Poptarts, the love of every kid of the 90s, and every kid since then? Well, frankly, other than the cinnamon sugar ones, I never was super excited about them. Now the apple pies from McDonalds, 2 for $1? Absolutely, all day long… That’s another story, though. Regardless of how you really feel about poptarts, the idea is certainly nice – a delicious pastry with just the right amount of tasty filling inside that you can just throw in the toaster. So when I was at the store the other day and saw Bobo’s Toaster Pastry, I decided to give it a try!
The Rabbit Hole
As an aside: if you ever wonder why there are not more “homemade” tasting products on the shelf, it’s just extremely hard. Additives exist for a reason, though you can certainly argue and be correct that their usage is way over blown and damaging to our bodies. When you want to bake something, have it survive shipping for several days, and then sit on the grocery store shelf to be easily purchased for several weeks, it’s not so easy to just throw Aunt Betty’s bread recipe in a bag and have it survive. Think about how your own homemade cookies would be if you mailed them to someone in England who then waited 3 weeks before eating them. Hence why a lot of the gluten free products in the store are terrible – and hence why we make a brownie mix for you to make fresh at your home rather than mailing premade brownies all over. Anyway rabbit trail over.
I frankly didn’t have the highest hopes when I went to try Bobo’s Toaster Pastries, but they looked high quality, and they have nice friendly packaging. Though my one complaint about their packaging is that they don’t actually say GF on the front, which really only hurts them. It was in the GF section so I figured it would be, but didn’t confirm it until I picked it up and looked on the back. They do have the GF certified seal on the back.
When looking at their website a bit more, they are about creating tasty oat based bars and products that just so happen to be gluten free, dairy free, vegan etc. So the GF market is not their main market and that’s totally ok.
Is it worth it?
Now let’s get down to the real business you care about – how it tastes! So I got the blueberry lemon poppyseed, and they also had a strawberry option. I knew from the packaging that I was not expecting a “white flour” based experience. That was totally ok, and frankly better in my opinion. They are very much oat based, like all of their products. I was a bit concerned about flavor because they do have chick pea flour in them (which I very much detest). I could not taste it at all, though! The oatiness actually comes through as a nice breakfast-y flavor that we really enjoyed.
The filling was… fine. I wasn’t hit with some amazing flavor of lemon and blueberry, but it was enjoyable. Something that has always bothered me about poptarts is their lack of filling. It’s mostly bread with a touch of filling. This is to prevent the filling from exploding everywhere, but also sad. These are the same way.
I found them relatively enjoyable but not amazingly great. Frankly, that’s about how I feel about poptarts in general, so they fulfilled their purpose of being a gluten free poptart. They are a bit expensive as well. $2.50 at the store for 1. That adds up rather quickly if you eat them frequently. I do think that if you love poptarts and have not found a good substitute or don’t want to take the time to make your own these are a good option. Of course, a better option would be a homemade oatmeal muffin 😉
Have you tried Bobo’s Toaster Pastries, or any of their other products? Or have you found another brand of gluten free toaster pastry that you like? Let us know in the comments below or on social media!
Make it a tasty day,