hotmail-dot com

    ReplyDelete
  29. My two favorite flavors are S'mores and the Brown Sugar and Cinnamon

    ReplyDelete
  30. Chocolate fudge is my all time favorite!

    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  31. i love the brown sugar flavor- yum!

    ReplyDelete
  32. I like strawberry frosted poptarts best.
    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  33. I love the brown sugar flavor. Great to bring as a treat when you go camping.

    ReplyDelete
  34. I love the Frosted Cherry poptarts! Yummmmm.....

    ReplyDelete
  35. I love the frosted grape, but they are hard to find. My second fav is the brown sugar frosted ones...mmmm
    Angie
    one 4 earth at aol dot com

    ReplyDelete
  36. I like the chocolate fudge ones a lot...they are like a breakfast brownie! LOL
    Scott
    nynekats at aol dot com

    ReplyDelete
  37. My summer favorite is frozen grapes. Freeze them on a cookie sheet and put into a freezer bag. Easy to grab a couple of 'cool' grapes at any time. Thanks for the contest.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Here's a great shortcake recipe to use for strawberry shortcake
    http://vickieb52.blogspot.com/2009/04/shortcakes.html

    ReplyDelete
  39. My favorite flavor is cherry. The smores flavor is yummy too, I enjoy them as a dessert after dinner, rather than a breakfast treat.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete