I hate Pop-Tarts.
They smell medicinal and sort of taste like cardboard. I have no fond childhood memories involving them and they were never my after-school snack.
That said, the Pop-Tarts and Dunkin’ Donuts snack collaboration intrigued me.
I thought, “Dunkin’ Donuts doughnuts are very average so when combined with the mediocrity of a Pop-Tart, magic is sure to happen.” Sadly, this partnership is not a Pop-Tart-flavored doughnut or a doughnut-flavored Pop-Tart.
It’s coffee beverage-flavored Pop-Tarts. Specifically, a Frosted Chocolate Mocha Pop-Tart and Frosted Vanilla Latte Pop-Tart.
The press release says the Chocolate Mocha Pop-Tarts are “filled with chocolatey-espresso goodness and topped with whipped cream-inspired frosting” and the Frosted Vanilla Latte Pop-Tarts offer “a rich, sweet vanilla flavor and coffee-frosting swirl.”
Because I despise Pop-Tarts and only mildly hated the Mocha Pop-Tarts (an achievement, I promise you), I forced the HuffPost newsroom to eat these and tell me their thoughts.
Here’s how they felt about the Frosted Chocolate Mocha Pop-Tart:
“I could barely taste the espresso aspect of the mocha, but I would probably eat this Pop-Tart hot again because it tastes like a brownie.” - Katy Brooks, Senior Arts & Culture Editor
“Everything is really good until you stop eating it. It’s got a coffee aftertaste that I feel has ruined my breath for the rest of time.” - Abigail Williams, Director of College Outreach
“I would think it was just a plain, ole boring chocolate Pop-Tart if you didn’t tell me there was mocha involved.” - Elyse Wanshel, Trends Editor
“The chocolate pastry part of this didn’t really work for me. It was fine, but I’d go for the classic strawberry Pop-Tart over this one.” - Hilary Hanson, Trends Editor
“A bit malty for my taste.” - JamesMichael Nichols, Deputy Editor of Queer Voices
“The chocolate just had an overwhelming taste (not in a good way).” - Taryn Finley, Associate Editor of Black Voices
“A bit too strong for my liking ― the taste stays in back of throat.” - Nina Golgowski, Trends Editor
“Pop-Tarts are trash.” - Julia Bush, Social Media Editor
Here’s how they felt about the Frosted Vanilla Latte Pop-Tarts:
“I for sure could get behind this. It tastes like it should have been a Pop-Tart already.” - Abigail Williams, Director of College Outreach
“The vanilla latte pop tart is mouth watering!” - Brennan Williams, Pop Culture Editor
“It has a subtle coffee aftertaste.” - Elyse Wanshel, Trends Editor
“Miraculously, this not only legitimately tasted like coffee, but was also enjoyable to eat. I think it would be better warm.” - Hilary Hanson, Trends Editor
“I really enjoyed the vanilla — it tasted like a vanilla latte in Pop-Tart form.” - JamesMichael Nichols, Deputy Editor of Queer Voices
“This tastes like a latte if the foam was made of marshmallow whip.” - Maddie Crum, Books & Culture Writer
“Tastes like an Eggo waffle with syrup!” - Priscilla Frank, Arts & Culture Writer
“I could rock with the vanilla latte flavor straight out of the toaster.” - Taryn Finley, Associate Editor of Black Voices
“I’d just rather have an Eggo.” - Katy Brooks, Senior Arts & Culture Editor
“The latte one tasted like vanilla extract sprinkled on cardboard.” - Julia Bush, Social Media Editor
Well, there you have it. If you want to buy them for yourself, they’re available now at retailers nationwide for $2.59 for an 8-count box.
Now, who’s hungry?