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New Chocolate Peanut Butter Pop-Tarts

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Varieties of Pop-Tarts, like varieties of Oreos, proliferate so rapidly I can't keep up. Well, honestly, I don't really want to because I've always been more of a fan of Toaster Strudel, whose buttery, flaky exterior makes Pop-Tarts taste like stale matzoh in comparison. Once in a while, a decent Pop-Tart flavor, such as Frosted Sugar Cookie, will emerge, usually during the holiday season. Generally, however, I have no use for Pop-Tarts, especially the garish "Wildalicious" Wild! Fruit Fusion kind.

But stop the presses -- I may have to rethink my position. Kellogg's has released two new flavors of Pop-Tarts (hardly shocking as this happens approximately every ten minutes), but, but here's the thing! They're both okay and one is actually quite good!

I don't know if the new Gone Nutty! Pop-Tarts technically can be called an entire "line" of products (seems like a "line" should comprise at least three items), but regardless of how this nascent genre of Pop-Tarts should be described, they should most definitely not be limited-edition.

Just in case, however, Kellogg's is playing a cruel joke on us all and plans only to offer the Gone Nutty Pop-Tarts for a few months, I strongly recommend buying one box now for tasting and another as a holiday gift (possibly to yourself).

The "plain" Peanut Butter Pop-Tart pleasantly verges on legume overload, with a paste-like peanut butter frosting filling inside a peanut butter-flavored pastry shell. Its monotone taste profile means that halfway through, you will be grappling for a glass of cold milk and possibly craving some strawberry jelly to smear on the top.

The Chocolate Peanut Butter leaves nothing to be desired (except, perhaps, for another glass of milk). The cocoa pastry shell nicely complements the thick, sugary nut butter interior, and a light glaze of melted milk chocolate not only provides a lovely textural contrast but also prevents the peanut flavor from dominating your consumption experience. As you might expect, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pop-Tarts are best slightly toasted, though chilling one in the freezer and adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream as garnish might be a more fitting summer dessert.

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