Remember the Maple Bacon Pop-Tarts I reviewed a few weeks ago? It was released with two more flavors, a chocolate caramel and these watermelon ones, and a limited edition Pink Lemonade version is on the way. (Lemonade should be available this April.) When I saw these new releases the chocolate caramel version left me feeling pretty "meh," so I decided not to check those out, but the watermelon? It gave me this surge of nostalgia, I knew I had seen these before..and it turns out, I had! Remember these "Wild Watermelon" Pop-tarts from the 90's? I sure didn't, until I saw these! What's going on? Full House is back, Ghostbusters is headed into theaters along with Ecto-Cooler, and now Watermelon Pop-Tarts?
I'm pretty sure I ate them way back when, but I can't remember if I liked them or not. The fact that they didn't leave much of an impression doesn't bode well, but what the heck. Why not give these a(nother) try?
The box is pretty much the same as all the other Pop-Tart flavors I've reviewed, and the only switch up is the photo, so there's nothing to talk about as far as form, function or design. However...
I'm sure most Pop-Tart eaters have noticed the super bad jokes they've been putting on the side of the box these last few years. Normally they're mediocre and not worth mentioning or photographing, but these? They're just so freaking bad. Worse than Dad-level humor. Watermelon-patch? Rasta-Tarts? And that tiny dino is totally scoping out that Pop-Tarts crotch hankering for a bite. These were groan-worthy bad, and I felt the need to subject you all to this so I didn't have to suffer alone. (I'm sorry...but this is a burden we can now bear together. You're gonna carry that weight...)
As usual, the Pop-Tarts inside are wrapped in a silver foiled plastic, and once opened they smell like sweetened pie crust and watermelon Jolly Ranchers. I'm suddenly having flashbacks to the Watermelon Oreo and wondering what I got myself into.
Hot toasted watermelon just doesn't appeal to me, so I tried this flavor as-is right out of the package, and you know what? It's not that bad! It's way more edible than the Watermelon Oreos, and it's actually a refreshing change from my go-to-fruity flavor, strawberry. The crust is the same as it always is, dry, crumbly, and generically vanilla, but the filling is light, tangy, and very similar to a watermelon Jolly Rancher. I am honestly surprised, I didn't think this flavor would work even half as well as it does as a pastry, but I really like these!
I can't remember tasting these in the 90's, but I bet I would have loved them even more as a kid. This flavor is tangy, similar to their Wild Berry Pop-Tarts, but with a more refreshing watermelon hard-candy-edge. I'm pretty sure this flavor is geared more towards kids, but I'm 28 years old, and I like this enough to repurchase, so I hope it sticks around as a seasonal summer flavor, or else I'll have to wait another 20 years for them to cycle back again.