Pop-tarts took the United States by storm in November 1964, and it is a love affair between Pop Tarts and consumers that has endured decades.
The original flavors were strawberry, cinnamon sugar, blueberry, and apple currant. Yes, apple currant. Over the years, I have raised an eyebrow at some of the limited flavors (orange cream, for example) and have shed a tear over some favorite discontinued Pop Tarts.
There have been over 50 discontinued flavors since 1964. We’ve taken a moment to honor some of the best and, in our opinion, a few of the worst discontinued Pop Tart flavors.
Frosted Grape Pop-Tarts
The frosted grape Pop Tart with its white icing and pastel purple sprinkles was a love-or-hate flavor.
The grape jelly-filled confection was introduced as a limited edition but has re-emerged more than once over the years.
It tasted like a jelly sandwich, making it the perfect snack for grumbling tummies.
For those that like grape jelly, the taste is spot on. It was over-the-top sweet for me, and the sweetness multiplied when toasted.
Dutch Apple Pop-Tarts
Apple filling is a popular ingredient in all types of pastries, and Pop Tarts are no different.
We’ve been subjected to American Apple Pie flavor, Crisp Apple flavor, Apple Fritter flavor, and my favorite – the Dutch Apple Pop Tart.
This iconic Pop-Tart flavor was one of three official toaster pastries of the 1984 Olympics.
Rich apple filling tucked between those layers of heavy, cookie-like pastry and topped with white icing and streusel sprinkles.
These Pop Tarts smelled and tasted like heaven straight from the toaster.
Frosted Chocolate Vanilla Crème Pop-Tarts
The discontinuation of the Chocolate Vanilla Creme Pop Tart is a travesty.
A go-to favorite for decades, I’d nibble off the edges and then separate the two chocolate layers to make it last longer.
The white icing with its chocolate and vanilla sprinkles smeared over chocolate pastry that was filled with more incredible vanilla filling was excellent whether straight out of that silver, crinkly wrapper or the toaster.
Strawberry Cheese Danish Pop-Tarts
This was an excellent idea for those that want a grab-and-go breakfast pastry without the mess.
Who doesn’t love a hunk of strawberry cream cheese danish? The cream cheese filling was hit or miss and getting a fresh box was crucial.
The tops of this Pop Tart sported interwoven drizzles of pink and white icing, acting as a cover for the strawberry and cream cheese filling that was hidden beneath.
A delicious treat when warmed and paired with a mug of coffee.
Wild! Watermelon Pop-Tarts
The Wild! Watermelon Pop Tart wandered down the same path as sticky watermelon lip gloss from days gone by.
The bright pink layer of frosting with bright green drizzles hid the Smucker’s watermelon filling trapped inside, and for a good reason.
This was one pretty pastry, but that first bite – whether toasted or cold – left one reaching for milk to wash it down.
Unsuspecting consumers were treated to a strange flavor that didn’t belong in a toaster pastry.
Mint Chocolate Chip Pop-Tarts
The mint chocolate filling was spread between chocolate pastry that sported white and green icing with chocolate sprinkles.
An odd flavor for a toaster pastry that ended up being a favorite of young and old alike when popped into the…FREEZER.
Like the wildly popular ice cream or my favorite Girl Scout cookie, mint chocolate Pop Tarts taste best when ice cold.
Ice Berry Blast Pop-Tarts
Marketed in conjunction with Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, this blue raspberry pop tart was geared toward littler folks.
With the sweet taste and blue color left on your lips and tongue, it was a hard Pop-Tart to sneak eat.
Bright blue raspberry icing was sandwiched between the pastries and topped with light blue frosting decorated with red and white sprinkles.
Those sprinkles might have been snowflakes and acorns, but there is no confirmation.
Hot Chocolate Pop-Tarts
Not to be confused with marshmallow hot chocolate Pop Tarts, the hot chocolate Pop Tart featured a graham cracker flavored pastry filled with hot chocolate flavored filling with tiny white marshmallow flavored flecks, chocolate frosting, and a white icing drizzle.
Delicious when warmed, these are another Pop Tart flavor that was exceptional when frozen.
Hot Fudge Sundae Pop-Tarts
Due to popular demand, this flavor keeps reappearing on grocery store shelves across the country.
A chocolate crust with delicious vanilla filling, topped with white icing and multi-colored sprinkles, is like a party in your mouth on the first bite.
Delicious right out of the box or toasted, there is no wrong time to eat these and no age limit.
If it weren’t for the colored sprinkles, this could pass for the beloved Chocolate Vanilla Creme pop tart.
French Toast Pop-Tarts
Heaven could be held in your hand with this delicious Pop Tart.
One of the few Pop Tarts without frosting, this delightful treat defined the meaning of delicious when warmed.
It even resembled french toast with its textured top and spots of cinnamon.
With filling that tasted like maple syrup and a crunchy cinnamon-sugar topping, this Pop Tart was a favorite for breakfast on the go and late-night snacks.
- Frosted Grape Pop-Tarts
- Dutch Apple Pop-Tarts
- Frosted Chocolate Vanilla Crème Pop-Tarts
- Strawberry Cheese Danish Pop-Tarts
- Wild! Watermelon Pop-Tarts
- Mint Chocolate Chip Pop-Tarts
- Ice Berry Blast Pop-Tarts
- Hot Chocolate Pop-Tarts
- Hot Fudge Sundae Pop-Tarts
- French Toast Pop-Tarts
In this article, we’ve wandered down memory lane with Pop Tarts of the past.
From delicious concoctions best warmed, such as the French Toast Pop Tart or the Dutch Apple Pop Tart to the amazing when frozen Mint Chocolate Pop Tart, whatever your favorite discontinued Pop Tart might be, I’m right with you when I wistfully remember them.
Who knows? With enough demand, maybe your favorite or mine will make a reappearance, even if only for a limited time.