Nothing beats the simple pleasure of sitting by a fire reading ghost stories, singing campfire songs and making s’mores. The fresh air, open sky, and the threat of being stabbed by a hobo or eaten by a bear are just a few of the exhilarating aspects of spending a night in the wilderness.
If you’re like me, however, you’re far more likely to find yourself sitting by a microwave, looking at porn on your BlackBerry, singing Dolly Parton songs and snacking on these S’mores Pop-Tarts. I’m afraid of bugs, rain, and hobos, so I very much prefer to stay within the confines of the great indoors.
Upon opening the trademark silver Pop-Tart wrapper, I uncovered a modest square pastry who’s crust was plainly decorated with a simple single layer of chocolate icing. It definitely would’ve yielded a far more appetizing appearance had the Tart been more elegantly dressed, say with a strip of white marshmallow-flavored icing down the center or drizzled over the chocolate blanket, but the plain look goes only as deep as the crust. Inside you’ll find a sequence of fillings alternating between chocolate and gooey marshmallow.
For this review I ate one S’more Pop-Tart straight out of the package and microwaved the other and spread some butter over it, which is always the best way to eat a Pop-Tart. After taking the first bite from the regular, non-heated pastry, I found a very gooey texture and rich chocolaty flavor. In fact, the texture was too gooey and the flavor was far too rich and completely covered any semblance of marshmallow and Pop-Tart crust hardly qualifies as graham cracker.
The heated one, however, was far more delicious. The inside texture was now delicious and warm as well as perfectly gooey, and the flavors of the marshmallow and chocolate blended much better yielding a far more impressive product. The crust and icing are both crispy and mix fantastically with the gooey innards, and the butter adds an extra layer of creamy richness to the final product without it being too chocolaty.
Overall, S’mores Pop-Tarts are very average and aren’t memorable at all. If eaten straight out of the package, the product has a very powerful chocolate prominence that offsets any traces of marshmallow at all. Once toasted, however, these Pop-Tarts are much tastier, have a better texture, and are far more satisfying. Even so, there are far better breakfast pastries out there.
Score: 7.0/10 (Average)