When Carl’s Jr. introduced their Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich, I immediately became irritated. It represented to me laziness that someone at Carl’s Jr. thought there was an audience for pre-made Pop-Tart sandwiches. It isn’t rocket science, people… and even though $1.49 for half a pastry with ice cream isn’t a lot, it’s a lot more satisfying to make it at home.
At most big box stores, a box of 6 Pop-Tarts runs about $1.50. Grab some premium ice cream and you have yourself a Carl’s Jr. creation. Making it at home is so much more satisfying. You get to chose your own Pop-Tart and ice cream flavor combination.
If you’re like me, one flavor of Pop-Tart isn’t enough. Why not go with two different Pop-Tarts for the top and bottom? So foregoing the strawberry and vanilla combination available at Carl’s, I opted for a peanut butter/chocolate theme. Two recently released Pop-Tart flavors (part of their ‘Go Nutty’ line) are frosted chocolate peanut butter and peanut butter. Ice cream was a no brainer. Nothing but Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter World would do. (It’s only available at Target.) The Peanut Butter World has chunks of peanut butter and chocolate cookies swirled into their decadent chocolate ice cream. I try to keep a pint in the freezer at all times in case of an emergency or in case they discontinue making it.
Separately, each one of these items is delicious… but together, it’s harmonious. More importantly, I can craft it any way I like. (I prefer lightly toasting the tarts before assembling it.)
I may go to Carl’s Jr. to check out their version but I thank them for giving me a great new dessert idea I can make at home.