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Kellogg’s Hot Fudge Sundae Pop Tarts – Food Review

Although I don’t buy Pop Tarts for my daughter often, occasionally I relent and pick up a box or two. I recently noticed their line of Ice Cream Shoppe flavors and decided to purchase the Hot Fudge Sundae variety for her. She is a big fan of these toaster pastries and is an ice cream lover as well, so I was fairly confident that she would enjoy this product.

The pictures on the front of the box are certainly very inviting. In addition to a very sweet and tasty looking pastry, there is a mouth watering hot fudge sundae with all the fixings right in the center. These illustrations surely entice children to ask their parents to add this item to the shopping cart. I am an adult and I was inspired to purchase this product simply by the visual appeal.

The marketing department behind this packaging design definitely scored a winner with this one. I paid only $1.79 for an eight count box.

Preparation of this toaster pastry is extremely simple. After removing from the pouch, it gets placed in a toaster on the lowest heating setting for only one cycle. It should be allowed to cool for a minute or two before removal. When heating in a microwave, a mere three second cooking time is needed to thoroughly warm this breakfast treat.

Special care should be taken in either method to not overheat this product. The filling and the frosting can become extremely hot and may possibly cause burns.

One pastry contains only one hundred and ninety calories. There is five grams of Total Fat, with two grams from Saturated Fat. There is no Trans Fat or Cholesterol in this product. One hundred and ninety milligrams of Sodium, thirty three grams of Total Carbohydrates and two grams of Dietary Fiber are contained in this serving size.

Unfortunately, there is also twelve grams of Sugar per pastry. On the plus side of the nutritional chart, ten percent of Vitamin A, ten percent of Calcium, ten percent of Iron, and ten percent of Vitamin B6 is gained from enjoying this sweet treat.

Just as I expected, my daughter loved Kellogg’s Hot Fudge Sundae Pop Tarts. I took a bite and agreed that they were very tasty. The vanilla filling beneath the chocolate covering was a great combination. The white frosting mixed with rainbow sprinkles made for a delicious outer crust. I loved how warm and gooey all the frosting became from the toaster oven.

This treat was definitely a nice way to start a cold and snowy winter morning. I would not serve this to my daughter for breakfast every morning but would definitely reserve it for an occasional treat. I give this product four out of five food stars.

Review: Tornados Snack Food

I was driving to work this morning and once again realized I was starting to run low on gas. I decided to put $5 in the tank (enough to last me a couple days) and, while at the gas station, decided to see what they were offering for breakfast options.

As I walked inside, I noticed they had something somewhat different for sale; sausage, egg and cheese Tornados. Seeing they were only $1 each, I decided to give them a try.

I have tried a variety of different foods from this particular gas station before, including some well-known brands. And, for the most part, I have been very happy with my previous purchases. However, when it came to this product, I was extremely disappointed.

One of the first things I noticed about the Tornados was the size. They had a bit less quantity than the foods I normally would buy for about that price. However, I have been fooled before and decided to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Unfortunately, unlike so many other foods, they were not deceptively filling. Instead, they were the exact opposite. There was not much inside them in terms of fillings. I saw some sausage but did not see any cheese or egg; at least not in a significant quantity. As a result, the tornado proved to be pretty unsatisfying. I probably would have needed to eat a second one just to feel like I had a decent sized breakfast.

When I bought this product, the packaging promised a “whirlwind of flavor” and, it wasn’t lying. However, when it talks about flavor, what it really means is the tornados are very spicy. As I have said in the past, I don’t mind spicy foods and even go out of my way to have them on occasions.

However, I am not a huge fan of spicy foods first thing in the morning; especially when I’m not warned in advance. And, this wasn’t even because of the sausage inside the Tornado; I tasted the spiciness before I got to that.

Overall, I am glad I gave this product a try; mostly because I have seen boxes of these at one of our stores and was considering buying them in bulk. Now that I have tried it, however, I can honestly say this will be an item I won’t be purchasing again; at least not as a breakfast food.