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Deep Fried Pop Tarts

Deep fried Pop Tarts are a true childhood dream. A classic toaster pastry covered in pancake batter and deep fried to perfection. Did I mention they’re as easy as they are delicious? Sign me up! 

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deep fried pop tarts

What are deep fried Pop Tarts?

Deep fried pop tarts are exactly what they sound like. A deep fried version of the beloved Pop Tart. In this recipe we’re using pancake mix for the batter to make it so insanely easy. You can whip these up any time you’d like! It only takes a few steps to make these bad boys and they bring that childhood nostalgia to the next level. There are so many different ways you could go here considering there are so many different Pop Tart varieties. Grab your favourite flavour and let’s get to deep frying! 

What you need:

  • Pop Tarts of your choice
  • pancake mix 
  • eggs
  • milk 
  • oil (for frying) 
  • powdered sugar (for topping, optional) 

How to make

I honestly can’t believe how easy it is to make your own deep fried Pop Tarts at home. Start by preparing your pancake mix according to the instructions on the box. Most mixes will require eggs and milk in addition to the dry mix itself. Any pancake mix should be perfectly fine. Once the batter is done you can start dipping your Pop Tarts in. 

I chose to keep my Pop Tarts whole but you could cut them in half or even little pieces. Carefully drop the Pop Tarts into the batter and cover completely. Transfer the battered Pop Tarts to a lined baking sheet and repeat for as many as your mix will make, the mix I used made about 4. When all the Pop Tarts have been battered, put the baking sheet in the freezer for around 30 minutes. You’re looking for the batter to have firmed up and be completely adhered to the Pop Tart itself. 

Next, begin heating your oil. I chose to use vegetable oil, you can use whatever you’d like or whatever you have on hand. Add your oil to a medium sized pot or saucepan. You want to choose a pot that’s wide enough to fit at least one Pop Tart. I prefer pots that are a little smaller so that I don’t have to use a ton of oil. You’ll need to heat the oil for a few minutes before it’s ready to use for frying. This may vary depending on the size of your pot. Test the oil for readiness by dropping a tiny bit of batter into it, if it sizzles and begins to cook then it’s ready. If not, wait another minute or two and try again. 

When the oil is ready, very carefully place your battered Pop Tarts into your pot. I was only able to fit one at a time. You may be able to fit two if you’re using a larger pot but be sure not to overcrowd. Let the Pop Tarts cook for 1-2 minutes on each side. Check the underside to see if it’s ready before flipping. You want them to be a light to medium golden brown. Once both sides have been fully cooked, carefully remove the Pop Tart from the oil using a spider if you have one. Let the deep fried Pop Tarts drain on a plate lined with paper towels. 

When they have cooled for a few minutes you can add powdered sugar on top if desired. Now you’re ready to indulge in your own deep fried Pop Tarts! Such a delicious and fun dessert made so easy at home! Leave me a comment and let me know what flavours are your favourite or which you think would taste the best deep fried! 

A close up of two deep fried pop tarts in a plate with powdered sugar on top.

Can you store deep fried pop tarts?  

Unfortunately, deep fried Pop Tarts are best served right after you make them. They don’t store incredibly well since the batter tends to get pretty soggy in the fridge. I have been able to revive them a little bit with the air fryer. So if you have one, you may be able to get away with keeping them in the fridge for a couple days and refrying them that way. They won’t be exactly the same but it does get pretty close. Otherwise, this is more of an on-demand kind of dessert. 

Deep Fried Pop Tarts

Deep fried Pop Tarts are a true childhood dream. A classic toaster pastry covered in pancake batter and deep fried to perfection. Did I mention they’re as easy as they are delicious? Sign me up! 
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: deep fried desserts, deep fried pop tarts, pancake mix, pop tarts
Servings: 4 deep fried pop tarts
Author: Gianna

Ingredients

  • pancake mix or Bisquick including eggs and water or milk
  • Pop Tarts of choice
  • oil for frying
  • powdered sugar for dusting optional

Instructions

  • Prepare one serving of pancake mix according to the instructions on the box.
  • Place Pop Tarts into the mix and cover completely with batter.
  • Place battered Pop Tarts onto a baking sheet and place into the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Heat cooking oil in a deep pot on medium-high for a few minutes.
  • Use a small drop of plain batter to determine whether it is hot enough yet or not. The batter will cook if the oil is hot enough. If it has not reached that point, wait a little longer and continue testing until it is ready.
  • When the oil is ready, place 1-2 battered Pop Tarts bars into the pot. Do not overcrowd.
  • Cook for around 1 minute on the first side, flip when golden brown. Repeat for the second side and remove from the oil when cooked.
  • Let sit on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil. When cooled down, dust with powdered sugar. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Try these childhood inspired treats next:

Fruity Pebbles Matcha Latte

Fruity Pebbles French Toast

Edible Lucky Charms Cookie Dough

Lucky Charms Ice Cream

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bars with Cinnamon Roll Drizzle

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