Friday, April 2, 2010

It's Pop-Tart Love *contest closed*

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Kellogg’s® Pop-Tarts® Toaster Pastries.




When I was first contacted about doing this review for Pop-Tarts, my first thought was about my middle son, Cameron.

He loves to create art of any kind, stick it in an envelope, tape it up (usually with masking tape--it is his adhesive of choice), and ask me to mail it to Grandma So-and-So.

One day he did just this, was busy in the kitchen with his supplies, etc, and eventually handed me a pretty thick envelope. It felt a little...off. Like it didn't feel like his usual mass of folded paper and creations.

I wavered a bit on whether I should open it or not, or just stick some stamps on it and send it on its way to Utah. But I did eventually decide I'd better find out just what he was sending USPS.

Ladies and gentleman, it was a package of Pop-Tarts. Folded up in a nice creation he had made on which he'd written on the bottom how he'd wanted to share his breakfast with her.

I laughed so hard.

I didn't send it, but I let his Grandma know that he had been generous in offering up his breakfast. And ever since then, I pat down Cameron's letters carefully before sticking postage on them.

Aren't Pop-Tarts great? Seriously the go-to quick breakfast in the morning. My kids actually like them unheated and eat them for breakfast, for treats, or just for something quick while on the go. The packaging makes them easy to take and go, and they come in a plethora of varieties. I don't know anyone who doesn't like a good package of Pop-Tarts in the morning.

We recently tried the new Strawberry Milkshake variety, something new from Kellogg's. My kids really liked the creamy strawberry insides (I had no doubt), and at one point when looking at our case of samples, my 10 year old sighed and said, "Ahh...Pop-Tart Love."

Indeed.

We were instructed to make the following fun recipe.


We cut the Strawberry Milkshake Pop-Tarts into fourths.


We then put ice cream on the non-frosted side.


Then topped with the other, sandwich-like.


We then dipped the "ice-cream sandwiches" into sprinkles.


And wrapped them in plastic wrap.


Froze them for about half an hour.


And later ate them for a fun dessert.


What's not to love?



Pop-Tarts: good.

Ice cream: good.

Sprinkles: good.

These Sprinkly Ice Cream Bites were a cute springy dessert.

To enter the giveaway for a $100 Visa gift card, comment on this entry and tell me what your kids usually eat for breakfast. Are you the type to cook something healthy and nutritious every morning? Do your kids get cold cereal? Are you breakfast-skippers? In my family alone I have one child who could do without breakfast, one who wants and asks for "porridge" every day, and one who'd be happy with cold cereal and, you guessed it, Pop-Tarts. Tell me the norm for your family.

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83 comments:

Mami2jcn said...

My kids are big cereal fans.

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Tethered Mommy said...

My kids usually eat yogurt or toast. Not the most nutritional of items, but I try.

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Anonymous said...

My kids love pop-tarts (S'Mores is a favorite), especially heated. Breakfast around here is many things - waffles, cereal, bagels, toast, fruit, coffee cake, muffins, cinnamon rolls - whatever is in the house!

Amie

Casey Lu said...

I usually let me kids eat cold cereal or I make Cream of Wheat or Oatmeal which the latter two the kids LOVE! It differs everyday. Everyone in our house is a breakfast person. We don't function well without it! My kids also LOVE pop tarts which I have a hard time keeping in the house or lasting a couple of days. When I buy anything that contains sugar, fruity filling, or chocolate filling it is gone by the end of the day by Morgan. She hogs it all and wont eat anything else ever. So I tend to not buy them often but I love them too!

Angelica Bays, TygrLilies.com said...

Ah, my poor deprived children. One would love an omelette every morning- the other, French Toast, please. Cha'-right. "Here's your Pop Tart, now get in the car!"

Teri said...

my kids also prefer pop tarts for a mid day snack.... they are easy for in the car snacks too! They like and sugary cereal or pancakes in the morning!

Emily said...

cereal...it's a crowd-pleaser for sure.

Blair said...

hurried days it is toast with jam and on slower days it is oatmeal, Weekends is a whole different scene that usually includes eggs.

Team Morris said...

Wow! Those are the cutest little ice cream sandwiches! No wonder your kids loved them!

I have to admit we're a Pop Tart family. I do mix things up and serve eggs, fruit salad, toast, cereal, oatmeal, etc. Pretty much whatever I have planned and have the time for. I totally love having Pop Tarts on those mornings when things just don't go my way...like you said- they're the perfect grab and go breakfast.

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Megan said...

Weekday breakfasts tend to be more cereals and granola bars, with the occasional poptart thrown in. Strangely enough my SO eats poptarts as a snack or with his lunch at work all the time, but not for breakfast.

laurie b said...

my 12 year old step-daughter does like cold (not toasted) Pop Tarts (any kind with chocolate) or cereal with no milk in the morning. she wants something portable so she can fix her hair, watch tv, get on the computer...

my 20 year old step-son, who is still living at home with us, rolls out of bed for classes or work and never eats any breakfast. it's no wonder he is a little crabby that time of day!

Stephanie said...

school mornings - yo on the go and a kids clif bar in the car. weekends are pancakes, omelettes and bacon - full spread!
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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

cereal on most mornings- pancakes or waffles on weekends- poptarts on the go

Dianna said...

Yogurt, fruit and whole wheat toast for us!

Jenna said...

Our staples are cereal, toast, oatmeal and bananas. Then a couple of times a week we cook a full nutritious breakfast!

In Due Time said...

The kiddo loves gogurt, fruit, bacon, eggs, cereal, poptarts, granola bars..depends on her mood.

Lori A. said...

My son likes to have cold cereal or oatmeal for breakfast. My daughter would prefer a hot breakfast of pancakes/bacon or a breakfast burrito.
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Cheryl said...

On the weekdays if were not rushed it is fruit & Yogurt or cold cereal. If were are rushed it is cold pop tarts, Breakfast bars or the miniature boxes of our favorite cereal (eaten dry). On the weekend, my husband gets up early and cooks us a fresh feast before we go to work on our mini ranch.

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Anne J said...

We usually eat oatmeal, it is quick and filling.

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Roger said...

There is nothing..and I mean NOTHING more that I love for breakfast than two Cherry pop-tarts.

Melt a little butter and put it on them.
Mmm..

That is alright by me anyday. :)

My wife likes the Brown Sugar ones..but they aren't my cup of tea.

Are you sure these are a new flavor? I seem to remember seeing them awhile ago.

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The Bluths said...

On Saturdays my husband usually picks donuts up for breakfast, a fun treat. Sunday he makes chocolate chip pancakes. On the other days we have either nutrigrain bars or cereal (dry) or pop tarts or waffles. Man, we eat awful right?

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leaner said...

Gwennie prefers honey toast and cold cereal. Rhayn likes oatmeal and English muffins.

Jan Garber said...

I fluctuate between healthy and downright sugar packed!! If Pop Tarts would come out with a low-sugar, 100% fruit filled pastry, I could live on those! I love Pop-Tarts and find any excuse to have one, whether for breakfast, mid-day snack, or before bedtime! Been a longtime fan since they first appeared!

Lindsey @ Better After said...

my kids usually have cereal, but if i'm feeling unlazy, they actually prefer egg sandwiches or oatmeal! weirdos!

Deb said...

My kids would have brownies for breakfast if I'd let them. :) I compromise and keep a stock of PopTarts. Also fresh fruit and bran muffins.

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JC said...

DDs like cereal with milk!

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SHANNABEBE569 said...

Weekdays we do cereal and granola bars usually. My son is a huge cereal fan. When my husband is home on the weekends, we do eggs, hasbrowns, fresh fruit, etc.

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J.Anderson said...

Mine love toaster waffles.
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The Gosfam said...

CEREAL!! is the top pick at our house. From Trix to Kix they don't care. Or go-gurts.

We love Pop-tarts, but they are snacks for us not breakfast :)

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Nita said...

Breakfast around our place is usually cereal or granola bars and milk.

Anonymous said...

I love Pop-Tarts...my husband likes Pop-Tarts and ALL our children loved them. Our two favorite ways to eat them: straight out of the freezer...YES!...the other way is slightly warmed in the toaster with ice-cold milk. If they are in the house, they are in my tummy. Yum.

Bernice

mamawj said...

I'm a mamaw and in the mornings I only have my almost 6yr old only grandson to fix breakfast for when my daughter & son in law drop him off at 6:00 Am to drive on to work 35 miles away and my husband drives that same route as well leaving at 5:30. So they take there breakfast on the go, but before I take my grandson to school each morning he has 3 favorite breakfast meals he likes fixed alternated which are peach flavored oatmeal & toast/ french toast with bacon /and pancakes with scrambled eggs with cheeese mixed in and apple juice. I enjoy cooking for him and we both love pop tarts heated in the toaster with butter spread on them, so good. Thanks
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myfoxypup said...

We often have muffins or cold cereal for breakfast. My husband eats a granola bar on his way to work or on his morning break.

Mark and Jessica said...

I have a kid or two who would eat cold cereal each morning. A couple who love cooked breakfast - egg, ham, cheese sandwich. Most will eat anything and love the occasional mornings I cook eggs, pancakes, waffles, or french toast. Me personally?? I can just as easily go without.

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Anonymous said...

I always feel so guilty for not preparing a hot breakfast for my family! There is simply no time! So, cereal, toast, yogurt seem to be the quickest. One day a week - usually Friday - I allow my son to eat a "fun" item like PopTarts or donuts.

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Heidi said...

We tend to eat healthier type foods on average for breakfast - but when we go on vacay - we totally slum it up! I LOVE pop tarts, though! My kids beg me to get them more often! Sinful pleasure! Those ice cream sandwiches looked like the BOMB!

James said...

I'm going to have to try the strawberry milkshake, that looked good.
Anne C.

Deana :) said...

My kids usually get cold cereal for breakfast. Mom's not a big morning person. But, who doesn't love eggs, bacon, and pancakes? So, that's a common dinner around here.

Margee' said...

Didn't have such a thing when my girls were growing up, but I do know the grandkids eat them.
The boys look like they enjoyed themselves!

sunshineperri said...

My family eats a variety of breakfast goodies. Somedays it's Eggo's, oatmeal, raisin bread, cold cereal and of course Hot Fudge Sundea Pop Tarts for the teenager on the run!!! I could do without breakfast at all, but force myself to eat healthy.

Alisa said...

We do love pop tarts...in face one of my young women has me down as sister poptart in her cell phone (long story on that one) but my boys really are into the new skinny bagels...with cream cheese and ham, or one of my son's loves sourdough english muffin with cream cheese and ham...he also drinks a protein drink most mornings...

Crysty said...
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Crysty said...

We pretty well stick with oatmeal (instant) or scrambled eggs. But I have one child who loves ramen for breakfast...LOL. crystycovino at cableone dot net

Mikki said...

Mine love Pancakes!!!

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SalGal said...

OMG, this is actually my favorite flavor of Pop Tarts!!!

I make my kids eat cereal for breakfast. If they wake me up for it, they are toast. LoL!!

shutterboo said...

Well, I don't have kids. But I usually consume cereal, oatmeal or coffee.

Dolphin Girl said...

My kids consistently choose either cinnamon toast or Cheerios for breakfast.

Karen said...

cereal is the most common breakfast

Tabathia said...

My kids normally eat cereal or oatmeal but at least once a week they eat frozen pancakes or waffles

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carmen said...

Breakfast is pretty ordinary in my house (cereal or oatmeal, maybe toast and yogurt) but on Fridays we break the rules and have a big breakfast with pancakes and bacon and eggs. So good!

Veronica said...

Waffles. We eat a lot of waffles. :D

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Nicole said...

I love making my kids a nutritious smoothie in the morning. Sometimes I will sneak in some spinach or kale and they never even know :)

Jen B said...

My 2 yr old quadruplets love scrambled eggs, oatmeal, cereal, muffins---you name it! But they really love it when Saturday mornings roll around and I make "canpakes" aka pancakes:)

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miriama said...

If I am REALLY awake (as in not that often but I try) I make Swedish pancakes for my daughter. Otherwise it is mostly cereal.

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Kelsey Kim said...

It varies, but some favorites are pb toast, waffles, pancakes, omelettes, bagels and cream cheese, oatmeal, cold cereal. We usually have one of the above with a yogurt and a piece of fruit.

daveg0929 said...

We usually have Poptarts and chocolate milk

jillyrh said...

My son does not like to eat breakfast in the morning but loves to eat it at night. He could live on bacon! LOL

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Binkytowne said...

Waffles. Every day. Super easy and good, but not as good as a pop tart!

Liz said...

I think my favorite is blueberry for sure with the icing more calories for sure.
Still at my age I have one every now and again
What a sweet thing with the icecream how clever

Betty N said...

We have always had cold cereals available each day and them when I had more time I offered eggs, oatmeal,and my soft oven cinnamon toast. Fresh fruit is a popular addition now with my grandkids

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Danielle B said...

My kids love cereal, but prefer warm oatmeal on a cold morning!
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Angie said...

We usually eat scrambled eggs and toast, grits, or oatmeal. I like to eat warm foods in the morning.

kari jasus said...

if the food is available we have eggs and bacon...i make my hubby a sandwich to go. otherwise it's just toast and fruit.

holud said...

Eggs and chapati (Indian flat bread) or toast

Nanabeech2007 said...

My baby girl (17 y/o senior in HS) either has brown sugar cinnamon pop tarts or has to have choc. chip eggos with a cup of turkey hill iced tea, and nothing else.