One of the best things about my childhood visits to an American Air Force base in Germany during the 1980's was the fact that I got to sample some American cultures long before they made their way to these shores.
An example being the Pop Tart.
Pastry for breakfast was something very new to me when I was staying with my relatives. My aunt would pop one of these things into their toaster and then, shortly after, I'd have a warm treat to start my day off.
I cannot remember when, but just a few years after my experience, the Pop Tart finally came out over here and - if I'm not mistaken - has been a mainstay ever since.
There was an offer on at my local supermarket the other day, so I thought I'd treat myself to a box of the strawberry flavour.
I burnt my thumb while taking one of the Pop Tarts out of the toaster a few days ago. I told a friend of mine about it and she told me she doesn't put hers in a toaster.
'Wait!' I thought, 'what kind of crazy idea is this?'
She explained that she enjoys them that way. I had never ever considered eating one that way. Until right now.
It's Sunday morning as I'm writing this post. It will go live on Monday morning. However, what I am going to do to close out is try a Pop Tart that hasn't been warmed up by a toaster.
Here is the room temperature edition of a strawberry Pop Tart in question.
Hmm. It isn't as bad as I thought it would be. I still prefer eating them the way I've always eaten them, but this way is not as unappealing as I initially believed.
Would I eat them like this again? Probably, but I won't do it regularly.