REVIEW: Pop-Tarts Pretzel Salted Caramel

Pop Tarts Pretzel Salted Caramel Box

What are Pop-Tarts Pretzel Salted Caramel?

Everyone’s preferred toaster pastry is pillowed in a puffy pretzel… pjacket. Okay, I took some alliterative stretches there, but it felt good and so I just went for it. This new flavor — which joins its previous pretzel brethren Cinnamon Sugar and Chocolate — is meant to capture the hearts of breakfast pastry aficionados who need some salt with their sweet.

How is it?

Pop Tarts Pretzel Salted Caramel Top

Well, salty and sweet. And (to my surprise, I’ll admit) really good! The outer shell — the “pretzel” component, if you will — is just a bit crispy and quite salty. There’s an icing drizzle on the outside that you don’t get much from, but the inside filling is sweet (though not overwhelmingly so) and a bit chewy with a decidedly pronounced caramel flavor.

Pop Tarts Pretzel Salted Caramel Filling

My only complaint at all is that there just isn’t enough caramel filling. It’s a very thin layer that seems to primarily reside solely down the middle of the tart. Evening it out — and providing more — would elevate this a full point.

Anything else you need to know?

Pop Tarts Pretzel Salted Caramel Bottom

I’m a firm believer that Pop-Tarts can be enjoyed both toasted and in their natural, raw state; not so with this variety. I tried it both ways and found the un-toasted one, well, frankly pretty bad. The outer shell was chewy and bland and the filling lost some style points, too. If you don’t own a toaster, you should get married because you’ll get a few of them, but in the interim, you may want to skip the pretzel Pop-Tarts.

Conclusion:

While the Pretzel Salted Caramel isn’t going to displace Brown Sugar Cinnamon or Chocolate or Frosted Strawberry or Blueberry as anyone’s primary Tart of choice, it is fine as a new addition to the Kellogg’s breakfast pastry family. Just make sure you actually toast it first, please.

Purchased Price: $2.79
Size: 8 pastries (4 packs)
Purchased at: Sun Fresh
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (2 pastries) 380 calories, 12 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 710 milligrams of sodium, 66 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 23 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

8 thoughts to “REVIEW: Pop-Tarts Pretzel Salted Caramel”

  1. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. I’m not sure who gets the blame when I come back for a third attempt.

    None of the three Pop Tarts Pretzel flavors actually taste like pretzels. All you really seem to get out of that is a less durable Pop Tart crust that looks like it’s seconds away from disintegrating the instant you open the package. The filling doesn’t stand out from the bland crust, either, which is a major problem. At least with this new flavor, it didn’t actually taste _bad_, but it didn’t really taste good, either. I have no idea how the Pretzel flavors managed to survive long enough to get a third variety (though after reading this review, I did realize that I couldn’t find Chocolate Pretzel anywhere, so maybe it did finally die).

    1. Pop Tarts in general are much, much thinner and have less filling than they had when I was a kid in the 70’s and 80’s. Kellogg’s has really shrunk them down over the years.

  2. “If you don’t own a toaster, you should get married because you’ll get a few of them.”

    I loved this line.

  3. Is the caramel filling sticky like caramel caramel? Is it like typical pop tart filling? I ask because I have many dental crowns and I miss caramel, so I’m looking for anything that’s remotely caramel-flavored without the stickiness / risk of popping my crowns off. Thank you.

    1. Flip:

      I would say it is in between a normal caramel and a Pop-Tart filling, with it leaning closer to typical Pop-Tart filling. It’s probably worth spending the $3 and approaching it tentatively, in my opinion.

      1. I can happily report that these are the closest (safe) thing to caramel without being caramel that I’ve found. I concur that untoasted is a waste, while toasted–I stand up and cheer.

        The Impulsive Buy had better win some sort of award.

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