Can You Microwave Pop-Tarts?

You are used to eating your Pop-Tarts straight out of the package and then enjoying them for a few minutes.

You might have wondered, though, “Why can’t I just microwave these?

The good news is that you can, and it doesn’t take very long. Pop-Tarts are pre-baked so you don’t have to cook them, it’s one of the best things about them.

A regular microwave will give you a nice warm one if you don’t overload it, but if you have a microwave you can get a crisper Pop-Tart.

Pop-Tarts do not burst like other filled foods, which is a good thing. If put in the microwave, anything in a pocket, a shell, or a casing will open.

Pop-Tarts don’t…pop. Before we get into how to, let’s discuss an important question about Pop-Tarts.


Is It Possible To Microwave Pop-Tarts in the Wrapper? 

No! No! No! Don’t do this. The Pop-Tart wrapper is made from plastic and metal.

You would have a broken microwave if you put Pop-Tart and no Pop-Tart into it and it may cause sparks also.

There is a misconception that the wrapping doesn’t have metal and that it is safe.

There are still trace amounts of metal in the wrapper to improve shelf life and prevent oxidation.

Is It Possible To Microwave Pop-Tarts in the Wrapper Microwave?

Our tests found that pop tarts are suitable for the microwave, even though the recommended method of heating them is in the toaster.

When you are satisfied with the temperature of the pastries, heat them out of their wrapper for three seconds.

If you cook the filling for too long, it will get very hot and you should use caution when eating.

The creator of Pop-Tarts doesn’t seem to have a common opinion on the issue. 3 seconds in the microwave are recommended by their packaging in North America.

This is only a short amount of time. We don’t know if this advice is provided to avoid legal suits related to customer burns.

In other parts of the world, like Australia, they are not taking any chances. They will tell you not to microwave the pop tarts.

How to Heat Pop Tarts in the Microwave?

Follow these instructions:

  • Pop Tarts can be put on a microwave-safe plate if they are removed from the foil packaging. If you don’t remove the packaging, a small fire could turn into a big fire.
  • It is recommended that the plate be placed in the middle of the microwave and heated for 3 seconds. Continue heating in 5-second bursts until you can feel the temperature is warm, once you realize this is too short.
  • Remove the pastry and slice it in half to check the internal temperature. This is where you have to be careful not to burn yourself.

Safety Instructions

Pop Tarts can get hot inside even when they are not hot on the outside.

We strongly advise against heating Pop Tarts in the microwave and giving them to children or anyone that won’t take caution. Before they eat, allow them to cool down a bit.

Alternative Method

The teepee method can be used if you want to heat 3 or more Pop-Tarts.

The only difference between the above steps and the one below is that you position the tarts against each other like teepees.

They should be positioned vertically to keep them off of the plate. It won’t crisp them outside, but it will help to prevent them from getting wet.

How Can I Cook Pop Tarts in the Toaster?

  • The Pop Tarts need to be removed from their pouch. If you only want one, you can keep the other in a zip-lock bag.
  • Add the tarts vertically and adjust to the lowest setting. It should take 1-2 minutes to heat up.
  • Pick up the Pop Tarts and then transfer them to the plate. Don’t use a fork, knife, or metal object to get food out of a toaster.

How Can I Eat Pop Tarts?

Pop Tarts can be eaten on their own or used as a substitution for Graham Crackers when making s’mores.

They can be blended into a smoothie and crumbled over desserts. If you want to make an ice cream sandwich, wedge the ice cream between two Pop-Tarts.


Are Pop Tarts Supposed to Be Toasted?

Pop Tarts are suitable for toasting or eating straight from the bag because they are already cooked. Some people like to eat Pop Tarts directly from the freezer.

Where Can I Buy Pop-Tarts?

Most grocery stores and large retailers such as Target and Walmart have Pop-Tarts. They are readily available from online stores like Amazon if you have trouble finding them in a store.

Does the Frosting Melt When You Toast Pop Tarts?

The Pop-Tarts frosting is made to be cooked in toast so that it won’t melt or run. If it is cooked too long, it will get very hot, so take care.

How to Store Pop Tarts?

Pop Tarts can be stored in the pantry for up to six months. They will last 7-14 days before they lose their quality once opened.

Pop Tarts can be frozen in bags or containers that are freezer-proof.



Pop Tarts are filled with fruit jam or brown sugar and are great for breakfast or midday snacks.

They can be enjoyed straight from the package, but warming in the microwave improves the result.

They do taste better when warmed up, and the microwave is a great way to quickly heat Pop-Tarts. Follow the simple steps mentioned here to reheat your pop tarts.

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