Special K Fruit Crisps are a new "pop tart like" offering from the Special K brand. There are quite a few different names for these types of pastries - there's Pop Tarts, which is actually a brand name, toaster pops (like Amy's Organic Toaster Pops), toaster pastries (Nature's Path Organic Frosted Strawberry Toaster Pastries and Fiber One Strawberry Toaster Pastries) and toaster tarts (Health Valley Organic Red Cherry Toaster Tarts) - at least those are the names I know of. Whatever you call 'em, they are pretty much the same thing - a pastry crust on the outside and a fruity sugary filled inside.
I picked up a box of the Special K Strawberry Fruit Crisp for $2.79 at Target and when I got home I ripped open a package and took a bite. My mom immediately asked me if I should have heated it in the toaster - the answer is no - these were good even without being heated. They look remarkably like a thin, skinny Pop-tart! These thin bars possess a crispy, crunchy texture comparable to a cookie/cracker hybrid. A thin layer of strawberry jam filling adds a perfectly sweet gooiness. When the crispy base combines with the thin, yet delightful layer of strawberry sweetness, visions of shortbread cookies comes to mind.
Each 52 gram serving of Special K Strawberry Fruit Crisps is 2 pastries (52 grams) which provides 100 calories from 2 grams of total fat, less than 1 gram of fiber and protein and 7 grams of sugars. It may seem like Fiber One Strawberry Toaster Pastries) for example have more calories and sugar - but 1 Fiber One pastry weighs 2x BOTH the Special K pastries. So Special K has basically cut the calories (and sugar) in half by giving you half the amount of other brands.
The ingredient list could be shorter and contains the dreaded partially hydrogenated oils. I would say that these were a home run coming out of the Special K kitchens. I am not a hard core follower of Special K, mostly because I would like to see more wholesome ingredient lists accompanying their products, however, their new Fruit Crisps are really delicious. They don't offer much in the way of nutrients, but I think about it this way - I feel more satisfied eating 2 pastries while sipping some tea, than trying to eat half of a Fiber One Toaster pastry and putting away the other half - that will probably never happen.
So if you need a little help with portion control of your sweet treats, then try these babies the next time you're out grocery shopping.