Have you heard about the newest dessert at Carl's Jr.? The chain most famous for their Six Dollar Cheeseburgers recently added a strawberry Pop-Tart and "hand-scooped" vanilla ice cream sandwich to the menu. It's $1.49, or free when you purchase a Super Bacon Cheeseburger combo.
The doubly sweet treat features a frozen, un-toasted strawberry pop tart with frosting and sprinkles that's cut into two pieces, with a hard, round scoop of vanilla ice cream sandwiched in the middle.
Though pre-frozen (not made to order) both the ice cream and the Pop-Tart perform well and taste great. I was expecting the ice cream to mush out the sides, or the pastry to be so hard it shattered into pieces among impact, but neither of these things happened. The ice cream was hard enough to hold its shape, and even though the Pop-Tart did break apart, it was soft and malleable enough to stick to the ice cream until the last bite.
Carl's Jr. is really on to something as far as the concept of a Pop-Tart ice cream sandwich goes, but I was really wishing the Pop-Tart was toasted, and the combination of an iced and sprinkled strawberry Pop-Tart was sugar overkill before the vanilla ice cream even entered the picture.
Instead of hitting up the drive-thru, you're better off making your own Pop-Tart and ice cream sandwich at home. Sticking with frosting-free Pop-Tarts and ice cream flavors with a bit more nuance. Those with tart, bitter, or salty elements would especially be a big improvement. Some combos I'd give a whirl include: "Gone Nutty" Peanut Butter Pop-Tarts with Ben & Jerry's Peanut Butter World ice cream; Unfrosted Blueberry Pop-Tarts with Ben & Jerry's Liz Lemon Greek frozen yogurt; or Chocolate Chip Pop-Tarts with Starbucks' Mocha Frappuccino ice cream.
About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax