Kitchn Love Letters

These Store-Bought Pastries Have a Very Special Piece of My Heart

published Mar 24, 2022
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We are Big Snackers here at Kitchn. We love snacking, talking about snacking, and writing about snacking.

Of course, snacking looks different for everyone. So we asked four of our favorite food people to build their ultimate Kitchn Snack Capsule, featuring one recipe and some store-bought snacks. Up next: Shanika Graham-White from 
Orchids + Sweet Tea.

I didn’t realize it until now, but I guess I’m a bit of a fanatic for toaster pastries. I ate strawberry Pop-Tarts religiously when I was growing up. I remember savoring every layer — the sweet vanilla frosting with sprinkles, the buttery crust, and the delicious tart-yet-sweet filling. (It was heaven.) Now, as a professional blogger, I have developed my own recipes for a few homemade vegan versions — including a blueberry option, a strawberry one, an apricot treat, and an apple-cinnamon variety. And when Kitchn asked me to build my ultimate snack capsule, I knew, right away, that I wanted to include the Organic Frosted Strawberry Toaster Pastries from Nature’s Path.

See, they have a very special piece of my heart. For one, because they remind me of my childhood. And because they’re completely organic, use real fruit, and have no artificial flavors, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup. (It also melts my heart that my son loves them too; I’m passing on my love of toaster pastries to a whole new generation!) They’re flaky, buttery, fruity, and sweet — but not too sweet.

I turn to these pastries when I need a midday pick-me-up snack or when I want a slightly indulgent treat to kickstart my day. I like to pop them in the toaster to warm them up (they’re not called toaster pastries for nothing!) or eat them right out of the pouches when I simply can’t wait.

Check Out the Rest of Shanika Graham-White’s Snack Capsule