the queen of (pop)tarts January 16, 2011

Remember PopTarts, those processed and frosted childhood treats that snuck into most of our breakfasts & lunchboxes? Most of us had more than our fair share of them growing up. Candice Reynolds, however, did not. Raised in a family where everyone cooked with natural ingredients and even things like BBQ sauce were made from scratch, she never saw the appeal of packaged treats as a child. She translated that history of wholesome ingredients and culinary ability into a culinary career – Reynolds has worked at such high-end restaurants as Rathbun’s. It was during her time at Bold American Catering Company, where she has worked for several years, that a discussion about pop tart ice cream sandwiches (!!!) made her step back & think she could make a better, healthier version of the stuffed snacks. Last September, Red Queen Tarts was born.

No ingredient is too insignificant to be locally sourced and of the highest quality – fruits come from as close-by as possible. Heirloom organic whole wheat is milled for flour as Reynolds orders it. Her tarts are sweetened with evaporated cane juice and raw sugar – nothing bleached or processed. The flavors and fillings for these pocket tarts change regularly with the season – Lemon Blueberry, Port Poached Pear and Ruby Red Marmalade (my personal favorite – the tart jam with the sweet pastry & crunchy sugar on top. Trust me on this one.) are currently in the rotation. She’s even managed to find a local source for her Hazelnut Chocolate filling – we’re talking homemade Nutella, folks.  Each of these treats is individually and elegantly packaged. Currently sold in boxes of 6 for $19, they can be ordered by contacting Candice at (770) 789-5258 or via email at redqueentarts@gmail.com. You can also keep up with news and current flavors on the Red Queen Tarts FB page. For those not close enough for local delivery, Reynolds will ship anywhere in the US and Canada.

Comments

Dayle Moses Jan 17, 2011 01:01 am

looks completely delicious! Very tasty. Dayle

gayle Jan 17, 2011 08:01 am

YUMMMY! Makes my mouth water just thinking about these! Gayle

John Adcox Jan 17, 2011 09:01 am

Wow, looks yummy!

Laura @ Sprint2theTable Jan 17, 2011 09:01 am

Now I have an odd pop-tart craving for breakfast… :)

I’ve been meaning to attempt to make these for months, but these look so good I may just order them!

Holli Jan 17, 2011 04:01 pm

Oh wow!! Sounds so delightfully good….

kelro Jan 17, 2011 04:01 pm

Yikes! Pop tart ice cream sandwiches.!!! Super yum.
That photo looks amazing too, nice job as always. May order an assortment just to try. Breakfast for a week!

The Teacher Cooks Jan 18, 2011 03:01 pm

They do look delicious. Much better choice than the cardboard looking ones most of my students buy in the vending machines at school.

Wendy Jan 18, 2011 05:01 pm

So awesome! Thanks for letting us know about this great local foodie treat!

Aleta Jan 19, 2011 07:01 pm

You got me on homemade Nutella. I’ve tried several approaches that promised a good spread and they all fell short. Flavor was good but the texture was gritty. These do look great.

Amelia from Z Tasty Life Jan 20, 2011 12:01 pm

homemade Nutella in a crispy sweet short crust??? sign me up :)

Cookin' Canuck Jan 21, 2011 03:01 pm

Homemade Nutella…those are like words sung by angels. Seriously, these are the kind of Pop-Tarts I can consider giving to my kids.

annie@butterybooks Jan 21, 2011 11:01 pm

ooohhhh! Be still my heart!

Paula - bell'alimento Jan 24, 2011 11:01 am

I’d like a dozen please. Those are seriously the best looking homemade pop tarts I have seen. Gaw-geous! & Yes, you know I’d like the hazelnut chocolate ones ; ) Mwah! I <3'd <3'd <3'd seeing you this weekend. Can't wait for May! xoxo

Suzanne Jan 28, 2011 07:01 pm

These look so delicious! I love all the wonderful flavors they come in!

Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul Feb 4, 2011 11:02 pm

I wish I still lived in Atlanta just so I could easily access these tarts! I’m hoping she’ll make sweet potato tarts soon :)