It's difficult to imagine a more wondrous yet under-appreciated processed food than the unpretentious Pop-Tart. The toaster treats are best known for satisfying nostalgic cravings and sending our blood sugar levels into a downward spiral. However, they are surprisingly versatile as well -- acting as a sweet, lowbrow canvas for a variety of delicious creations that will have you rushing to the nearest dentist.
Here's a roundup of our favorite dishes featuring Pop-Tarts as the star:
Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich
Pop-Tarts get little respect as a breakfast food -- nor should they. Really, they're just large, flat cookies (albeit tasty cookies) available in a variety of flavors -- most of which defy nature. But what do you do with cookies? You make ice cream sandwiches with them, of course.
I love the idea of Frosted Chocolate Pop-Tarts sandwiching peppermint ice cream (shown here); however, such combinations as S'mores Pop-Tarts with Rocky Road ice cream or Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts with vanilla ice cream sound dangerously tempting, too.
Man Eater took the Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich one step further by adhering it to a stick. It's particularly notable for its excellent use of Hot Fudge Pop-Tarts.
Pop-Tart Quarter Pounder
The folks at Serious Eats, cleverly recognizing Pop-Tarts' potential to enhance savory dishes, fashioned together this delicacy featuring Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tarts and a McDonald's Quarter Pounder. Mmmm. Pickles.
The new Pop-Tarts World Cafe in New York wowed -- disgusted? -- customers with Pop-Tart sushi: a fresh combination of crumbled Strawberry Pop-Tarts wrapped in a Fruit Roll-Up.
Apparently, meat sandwiched between two Pop-Tarts sounded so very tempting that the folks over at Slate thought they would give it a go .... Behold: The Pop-Tart BLT. It's so wrong, it's right.
Apple Strudel Breakfast Bake
Finally, this Apple Strudel Pop-Tart Breakfast Bake -- made with sausage, apples, eggs, and cheese -- is either the best idea of all time or the most vile creation on the entire planet.
What do you think about these Pop-Tart creations? Brilliant or disgusting? Have you ever made anything with Pop-Tarts?