Back in August, I shared a review of some vegan and gluten-free cookies from Brody's Bakery in Kansas City. All of their baked goods are vegan and gluten-free, and their availability is expanding around the KC-metro area, as well as their flavors.
After posting that first interview, I was asked if I'd be interested in sampling and reviewing their MockTarts, once they were perfected. How could I say no?
From their website:
Mock-Tarts -- A better breakfast pastry. Available in four delicious flavors: Fruit filled (strawberry, raspberry or blueberry), brown sugar & cinnamon, Smores, or PB & Jelly. Since our glaze is actually made from real food, you do NOT wanna put these babies in your toaster. Delicious just how they are or warmed up for a few minutes in the oven (or the microwave, if you must.) 4 for $8
I had the delicious task of sampling the strawberry mock-tarts, but I didn't want to keep this job all to myself, so I asked a couple of friends to give them a taste, as well.
"Dense and flaky in a good way."
"Very hard crust."
"Better than a Pop-Tart for sure."
"Uneven filling distribution, but the filling is really good and tastes like real strawberries."
"I would buy these over regular Pop-Tarts if they were less expensive."
The real fruit filling is definitely the star of the Mock-Tart show. It tastes like real strawberries because it IS real strawberries! I only wish that there was MORE of the filling, as it was very thin in some areas. These tarts are much heartier (and harder) than regular Pop-Tarts, which are filled with artificial everything, including ingredients that are hard to pronounce. Warming these Mock-Tarts up is vital - just 30 seconds in the microwave was plenty of time to heat them up completely. I found the unheated tarts a little too hard to bite into.
If you are anywhere in the KC-metro area (including the Kansas side), seek out some Brody's Bakery products and try them for yourselves. If you're looking for vegan, gluten-free holiday treats for later this month, they are also offering Halloween goodies (which look ADORABLE!). You can also find Brody's Bakery on facebook.