@katbyter@lordbowen Maybe it’s a French-Canadian thing, but that’s how we ate them during my childhood in 70s/80s New England. It really complements the brown sugar cinnamon flavor. Butter (and bacon) makes everything better, just ask my cardiologist! Anyway, chacun à son goût, as they say.
The original question is taken directly from that Family Guy song in the link above.
Seeing it in that episode is the first time I’d ever heard of putting butter on a pop tart, by the way. I tried it after watching that, and it was…fine, kind of not really worth the effort. Most of the butter melted off the hot pop tart, so I didn’t feel it did much. vOv
Steps to a properly buttered pop-tart, assuming that you use a toaster rather than nuking them like most people under 55 would do:
– When the toaster pops them up, allow the Pop-Tarts to cool frosting-side-up until the frosting is safe to touch. (If you put them on the plate frosting-side down as soon as they pop up, you risk incurring the wrath of The One Who Does The Dishes.)
– Flip the pop-tart over, and butter the unfrosted side. Wait a short time for the butter to be absorbed. If it all vanishes immediately, you probably could add more butter.
If you nuke the pop-tart, it is usually possible (with a little practice) to find that perfect combination of time, power level, delay before retrieval when the microwave stops, and amount of butter applied to the unfrosted side that allows a perfectly anointed pastry to be immediately consumable upon extraction from the nuke. Experimentation may require several boxes of pop-tarts and a couple of sticks of butter, so keep a couple of teenagers close by if you decide to do this all in one session.
I have been told that melting half a stick of butter in a barely-big-enough frying pan on low heat, and tossing in room-temp pop-tarts to be heated and buttered all in one step, is considered the superior method of achieving this particular junk food Nirvana, but I have not tested it. If I ate pop-tarts more than two or three times per decade, I might try it.
Heating them with a weed-killing propane torch and cooling them with Reddi-Whip is gross. Don’t do it, no matter what the YouTube video guy said.
Frying Pop-Tarts in butter makes them much better. I grabbed a package of the “Peach Cobbler flavor” version recently, and tried frying them in butter this morning. Plain, they were sub-meh, whether heated or not. “Forgettable” was the nicest thing I could say about them. But fried in butter, they were actually pretty good.
So there it is. Forget the toaster or the nuke, these things belong in a skillet on the stove, with a pat of butter underneath.