Happy Birthday Pop Tarts! Celebrate With These Scrumptious Homemade Versions

Toast Pop Tarts' 50th anniversary by making your own wacky and wonderful versions at home

Incredibly, Kellogg's Pop Tarts are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. We have no doubt that you, like us, have popped a pack into your toaster at some point over the years—whether it was an over-the-top flavor like Hot Fudge Sundae or a classic like Strawberry. Maybe you've even tried your own homemade version, because when a product spends 50 years on the grocery shelves, it's bound to inspire all kinds of DIY spins.

To pay our respects to the snack that's saved so many of our school lunches and post-midnight binges, we've found a nice little batch of homemade Pop Tart recipes. Some are in flavors Kellogg's doesn't offer (yet), while others are attempts to come up with a healthier version of the old classic.

Check out these promising riffs, and let us know how it goes!  


Whole Wheat Pop Tarts

100 Days of Real Food

These delicious-looking Whole Wheat Pop Tarts were created by blogger Lisa Leake, who blogs about her family's mission to cut out highly processed food. Filled with jam or jelly, these bad boys offer all the fruity goodness of the toaster version—with none of the guilt. (Not that we ever let things like "guilt" get in our way.)

Applesauce Pop Tarts

Crazy for Crust

How are Applesauce Pop Tarts not a thing already? Step up your game, Kellogg's, because Crazy For Crust is currently putting you to shame. Did we mention the applesauce is homemade? Because the applesauce is homemade. 

Healthy Strawberry Pop Tarts

Desserts With Benefits

Filled with whatever fruit paste your heart desires, these customizable healthy Pop Tarts sound (and look) scrumptious. The recipe from Desserts with Benefits yields 5-8 tarts, which is perfect because that's about how many we think we could put away in one sitting.


Vegan Berry Pop Tarts

Minimalist Baker

These Vegan Pop Tarts by Minimalist Baker sound so good— not to mention virtuous—we recommend trying them out with breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, second dinner, or a late-night snack. If that sounds a little ridiculous, we invite you to take a look back up at that picture and see if you don't change your mind.


Chocolate Fudge Pop Tarts

Half Baked Harvest

Fruit is great and all, but sometimes we like our Pop Tarts for dessert. Imagine having one of these fudgey chocolate creations from Half Baked Harvest with a glass of cold milk. BRB, we're drooling everywhere.

Drew DiSabatino is a viral writer for iVillage. Follow him on Twitter and Google+



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