In the process of sampling Trader Joe's pumpkin-spice toaster pastries, I discovered the existence of a non-seasonal version in cherry-pomegranate. As I wrote then, "It took about three seconds for that to go onto my shopping list. Stay tuned."
I finished eating my first pair of them about ten minutes ago, and I can tell you that it took about the same three seconds for them to hit my Top Ten list. They are that good. They are simply the best toaster pastries I've ever had.
To be sure, I love both cherry and pomegranate enough that practically anything that combines them is going to go to my happy place. But even with that high expectation in place in advance, these exceeded it. They are the platonic ideal of a toaster pastry.
I'm not the only one who deems them exceptional.
What's Good at Trader Joe's:
[T]he filling tastes like real, actual fruit instead of glucosey/corn syrupy colored sugary gunk.... I had to talk Sandy out of eating a pack on a Sunday morning when we had a lot more time AND leftover carrot cake for a sweet breakfast treat. She said something silly about really really really really liking them, but I fail to remember what that was.Bake at 350:
From the outside, it looks like something out of a commercial -- but the taste actually lives up to its looks. The pastry and icing parts are very sweet (in a good way), and they are perfectly complemented by the fruitiness of the inside filling, which has an absolutely fantastic taste! I hardly ever eat toaster pastries/pop-tarts, but I think I may start to now! Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Go buy some right now. $2.49 for a box of six. (Quibble: TJ's claims a serving size of one pastry. Oh, please. Show me even one person who eats just one at a time.)
Will I buy it again?
I'm in love. How could I not?