Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Review: Carl's Jr. - Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich

Carl's Jr.'s Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich features vanilla ice cream between two halves of a Strawberry Pop-Tart pastry.

In case, you're not inclined to make one at home, you can pick them up at Carl's for $1.69 a piece (price in Los Angeles area).

If you've never had a Pop-Tart before, regardless of flavor, each one features a layer of sweet filling inside of a crumbly toaster pastry and usually with some frosting. The Strawberry version is filled with a very sweet thick strawberry jam. The crust reminds me a bit of the texture of a graham cracker but with less flavor.

The vanilla ice cream hits a nice balance; it's not so cold that it's hard but not too soft that it's melting all over. They really do keep it at an ideal temperature. Unfortunately, while the ice cream is cool and creamy, its flavor is largely overshadowed by the Pop-Tart's sweet strawberry notes. So much so that it felt like I was just eating a cold Pop-Tart.

Between the frosting and the filling, plus the ice cream, the Pop-Tart ice cream sandwich gets pretty sweet; too much for my liking.

Overall, Carl's Jr.'s combination of Strawberry Pop-Tart and vanilla ice cream just wasn't working for me. They were more like oil and water than peanut butter and jelly. Unlike oil and water, it's easy enough to eat, but not that enjoyable.

Nutritional Info - Carl's Jr. Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich (109g)
Calories - 320 (Calories from Fat - 100)
Fat - 11g (Saturated Fat 5g)
Sodium - 210mg
Carbs - 51g (Sugar 27g)
Protein - 4g
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