When you can't have gluten, finding palatable substitutions to your favorite foods can be a real hassle. Luckily, we have Karen Morgan's The Everyday Art of Gluten-Free to help you through that quest. Take this thickly-frosted, fruit-stuffed pop tart as a shining example of what can be done with a little starch manipulation.
'Pop Tart' on Serious Eats
Preparing a homemade version of the popular store-bought pastries is extremely easy, and placing rows of jelly beans in the middle is a vibrant way to make use of any straggler candy. The jelly beans become soft and slightly gooey while still the tarts are still warm; they form into flattened but soft little sugar lumps when cooled.
Have you ever found yourself eating a chocolate cookie and thought to yourself that surely, surely there must be a way to heighten this delicious experience? This is the way. The answer is yes, and that thing is Pop-Tarts. More specifically, S'mores Pop-Tarts.
These Pop-Tarts boast everything you remember about the originals and even newcomers like me can appreciate their warm, spicy-sweet flavor. Frosting lovers will enjoy their irresistibly lickable icing while purists can opt to go au naturel. The real question is: will you butter yours?
Either Kellogg's now manufactures Pop-Tarts using a reformulated recipe or the tastebuds I possessed as a child had not developed enough to distinguish between crap and yum. As a kid, I thought Pop-Tarts represented the absolute pinnacle of deliciousness. I remember each nibble bringing supreme, no, divine pleasure. My adult palate, however, finds every bite a new adventure in disappointment.