REVIEW: Pillsbury Raspberry Cheesecake Toaster Strudel
This is it, guys. This is the review where all of my Junk Bantering culminates in me officially throwing in the towel on this whole “health” thing. For you see, today is the day that I finally ate cheesecake for breakfast. Introducing limited edition Pillsbury Raspberry Cheesecake Toaster Strudel!
These will be my first Pillsbury Toaster Strudels since the Pumpkin Pie Toaster Strudel that delighted my little pumpkin spice heart. I better enjoy Pillsbury Raspberry Cheesecake Toaster Strudel while I can, because it’s already April which means that the pumpkin pie ones should cycle back around in a couple of weeks. Raspberry cheesecake is a pretty random limited edition flavor, but you know my rule. If it’s limited edition, I gotta eat it. These could have been limited edition Pillsbury Poison-flavored Toaster Strudel and I would have died for you guys.
Random or not, I was admittedly excited to see this flavor. Given its status as a superfruit, I eat a good deal of raspberries in my non-Junk Banter diet and they happen to be one of my favorites. My top favorite super fruit is cheesecake, so this combo is perfect. Raspberries have had more coverage on this blog lately than you might imagine. The Valentine’s Hostess Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes made me realize how alone I am, while Ben & Jerry’s Cake My Day ice cream made me realize how fat I am. I have to assume the two are related. Time to eat some cheesecake alone for breakfast like the fat slob that I am.
Each Pillsbury Raspberry Cheesecake Toaster Strudel pastry with icing is 190 calories, 8g of fat, 26g of carbs, and 3g of protein with 10g of sugar. The ingredient list is promising – we have raspberry puree to capture raspberry, and cream cheese, straight cream, and sour cream completing the cream trifecta to capture cream cheese. My first bite from the outside was sans filling, but I’m instantly reminded how much I love the Toaster Strudel dough. It’s so flaky and airy with a pronounced butter flavor that is superior to the base in any Kellogg’s Pop Tart. The icing is a pretty sweet complement to the dough, if you see what I did there.
The raspberry filing in Pillsbury Raspberry Cheesecake Toaster Strudel tastes like, wouldn’t you know it, raspberry jam. It’s on the tart side rather than being sickly sweet, but the icing on top creates a good balance between the two. Unfortunately, I didn’t think there was nearly enough raspberry filling here to make a significant impact on each bite. I found this same issue in the Pumpkin Pie Toaster Strudel – the pastries are rather small to begin with and the best bite where all of the elements come together is confined to a tiny section in the middle. As for the cheesecake flavor? A complete miss for me. Nothing about the filling felt particularly creamy nor particularly cheesy. The two flavors here are raspberry and icing. This works well enough with the pastry dough, but it makes for something of a boring limited edition flavor and there wasn’t enough filling for me to be too high on these. For the first time in my life, I craved more cheesecake in my breakfast.
How Many Cheesecakes I Ordered After Breakfast Rating: 2 out of 10
How Good of a SuperFruit Cheesecake Is Rating: 8 out of 10
Overall Rating: 6 out of 10
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