The release of Halloween Pop Tarts is a historic first. Never before has the world seen orange frosting and spooky sprinkles on a Pop Tart. I instantly bought the box of Choc-o-Lanterns. The box has a sweet design that feels nostalgic. I love the Disney-esque eyes in the trees, that milk-chocolate pumpkin, and the neat recipe on the back:
I’m not sure how I feel about the flavor Choc-o-Lantern, given that I already know it’s going to taste like a dry brick of icky mockolate. I think green ooze on the inside of the Pop tart would have been cool, but I supposed green ooze is so 1990s and makes me seem old just for suggesting it. Still, these have awesome orange frosting and ghost/bat-shaped sprinkles, so I’m not going to take away many points.
I think they look better than they taste, but Pop Tarts never taste as good as I want them to. The Choc-o-Lantern flavor is fudgey and syrupy, and I don’t feel particularly good about myself after consuming an entire Pop Tart. Well, I got 10% of my daily dose recommendation of riboflavin. I guess that’s good. Only 90% more to go!
I was always more a Toaster Strudel kid, myself. Those had flaky layers and DIY frosting. Of course, they kind of sucked, too, being greasy pastries that only half-thawed in the toaster, and the frosting came in a frustratingly small squeeze packet that was never enough.
At the end of the day, I was thrilled to see another contribution to spooky breakfasts, next to Monster Cereals and Halloween Crunches. It feels good to know I could eat Halloween breakfasts all month long. And I have obliviously, naively gone about my life, enjoying that feeling all week, until I came across a piece of news that shattered my peaceful existence. Yes, Halloween breakfast is that serious. It’s the most important meal of the day.
Yes, I thought it had it all. The sun was shining, the coffee was hot, and Choc-o-Lanterns were in my kingdom. And then I discovered Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts exist.
And I cannot find them. I’ve frantically checked the Pop Tart section in every store. Do you see it says Limited Edition? LIMITED EDITION. That means it’s going to stop, like tomorrow.
Let me just give you a sampling of the reviews I found online:
These are the BEST!!! They taste just like pumpkin pie!
The pumpkin pie PopTarts are the best I have ever had! Seriously,Ive been eating PopTarts for decades. These really taste just like a pie. They have tremendous flavor right out of the package untoasted. They are the best ever.
Ok, pumpkin pie pop tarts are the BEST FLAVOR EVER!!!!!!!!!
the pumpkin pie flavor pop-tarts are right on!i love them they are me absolute favorite ever! please keep bringing them back! i dont know how you make them taste exactly like pumpkin pie right down to the crust, but keep up the amazing work!
Are you on the edge of your seat yet? Are you halfway out the door to go search in your local stores before you finish this sentence? I am. My heart is racing. Clearly, this is like the Holy Grail of Pop Tarts—a Pop Tart that tastes like what it’s supposed to represent. I’ve been burned by Vanilla Milkshake and Apple Pie flavors my whole life. This one is IT, folks. The God Pop Tart. I NEED these.
And look. I NEED a little pilgrim hat for my toaster, too. Do those exist? Ugh. WHY IS LIFE SO HARD.
But wait. Now that I’ve stopped hyperventilating and sweating through my underwear over it, I take a closer look at the boxes. The pumpkin pie flavor is actually going for a fall-themed/Thanksgiving tie-in. Since it’s only October 10th, I’ll give the flavor more time to arrive in the stores. I’ll hold off from desperately ordering four boxes off Amazon. For now.
Maybe I should consider myself lucky that I was able to find any Halloween Pop Tarts at all. Maybe I’m acting like a spoiled brat when I say that Choc-O-Lantern should have had green ooze. Gee, maybe I should go eat some half-thawed, non-Halloween-themed Toaster Strudels.
Hey, maybe I will. And I’ll pathetically draw ghosts on them with the squeeze packets.
In the meantime, I’ll get busy sewing a pilgrim hat for my toaster.