Review: Frosted Orange Crush Pop-Tarts & Do You Say Orange Crush or Crush Orange?

JFG Nation, let’s just get into this. I know you guys are itching to start the weekend. ME TOO! How many pizzas can I eat this weekend? We shall see.

Today’s junk food: Frosted Orange Crush Pop-Tarts!!

Frosted Orange Crush Pop-Tarts: The Money Shot

Frosted Orange Crush Pop-Tarts: The Money Shot

These Frosted Orange Crush Pop-Tarts have been all over social media, and apparently have been super polarizing. You either love these or you think they are an abomination. I myself said NOT when discussing these over on The Nosh Show. The reason? Who wants hot soda flavor? Not me.

By the way, can I get agreement that this box is a total fail when it comes to snack title? What am I reading here? “FROSTED CRUSH ORANGE CRUSH ORANGE.” What?? Plus, am I the only one who calls the soda “Orange Crush” and not “Crush Orange?” Let me know in the comments below.

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You can toast these Frosted Orange Crush Pop-Tarts or you can nuke them for three seconds. Which, incidentally, DOES NOTHING.

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Frosted Orange Crush Pop-Tarts smelled orange-y from the get go. They looked sort of ridiculous – that orange swirl was obviously too bright to be natural. Still I couldn’t think of any better design alternatives – a bright orange-only frosting would’ve been overkill.

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The inside of these Frosted Orange Crush Pop-Tarts was BRIGHT ORANGE and looked like grainy translucent deep orange jelly. I took a bite —– super orange-y. Tart. Very sweet. And….hmmm….good?

At the outset, let me say this. As I chewed the untoasted Pop-Tart, I realized that you really have to be a certain type of person to like these Pop-Tarts, which is probably why they are so polarizing. I am the type of person where I LOVE sour, tart, fruit flavor. Given the choice between fruit dessert and chocolate dessert, I go for fruit; e.g. I will gravitate towards lemon squares, key lime pie, Meyer lemon tart before I go for S’mores, red velvet, chocolate lava. I am the type who will make himself sick by eating endless Sour Patch Kids because Sour Patch Kids are great and I love pucker and sour sugar.

That is why, at first bite, these Pop-Tarts didn’t horrify me. The orange flavor was tart and bright and super-orange-y, like an orange version of a lemon square. Very tart. Actually sort of covered up the flavor of the untoasted pastry dough, which if never really experienced in a Pop-Tart before. I dug it.

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I toasted one of the Frosted Orange Crush Pop-Tarts to see if made any difference. Aroma wise, a little – smelled like a toasted Pop-Tart, with that familiar toaster pastry smell. A bit of orange.

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I bit into a toasted Frosted Orange Crush Pop-Tart and…I loved it. I wanted to hate it. I did. It’s more fun to hate. But I can’t. I loved it.

It tasted like the best parts of what I love about hot lemon squares or Meyer lemon tart, just with a citrus-y orange flavor. VERY sweet – the innards were no longer grainy, having melted into a pure sugar goo. SUPER sweet, like I was eating melted orange Sour Patch Kids. But when eaten with the toasted Pop-Tart crust, I REALLY enjoyed it.

Did these taste like the soda? I guess – it did have that over the top orange sugar flavor. But the tart/sour really set it apart and surprised me. Where previously I objected to hot citrus flavor, I might’ve been wrong all along. Do the Pink Lemonade Pop-Tarts taste like lemon squares? I may need to get those.

Verdict: I shockingly enjoyed these. I can see why people don’t like them. I am not one of those people. If your palate is like mine, GO FOR THESE.

PURCHASED AT: Walmart, Germantown, MD

COST: $3.68

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Sincerely,

The JFG

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Discuss - 11 Comments

  1. Shorneys says:

    I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush.

  2. Anne Sutton says:

    “didn’t horrify” I think you meant. They look gross. I can’t get into this at all. I do say Orange Crush too though.

  3. beeb says:

    orange crush

    Course I’m from the south where Coke rules….and it’s coke for everything (then you say Sprite, or whatever flavor).

    I think Coke bought Fanta…which has grape, orange

  4. Jimmy James says:

    Oh damn, it actually IS “Crush Orange”. Like you, I’ve been saying “Orange/Grape Crush”.

  5. Technosquid says:

    Older cans did say the flavor above the brand, but at some point they did start putting the flavor below the brand. I guess nobody really notices the weirdness until they write it out on a single line, like Crush™ Orange.

  6. Cliff Cherry says:

    Haven’t found these yet locally (northern NJ) but my quest will continue. Thanks for the review; sounds worth a try. And agreed I was thrown by the press releases & such calling it Crush Orange, but I guess that’s the “official” name now although everyone I know calls it Orange Crush. A Pop Tart by any name still NOM!

  7. Mary Patricia Bachman says:

    These taste exactly like the glucose syrup you have to drink if you’re being tested for gestational diabetes. Read into what you want.

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