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How long can you put a Pop Tart in the microwave?

Pop Tarts are a popular breakfast pastry that can be toasted or microwaved for a quick on-the-go meal. But how long can you actually microwave a Pop Tart before it gets too hot or overcooked? Here is a comprehensive guide to microwaving Pop Tarts, including recommended times, tips, and safety information.

The Basics of Microwaving Pop Tarts

The standard instructions on a Pop Tart box recommend microwaving one pastry on high for 3 seconds. This short heating time is just meant to take the chill off a refrigerated pastry and allow the frosting to melt slightly.

For a more thoroughly warmed and toasted Pop Tart, most people microwave them for 10 to 30 seconds. The exact microwaving time depends on your microwave wattage and personal preference.

Keep in mind that microwave ovens vary in power. A lower wattage microwave may take longer to warm a Pop Tart than a higher wattage model. Refer to your microwave manual to find out its wattage if you are unsure.

Recommended Microwaving Times

Here are general microwaving guidelines based on microwave wattage:

Microwave Wattage Microwaving Time
1000 watts 10-15 seconds
850 watts 15 seconds
700 watts 20 seconds
600 watts 25 seconds

For a microwave 1100 watts or higher, start with 10 seconds and add 5 seconds at a time until the Pop Tart is warmed to your liking. For lower wattage microwaves under 600 watts, begin with 25-30 seconds and add time as needed.

Microwaving Multiple Pop Tarts

If microwaving two Pop Tarts at once, add a few extra seconds to the recommended times above. For example, for two Pop Tarts in a 1000 watt microwave, start with 15 seconds instead of 10 seconds.

Since the pastries will be stacked, the microwaves need a bit more time to fully penetrate and heat the top and bottom Pop Tart. Monitor closely and add small increments of time if needed.

Microwaving a Frozen Pop Tart

For best results, do not microwave a Pop Tart directly from the freezer. Let it thaw for 1-2 minutes at room temperature or heat it using the “defrost” setting on your microwave first.

If you are in a rush, use the defrost setting for 30 seconds to 1 minute before microwaving. Or, microwave a frozen Pop Tart for short 10 second intervals, flipping it over between each, until thawed and warm.

Microwaving a frozen Pop Tart at full power can result in hot spots, cracking, or uneven cooking.

Tips for Microwaving Pop Tarts

Wrapping in a Paper Towel

For more even heating, try wrapping the Pop Tart in a paper towel or paper napkin before microwaving. The paper will help absorb excess moisture and prevent sogginess.

Flipping Halfway Through

If microwaving for longer than 15 seconds, flip the Pop Tart over about halfway through. This helps prevent overcooking the top or bottom.

Allowing Cooldown Time

Pop Tarts retain heat very well. Let a microwaved Pop Tart sit for 30 seconds before handling so you don’t burn your mouth.

Checking for Hot Spots

Due to their uneven shape, Pop Tarts can develop hot spots in the microwave. Check for any burning or overly browned areas before eating.

Using a Microwave Cover

Covering your Pop Tart while microwaving traps the heat and steam to help evenly cook the surface.

How to Tell When a Pop Tart is Overcooked

It’s easy to overdo it when microwaving Pop Tarts. Signs your Pop Tart might be overcooked include:

  • Burnt or blackened areas
  • Hard, cracked, or dried out pastry
  • Melted or bubbling frosting
  • Smoke coming from microwave

If your Pop Tart seems overdone, stop microwaving. Scrap off any burnt parts and avoid eating areas that seem dried out or taste burnt.

Microwaving Risks and Safety Tips

Fire Hazard

Microwaving any food too long can pose a fire hazard. Stay near the microwave and listen for signs of burning. Keep the microwave door closed and turn it off immediately if you see smoke.

Hot Filling

The filling inside a Pop Tart can get extremely hot, even when the pastry still seems cool. Let Pop Tarts cool before eating to avoid scalding your mouth.

Prepared on a Plate

Heat Pop Tarts directly on a microwave safe plate or napkin. Don’t microwave them while they are still inside the foil packet.

Caution with Fillings

The sweet fillings in Pop Tarts can bubble, melt and ooze when overheated. Microwave unfrosted, unfilled varieties more cautiously.

Troubleshooting Problems

Uneven Cooking

If parts of your Pop Tart seem undercooked while other parts are overdone, try microwaving it for less time, flipping it over midway, or using a lower power setting.

Rubbery or Chewy Texture

Overmicrowaving can make the pastry tough and rubbery. Use brief timed intervals instead of one long continuous microwaving.

Soggy Pop Tart

For a crispier texture, wrap the Pop Tart in a paper towel when microwaving to absorb excess moisture. Or, microwave unfrosted varieties which won’t get soggy from melting frosting.

Storing Leftover Microwaved Pop Tarts

If you don’t eat a whole microwaved Pop Tart right away, store it safely for later.

Let the Pop Tart cool completely, then place it in a resealable plastic bag or airtight container. Refrigerate and use within 2-3 days for best quality.

Reheating in the microwave will make the pastry tougher. For best results, toast leftover Pop Tarts instead of microwaving again.


Microwaving is a fast and convenient way to heat refrigerated Pop Tarts or take the chill off straight from the pantry. Refer to your microwave wattage and use recommended times around 10-30 seconds for best results.

Allow microwaved Pop Tarts to cool briefly before eating, check for hot spots, and discontinue heating if you see signs of burning. Store leftovers properly and avoid microwaving again. Follow these guidelines and your Pop Tarts will come out perfectly warm and toasty!