Thursday, September 8, 2016

Pink Lemonade Pop-Tarts - Walmart #tbt

Pink Lemonade Pop-Tarts - Walmart #tbt 
It's still warm outside and technically summer, but I'm still going to count this as a #tbt anyway because it's been sitting in my to-be-reviewed-pile for months.
The packaging is covered with colorful illustrations ranging from the expected lemonade-stand style wooden sign, to having paper lanterns and a flamingo. It's probably one of the least polished and gaudy limited edition flavor boxes I've seen in the last few years, but it's not completely awful. The back panel is filled with more so bad they're occasionally cute jokes and illustrations. 
Does anyone wear sweatpants with words on the butt anymore? 
They lose cute points with the pink poodle panel, but the resting beach face one made me giggle. So it's not a greta package, but it's playful, and I enjoy it for what it is. 
I was initially skeptical about this flavor, but I have no idea why. I mean, a lemon Pop-Tart. That's pretty much a toaster-friendly version of lemon meringue pie. (Minus the meringue of course.) I love lemon meringue pie! The pink color may have thrown me off for a moment, but this has the potential to be pretty good. Alright, let's open 'er up and see if getting my hopes up was a good idea, or if I should have gone with my gut-instinct.
Unwrapped, the Pop-Tart has light pink icing, covered in sprinkles, and the "crust" is the same (dry) vanilla-base as all the other Pop-Tarts out there. It smells lightly citrus-y and tangy, like lemonade mix or canned lemon pie filling, but the dry crust aroma mellows it out so it's not as intense as you'd expect. 
I like my Pop-Tarts un-toasted, so I took a bite right out of the package and you know what? It's not bad! The crust is dry, as always, but the filling has a tangy canned lemon pie flavor mixed with extra sugary sweetness. Depending on the recipe, pink lemonade can be normal lemonade with food coloring, or you can add strawberry/raspberry/red-fruits to achieve the color with added sweetness. (Sometimes they even use grenadine, which is a pomegranate syrup commonly used in cocktails.) Which one did Pop-Tarts go for? 
Well there's no strawberry or fruits shown on the front of the box, no hint of real fruit hidden in the sea of ingredients on the side panel...and it doesn't taste my guess would be this is good ol' pink food coloring. These taste like lemon pie filling, pink-colored sugar icing, and super dry pie crust. I know that description doesn't sound incredibly appealing, but I actually liked these quite a bit. It's like a super mild crust-heavy store-bought pie. The lemon flavoring was a refreshing change from my go-to Pop-Tart flavors, and I thought it was a great flavor to offer in the summer. When it comes to comparing this to a real slice of pie, or a real glass of pink lemonade, it's a flop, but as far as Pop-Tarts go, it's a pretty good one. 
These days I only buy Pop-Tarts to review them. I never pick them up for non-blog snacking because I just don't have the shelf space (I'm a food hoarder) but I do like these and I think it would be a fun addition to after school snacks and lunch boxes. (Which is how I usually ate them as a kid. It was my go-to bus-friendly morning snack.) If you like Pop-Tarts, this is a fun flavor to check out. Don't let the pink put you off, if you like lemon-flavored cookie and pie this will be right up your alley.  
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