REVIEW: Lemon Creme Pie Pop-Tarts

Lemon Creme Pie Pop Tarts Box

What are Lemon Crème Pie Pop-Tarts?

Pop-Tarts has experimented with inventive flavors like sodas, cupcakes, and even Jolly Ranchers, but this time the brand is keeping it classic with a toaster pastry inspired by the summertime favorite, lemon cream pie.

Lemon Crème Pie Pop-Tarts join a lineup of new flavors hitting shelves, including Peach Cobbler, Banana Crème Pie, Tropical Mango, and the limited edition Mister E Flavor.

How are they?

Although lemon is a simple (and, to me, underrated) flavor, Lemon Crème Pie Pop-Tarts dressed up for their debut. Each tart features a swipe of pastel icing and crunchy golden sprinkles that lend extra sweetness and flair.

Lemon Creme Pie Pop Tarts Split

The pastry carries a subtle lemon taste, like a flavored shortbread. Thinking about the inspiration dessert, I expected the filling to be lighter and creamier, the sort of texture found in a Strawberry Milkshake variety. Instead, the filling is that of a standard fruit Pop-Tart: concentrated and a little jam-like.

Lemon Creme Pie Pop Tarts Frosting

The lemon flavor is sharp and citrusy but artificial, with a hint of vanilla mixed in. The filling tastes good, but the vanilla flavor doesn’t represent a cream element that well. A streak of vanilla or even marshmallow cream filling would have helped to recreate the experience of enjoying a fluffy, creamy pie.

Lemon Creme Pie Pop Tarts Filling

While I have bigger dreams for the filling than Pop-Tarts realized, I still wish there were more of it. The thin layer sits in the center of the tart, as the thick edges protect all of the lemony goodness. More filling, please, Pop-Tarts! This is how the “Is a Pop-Tart a ravioli?” debate got started!

Anything else you need to know?

Fresh from the toaster, these are still enjoyable, but I found the pastry lost its lemon-tinged flavor when heated. (I tend to prefer my Pop-Tarts untoasted, an opinion that others react to as though I’ve just spit on the graves of their ancestors, so I was surprised to see that the box suggests serving them frozen. Does eating frozen Pop-Tarts classify as deviant behavior?)

Conclusion:

Lemon Crème Pie Pop-Tarts deliver scant filling and simpler flavor than their name suggests. They won’t replace your favorite variety but are tasty enough to satisfy a citrus craving.

Purchased Price: $2.19
Size: 13.5 oz box / 8 pastries
Purchased at: Wegmans
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (per 2 pastries) 380 calories, 10 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 340 milligrams of sodium, 69 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 28 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.

9 thoughts to “REVIEW: Lemon Creme Pie Pop-Tarts”

  1. Thanks for the review.

    Did the top layer of frosting add any different type of flavor (as opposed to just sweetness and flair) than the filling?

    I like the holiday Sugar Cookie ones from the fridge, but frozen seems like it would hurt my teeth.

  2. I can’t find these or the other 3 new flavors anywhere in Ohio and Kelloggs told me via Twitter they rolled out May 10.
    I really hope to find these soon!

    1. Same. I’m In VA and while their website’s “where to buy” section says all their new offerings are in stores near me, none of them actually have them when I go there. It’s not sold out either. I’m talking the store doesn’t even a stock slot for them on shelves.

      So there’s some kind of disconnect between Kellogg and the stores. I’m hoping they show up eventually

  3. I found these at my local Wegmans in central NJ. I had higher hopes for these Pop Tarts since I tend to like Lemon flavored items, but these were just mediocre at best. Maybe it’s because I haven’t had Pop-Tarts in a while, but with the box I purchased, it seemed like the Pop-tarts barely had any filling in them. Like the thinnest sliver of lemon filling just to give it a hint of flavor. Otherwise, you tasted the dough more than the lemon flavor, which made for a blah experience. I hope to try the Peach and Mango flavored Pop-tarts that are coming out soon if I can find them anywhere. But not off to a good start with these Lemon Creme Pie ones. They really skimped on filling inside the pop-tart.

  4. I’m not sure this flavor would be good enough to make me a fan of Pop Tarts again, but I’d be intrigued if there were a lemon Toaster Strudel (a food I ate obsessively as a kid, then suddenly burned out HARD on).

  5. I have never toasted a Pop Tart in my life. I love them as they are. (But then again, one of my favorite potluck salads calls for uncooked ramen noodles straight from the package, broken up and sprinkled on the salad.)

  6. I can relate. I enjoy a can of Chef boy ar dee ravioli straight from the can once in awhile.

  7. I love these so much the lemon cream pie I eat at least 2 a day they are so good I keep looking for the peach cobbler,banana cream pie,tropical mango nobody every has them but the the lemon cream pie ones taste just like that delicious

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