As a kid, grape was one of those flavors that was pretty “meh” to me. I preferred the red flavors of cherry, strawberry, and tropical punch, followed up by orange and then blue. We’re going to call it blue, because let’s be honest, it doesn’t taste anything like a blueberry.
Grape was one of those flavors I’d gladly accept, but I was never going to reach for a Jolly Rancher out of someone’s hand. Then again, it was much better than watermelon. How people eat those I will never understand. And while I’m on the topic, damn you Jolly Rancher for making them look so much like cherry.
Okay, back to grape.
For some reason, a few years ago, my middle-aged taste buds began to change, and I found myself really liking grape. Cherry flavors began tasting a bit too much like cough syrup at times, but I enjoyed the refreshing notes of grape. So, I began reaching for grape. Grape Hi-Chews, grape sodas, grape gum, and so forth.
A few months ago, I saw that grape Pop-Tarts were showing up on Walmart’s shelves. I was intrigued! I never thought about making a grape Poptart before. I must try this new flavor! Then I realized, it wasn’t new at all.
I decided to wait until breakfast to enjoy my first grape Poptart. I eat them cold, straight from the pack, and I got to say, it was pretty darn good. It was a bit richer than I was expecting, but the grape taste was sweet, delicious, and reminded me a bit of grape jelly, which is the one grape flavor I have enjoyed since my youth.
Will I continue to by grape Poptarts? Yea, I think I will. I don’t think I like them better than strawberry but I do like them. They will make for a great companion Poptart to break up the strawberry at least until the newness wears off and Poptart decides to retire the flavor again for a few years.