Pop-tarts are perfect snacks to serve your family and friends at any time of the day. To enjoy the pastries more, you need to heat them to achieve a crunchy crust with melted inside fillings.
A toaster is usually the traditional way that most people know of when heating up pop tarts. Today we focus on microwaving as another additional method for reheating pop tarts.
Can you Microwave Pop-tarts?
Yes. Remove the pop tarts from their original foil wrap. Place them on a microwave-safe plate and place them in the microwave. Microwave the pop-tarts at high power for 10 to 20 seconds, depending on how much you would like the insides of the pop-tarts to melt. Allow the pop-tarts to cool for a few seconds before eating or serving them to your guest.
This article contains guidelines on how to microwave pop tarts. It begins with a step-by-step procedure to guide you through the process. Followed by helpful tips to also help you when microwaving pop tarts. The article ends by answering some of the most frequently asked questions about the topic.
Step to-Step Procedure for Microwaving Pop-Tarts
The following are straightforward guidelines and requirements to heat up pop tarts in the microwave.
- pop tarts ( enough for you)
- A microwave-safe plate
Step One: Unpack the Pop-Tarts
Remove the pop tarts from their package. Usually, they are packed in a wrap made from aluminum foil. When placed in the microwave, such materials begin to glow and eventually ignite, blasting into flames.
Step two: Align the Pop-Tarts on the Microwave Safe Plate
Place the pop tarts on a microwave-safe plate. Ensure they have been evenly arranged on a single layer for proper heat distribution. Allow some spaces in between the pop tarts and do not overlap them. Let the maximum number of pop tarts microwaved at a time be four.
Step Three: Microwave the Pop-Tarts
Place the plate in the microwave and ensure it is at the center. Heat the pop tarts at high power for 10 to 20 seconds.
Step Four: Serve the Pop-Tarts
Remove the pop tarts from the microwave and break them into halves to check the inside.
Be careful not to put them in your mouth immediately after they come out of the microwave since they might be too hot.
You may make pop tarts taste better by spreading some ice cream or frosting on the sides.
Helpful Tips when Microwaving Pop-Tarts
Do not Microwave the Tarts in their Package
Pop-tarts are packed in wraps that are made of aluminum foil. Such materials cannot handle microwave heat. They either melt or may end up bursting into flames, causing serious damage. Therefore, it is important to remove pop tarts from their original package and place them on a microwave-safe plate before microwaving.
Avoid Overlapping Pop-Tarts in the Microwave
Let four be the maximum number of pop tarts you place in the microwave. It is also better to have a large flat microwavable plate. The flat plate will enable you to align the pop tarts with enough spaces in between. When pop tarts are overcrowded in the microwave, they are not evenly microwaved.
Always Use a Microwave Safe Plate or Container
Microwave safe plates or containers always have a microwave-safe symbol on them. Just like aluminum foil is dangerous to microwaves, plates made from metal or plastic materials are also not microwaved. Such plates melt or explode in the microwave due to the high amount of microwave heat.
Allow the Pop-Tarts to Cool
Avoid putting the pop tarts in your mouth immediately after they are from the microwave. Place them on the kitchen counter and allow them to cool for a minute before serving. The pop tarts fillings are extremely hot when they come out of the microwave. If you are not careful, you might burn your skin, which is why you shouldn’t give them to a child before cooling.
Microwaving Time Varies
Microwaving pop tarts takes 10 to 20 seconds. The time varies depending on the thickness of the fillings and how much you want them melted. The other most important thing that affects the cooking time is the microwave’s wattage. For instance, an 800-wattage microwave will warm up the pop tarts’ fillings in just 10 seconds. If 10 more seconds are added, the entire internal pop tart’s fillings will melt.
1. Are pop tarts better toasted or microwaved?
As much as pop tarts can be microwaved, they taste better when heated in a toaster. A toaster will give you crunchier crust with great melted inner fillings.
It is also safer since it is being heated on the outside and can easily be monitored. Finally, the toaster is almost as fast as a microwave.
2. How do you heat up pop tarts?
There are two ways to heat up pop tarts, and they include the use of a microwave or a toaster. Suppose you consider using a microwave: remove the pop tarts from their package and place them on a microwave-safe plate.
Ensure the tarts are not overcrowded or pilling up. Place them in the microwave and heat for 10 to 20 seconds, depending on how much warmth you want. Allow the pop tarts to cool first before serving.
If you go for a toaster, place the pop tarts in the toaster vertically. Heat the pop tarts for 1 to 2 minutes at low heat. When ready, transfer the pop tarts to a plate and allow them to cool for a minute.
3. Can you microwave pop-tarts in the wrapper?
No, you cannot microwave pop-tarts in their wrappers. The wraps are made of aluminum foil materials. When microwaving, an electric field is formed in the microwave, which causes electric charges to flow through the aluminum foil.
Since aluminum foil is made of thin metal-like materials, the electric charges become unbearable for it. Eventually, the aluminum foil is overwhelmed, causing it to burst into flames. Serious damages like a broken microwave might be experienced.
4. How do you heat up pop tarts without a toaster?
Heating up pop tarts without a toaster requires a microwave. First, remove the pop tarts from their package and place them on a microwave-safe plate.
Place the plate in the microwave and heat it for 10 to 20 seconds. Remove the pop tarts from the microwave and let them sit on the kitchen counter for about a minute before eating.
5. Are pop tarts meant to be toasted?
Yes, pop tarts are perfect when toasted. They give you a perfect crunchier texture on the outside and with great melted inner fillings.
Remove the pop tarts from their package and horizontally place them in the toaster. At lower power, heat the pop tarts for 1 to 2 minutes, depending on the make of your toaster.
Carefully remove the pop tarts from the toaster and place them on a plate when they are ready. Allow the pop tarts to cool first before eating.
6. Can you put a pop tart in the toaster?
Yes, you can put a pop tart in the toaster. It may not be the fastest method to reheat, but it is the perfect method to give you the best pop tarts. Place the pop tarts in the toaster vertically. Heat the pop tarts in the toaster for 1 to 2 minutes at low heat.
When ready, transfer the pop tarts to a plate and allow them to cool for a minute before eating. Ensure not to use a metallic spoon or fork when removing the pop tart from the toaster to a plate since metallic materials are good conductors of electricity and may be electrocuted. Check out also this article on how to toast bread in the microwave.
7. Are pop tarts healthy?
Pop-tarts are healthy when consumed in smaller quantities. They contain little protein and fiber that contribute to your body cells and prevent you from experiencing digestive issues.
However, due to the high sugar content in the pop tarts, they can be quite harmful to your health when consumed in high quantities. Therefore, it is advisable to enjoy pop tarts snacks in small quantities once in a while.
8. Why are pop tarts wrapped in foil?
Pop-tarts are wrapped in aluminum foil to preserve them for a longer time. When pop tarts are exposed to air, they immediately begin to change and absorb moisture from the air around them.
After a while, and they will no longer be crunchy. They also begin to lose their flavor to the surrounding. Therefore aluminum wraps protect pop tarts from the external environment that causes damage to their texture and taste.
9. How long should you toast pop tarts?
Pop-tarts toast for 1 to 2 minutes, depending on the make of your toaster. The time is also determined by how thick the internal fillings are and how much you wish to melt them.
To toast pop tarts, remove them from their park and place them in the toaster horizontally. Begin to heat the pop tarts with low heat for 1 to 2 minutes.
Remove them from the toaster and place them on a plate. Allow the pop tarts to cool for about 3 seconds before you eat.
10. How do you make pop-tarts taste better?
There are different ways to make pop-tarts taste better. You may begin by heating it either in a toaster or a microwave.
Heating pop tarts to enhance its taste and flavor. The other way to make pop tarts tastes better is by spreading some ice cream or frosting on the sides.
11. What do frozen pop-tarts taste like?
Frozen pop tarts taste like their flavors. For instance, pop tarts made with chocolate or cream flavors will always have an ice cream taste when frozen.
Even those made with strawberry and cinnamon flavors will taste like strawberry and cinnamon when frozen.
In conclusion, same as a toaster, a microwave can also heat up a pop tarts. Of the two methods, a microwave is the fastest method. In just a few seconds, the pop tarts will be ready. It will all depend on the thickness of the internal filings of the pop tarts and the type of microwave you own.
However, proper care should be taken after microwaving the pop tarts. Allow them to cool for about a minute before you eat to protect your skin from burns.
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