When Kellogg's opened a Pop Tarts store in Times Square it received a lot of media fanfare.
The store offers a number of odd confections including Pop Tarts sushi
(crumbled Pop Tarts wrapped around a Fruit Rollup) and Ants on a Log (a
celery stalk with peanut butter and crumbled Pop Tarts mixed in).
Unsurprisingly, the backlash has already begun. In perhaps the most
positive review, The Awl said "It was like eating fridge magnets. In a good way." Pastry chef Ashton Warren
said, "It's not bad, but it's not good, either...The texture is all
wrong. You get the crunch, but there shouldn't be a crunch when you're
eating a fruit roll-up." With a damning assessment, a commenter at Serious Eats writes "I don't know how this could be so much worse than the sum of its
parts, but it was. Chalky and powdery and, frankly, vile. The extra
fruit filling, maybe? Edibility, 1-10: 0. I physically could not bring
myself to swallow."
And then there's Fox News' Shep Smith, who simply doesn't like the idea of a Pop Tarts store in Times Square: "Pop Tarts now has a store in Times Square Pop Tarts, crossroads of the world. Pop Tarts…I say we bring back the porn stores."
(Hat Tip: Gawker)