Can You Microwave Pop Tarts?

by Charlie

Pop Tarts are pastries that the Kellogg’s company invented in 1964. Before this time, the conventional breakfast for many was toast and jam or other toast pastries.

Pop Tarts made breakfast a whole deal of fun for most people. It’s very delicious and gives a whole different level of autonomy to add other yummy snacks or a nice cup of coffee. Tarts have a sugary filling which is carefully placed within double layers of rectangle-shaped pastry crust. 

In the United States, Pop Tarts remains the most renowned Kellogg’s product. Millions of units of pop tarts get sold per annum. This buoyant distribution spreads to other countries like Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and New Zealand.

Pop Tarts are produced in a wide variety of flavors. These include Frosted Apple Blast, Frosted Chocotastic, Frosted Strawberry Sensation, Blueberry, Brown Sugar Cinnamon, Cherry, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Cinnamon Roll, Wild Berry, Pretzel Cinnamon Sugar, Pretzel Chocolate amongst many others. 

Often, the varieties of pop tarts are sold frosted or precooked in pairs and wrapped in foil packages. These varieties need little or no refrigeration. This leaves lovers of hot snacks curious how to enjoy their pop tarts with a warm feel.

Can you microwave pop tarts? Yes, you can microwave pop tarts. With your microwave set to high, remove the pop tarts (frosted or unfrosted) from the foil and place on a microwave-safe plate. Slide the plate in the microwave and heat for just 10 seconds. Allow to cool and enjoy your snack.

What to Know When Microwaving Pop Tarts

Microwaving pop tarts is one of the easiest and fastest methods to heat it and enjoy it warm. Kellogg’s intended that consumers have to heat it up themselves and made most of the varieties frosted. Moreover, selling most flavors frosted gives users who love cold tarts the option to eat straight from the bag. With this diversity, pop tarts are surely an adventurous breakfast option for you.

However, a great deal of attention should be paid to pop tarts while microwaving. When microwaving pop tarts, you have to make sure you check the flavor to determine the time required for heating. Unfrosted flavors would take less time to get warm compared to frosted ones. Leaving out this crucial detail could result in getting burnt tarts as your final output since microwaves heat at a very fast speed.

Asides heating with a microwave, there are several methods to enjoy pop tarts which I’ll be walking you through in other parts of this piece. Stay tuned to learn alternative heating and preparation methods. 

How to Heat Pop Tarts in the Microwave

Heating Pop Tarts is a relatively simple process. Unlike heating other snacks, it takes the least time and requires the least expertise to do a good job. Here are the steps I follow when microwaving pop tarts:

  1. Get the pop tarts flavor you would love to take whether frosted and unfrosted. Take the pastry out of the foil and place on a microwave-safe plate.
  2. When heating multiple tarts, place a maximum of four tarts on the microwave-safe plate and heat at intervals till you have all your tarts warm.
  3. Set the microwave on high and place the microwave-safe plate in the microwave to heat for 10 seconds. 
  4. If unfrosted, allow to heat for two seconds and check to see if it’s done to your satisfaction. If not, add a couple of seconds to get the desired end result. Avoid getting distracted at this point as the microwave heats very fast and you surely don’t want a burnt pop tart.
  5. Remove the microwave-safe plate from the microwave and allow the pop tarts to cool before serving them. At this point, they are usually very hot and can cause burns.
  6. Serve and enjoy your pop tart meal.

Alternatives to Microwaving Pop Tarts

Microwaving pop tarts gives a nice output if you love it warm. However, are you looking to explore and try out other methods of enjoying your pop tarts? If you love the traditional approach and would really love to explore that realm, a toaster would be your best bet.

The steps to take when using a toaster are quite simple. First, you remove the pop tarts from the foil container. Then, you carefully place them in a vertical position in your toaster. Allow to heat on low per cycle. When it is hot, leave to cool for some minutes before serving. Enjoy your yummy tarts.

Asides microwaves and toasters, ovens can also be used to heat pop tarts. However, you have to be extra careful to avoid burning the tarts or preparing tarts with uneven surfaces.

Related Questions:

How Do Pop Tarts Get So Hot Within 10 Seconds?

The sugary filling in pop tarts responds at a very fast rate to radiation from the microwave. Moreover, microwaves are designed to rapidly eat up water. Since tarts are pastry crusts with very little water, the microwave conveniently heats them up within few seconds. Other things like cheese and pre-cooked bread and bacon get hot very fast in microwaves too.

Why Are Pop Tarts Sold in Pairs?

A lot of people wonder why tarts are sold in pairs. Many have found it difficult to wrap their heads around the rationale behind this. On commencement of the pop tarts startup by Kellogg’s, the machines used for wrapping foils around the tarts were very expensive. To optimize cost of production, the company doubled the number of tarts that went in each packet. Consequently, it successfully cut its expenditure on machinery by half.

However, when the brand gained a nice reputation, the company couldn’t change what the consumers were familiar with.

Why Pop Tarts are Wrapped in Foil?

For most edible packaged products, consumer satisfaction and shelf life are cogent factors which are considered. Pop Tarts are wrapped in foils to keep them fresh. This makes it important to always remove the foils before microwaving them.

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