How many of you remember if that yummy breakfast pastry you had at Joe's was a Pop Tart or a Toaster Strudel? Diffen will not just help you remember, we will even help you decide which one you want to make your favorite.

Pop tarts are pre-baked breakfast pastries with different flavored fillings inside. They can be consumed fresh from the packet or heated in toasters for one heating cycle, and have an inner foil packet of two for added freshness.

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Nutritional Information per piece Calories: 200 Total Fat: 5g Saturated fat: 3g Cholesterol: 0g Carbohydrates: 37g Dietary Fibers: 1g Sugars: 20g Protein 3g Calories: 190 Total Fat: 9g Saturated fat: 3.5g Cholesterol: 5mg Carbohydrates: 25g Dietary Fibers: 1g Sugars: 9g Protein 3g
Average Price $2.18 for an 8 piece box (14.7oz). $3.87 for a 12 pastry box (23oz).
Method of Consumption Minimal toasting recommended, although not required. Should be heated until golden brown.
Introduction Pop-Tarts is a brand of flat, rectangular, ready to eat pre-baked breakfast pastries. Toaster Strudel is a brand of frozen breakfast pastries that need to be heated before consumption and contains icing for top layering.
Type Breakfast pastry Breakfast pastry
Current owner Kellogg Company Pillsbury
Country of origin United States United States
Introduced 1967 1985
Flavors Apple, Strawberry, Raspberry etc. Available with frostings and prints as well. Cream Cheese and Strawberry, Apple, Apple Cream and more.
Storage Can be stored at room temperature. No need for refrigeration. Must stay frozen until ready for consumption. Leaving it outside for over 12 hours may make it unfit for consumption.
Strawberry Pop Tart with filling
Strawberry Pop Tart with filling

Toaster Strudels are frozen pastries that need to be heated in toaster ovens before being consumed. They come with separate icing packets to be poured once the strudels are ready for consumption.


Pop Tarts come in over 50 flavors. They were initially sold in only four - Strawberry, Blueberry, Brown Sugar Cinnamon, and Apple Currant but now can be found in favorites like S’mores, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Chocolate etc. To appeal to a wider audience, Pop Tart manufacturers introduced frostings, printed messages, limited edition flavors and whole grain tarts as well.

Toaster Strudel with icing
Toaster Strudel with icing

Toaster Strudels have limited flavors and include those fillings that are most popular with U.S. consumers. They have Cream Cheese and Strawberry, Apple, Apple Cream Danish, Blueberry, Cinnamon, Cherry and Raspberries amongst a few. They have a list of discontinued flavors as well that include French toast, Chocolate Fudge, Watermelon and Kiwi Strawberry.

Heating and Serving

While Pop Tarts could be consumed without heating, they taste best when toasted for a minimum heating cycle - even with the frosting, as it won’t melt with the heat. However, if the Pop Tarts are left to heat for long, the filling in them can become excessively hot and cause burns.

Toaster Strudels come frozen, and need to stay frozen till they are popped into the toaster to be consumed. They should be toasted until golden brown, and served with the option of icing from a separate inner pack for taste.


Pop Tarts can be stored anywhere in the house at room temperature.

Toaster Strudels need to be in the freezer till they’re ready to be consumed. If they are left outside for over 12 hours, they can be deemed unfit for consumption.


Pop Tarts are manufactured by the Kellogg Company.

Toaster Strudels are manufactured by Pillsbury.

Nutritional Information

Pop Tarts have 200 Calories, 5g of total fat, 3g of saturated fat, 0g of cholesterol, 37g of carbohydrates, 1g of dietary fibers, 20g of sugar and 3g of protein in one piece that weighs 52gms.

Toaster Strudels, on the other hand, have 190 Calories, 9g of total fat, 3.5g of saturated fat, 5mg of cholesterol, 25g of carbohydrates, 1g of dietary fibers, 9g of sugar and 3g of protein in one piece that weighs 54gms.


At Wal-Mart, an 8 pack of frosted Pop Tarts (14.7oz) costs $2.18. (14.8 cents/oz)

At Wal-Mart, a pack of frozen toaster strudels with 12 pastries (23oz) costs $3.87. (16.8 cents/oz)

Prices may differ according to quantity and flavor


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