Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Flavors, Ranked Worst To Best

Stop for a second and take yourself back to the mid-2000s. You are getting your kids ready for school (or going off to school yourself), and you have to make a quick breakfast that you can enjoy on the run. You want something sweet, not savory, and you don't care too much about counting your macros for the day. And most importantly of all, you probably don't want to do much in the way of prep work in order to get your meal ready to go. So, just what do you turn to? Pillsbury Toaster Strudels, naturally!

These little pockets of goodness came filled with fruity jellies or sweet cream and had a fried taste to them that made them downright crave-able. However, you didn't have to worry about deep-frying these pastries or spending hours cooking them because — as the name suggests — you could just pop them in the toaster or toaster oven and let it do its thing. When they came out, you spread a sweet frosting over the top that made them slightly messier but more delicious.

They may not be quite as popular as they were in the past, but Toaster Strudels are still around today and in all of your favorite flavors. Sure, they also aren't the healthiest breakfast out there, but you have to treat yourself sometimes, right? Now, you just have to decide which flavor to get. Take a look at this ranking from worst to best to figure out which one to try.

12. Chocolate

Generally, you'd never catch us ranking a chocolate-flavored anything at the very bottom of the list. But, alas, we have to be honest here. And the bare truth is that the chocolate Toaster Strudels are simply not good. Perhaps that's just because there's way, way too much chocolate in the mix. Usually, Toaster Strudels feature a relatively neutral pastry. However, when you choose this variety, the pastry is infused with chocolate. That might be delicious if the product weren't also filled with chocolate ganache too. Add in the extra chocolate icing on top, and it's clear why this "breakfast" option is just too much for even the sweetest of teeth.

All that chocolate coming together in one package results in a flavor that's really rich. So rich, in fact, that it will be difficult to make it through more than a few bites. Texture-wise, it feels unpleasantly thick in your mouth. And while the frosting tastes great on its own, once you add it to the pastry, it all becomes too much. We wish Pillsbury would've had a lighter hand on the chocolate when it came to creating this treat, but it seems like they couldn't help themselves.

Of course, this is not something you're going to want to eat for breakfast. But if we're being really honest, we wouldn't even want to try it for dessert, either. With so many more Toaster Strudel flavors to choose from, you don't have to settle for this subpar option.

11. Golden Grahams

Do you remember the cereal Golden Grahams? They're supposed to be reminiscent of s'mores, with toasty honey flavor that reminds you of the campfire snack classic. We don't know why dessert-flavored breakfasts had such a hold over us in the 2000s, but some of these products still exist. Well, Toaster Strudel and Golden Grahams tried to make a mash-up of their flavors by creating the Golden Grahams Toaster Strudel. And our opinion? It leaves a lot to be desired.

The inside of the pastry is filled with chocolate and a marshmallow-like filling. The chocolate part is great, but the marshmallow? Not so much, thanks to its stiffer texture and tooth-aching flavor. When those flavors combine, the end result is shockingly sweet. Take more than a bite or two of this pastry, and your teeth are going to start hurting from all that sugar. Probably not what you're going to want to munch on first thing in the morning if you actually want to have a good day and not suffer a sugar crash later.

The icing that goes on top doesn't do much in terms of flavor, either, except adding completely unneeded sweetness. Considering the pastry has plenty of sugar in it too, it just seems kind of over the top. And the worst part? It doesn't even really taste like Golden Grahams. The marketing for this product might be clever, but when it comes to execution, Pillsbury definitely does not get top marks for this one.

10. Wildberry

When you think of Toaster Strudels, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a fruit jelly-filled pastry. And, naturally enough, there are a lot of different fruit flavors in the bunch, but our least favorite by far is the wildberry Toaster Strudel. We're not entirely sure what a "wildberry" is, but according to the fruit shown on the packaging, it looks like the flavor is supposed to resemble a mix of strawberry and blueberry. But when you bite into the Toaster Strudel, those aren't really discernable flavors. Mostly, the filling just tastes like sugar and artificial fruit. It's not terrible, per se, as the sweetness and tartness from these flavors play together decently well. But still, would we choose it above the other fruity flavors? No.

The flaky crust pairs well with the juiciness of the filling, but the added frosting on top piles on too much additional sugar. Since the berry filling does have a touch of tartness to it, we wonder if Pillsbury overdid it on the sugar to make up the difference.

While the wildberry flavor isn't the worst of the bunch, it's still not particularly good (not unlike the similar Pop-Tart flavor). If it's somehow the only flavor in the freezer section of your local grocery store, you may want to give it a try. However, if there are other options, you may want to pass this one up.

9. Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Here's another attempt at a cereal brand and Toaster Strudel mashup: the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Toaster Strudel. Now, if you're a fan of Cinnamon Toast Crunch (and really, who wasn't back in the day?), then you may think that this is the flavor to try. And you may be right, especially if you're prone to nostalgia. But in our opinion, it's still not the best flavor of the Toaster Strudel bunch. In fact, when you give it a try, you may notice that it just kind of seems like an afterthought.

That may be because it's so similar in flavor to the cinnamon roll Toaster Strudel. But where the cinnamon roll has a great balance of flavors, you're not going to get the same thing when it comes to the Cinnamon Toast Crunch variety. The cinnamon heavy filling is overwhelming, for one. And yes, it's overly sweet, as are most Toaster Strudel flavors, but it also just has too much cinnamon in the mix, too. We love cinnamon in general, but using too much can take a dish from divine to, well, less-than-delicious. The frosting on top does add a bit of a richer, milk-infused flavor to the pastry that we really appreciate, but it doesn't make up for the filling that's simply lacking.

If you're craving both Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and Toaster Strudels, you may just want to buy them separately and eat them together instead of reaching for this particular Toaster Strudel flavor.

8. Blueberry

While the wildberry Toaster Strudel is less than tasty, the blueberry flavor is at least a bit better. The filling in this variety seems to be slightly less sweet, though keep in mind that it's still going to be super sweet overall. Plus, there's an added bit of tartness that we love. Does the blueberry flavor still taste a bit artificial? Yes, but that's to be expected considering the product comes out of a box that you grabbed from your grocery store's frozen foods section. It's not going to taste like eating a fresh blueberry sauce, such as what you'd make for a homemade dessert, sure. That said, it still does the trick.

However, the flavor of the filling in this Toaster Strudel variety is definitely not as good as quite a few of the other fruity options out there. Since the blueberry flavoring is just slightly bland (that tart edge notwithstanding), it tends to get lost once you add in that extra bit of sweetness from the icing on top.

The problem with this flavor is the fact that it has some serious competition. There are many delicious blueberry pastries out there that aren't in the frozen section — just check out the grocery's bakery if you're not convinced. Because you have a lot to compare it to, these strudels might seem like they're scraping the bottom of the barrel. Overall, they're fine. Just check that other Toaster Strudel flavors aren't available before you decide on this one.

7. Cherry

Who doesn't like cherry-flavored anything? There's something about cherry flavoring that just makes you feel nostalgic for the height of summer and, perhaps, a perfectly juicy homemade pastry filling. Plus, cherry comes in just about everything from medicine to pies, so it just makes sense that we would reach for cherry time and time again.

When it comes to Toaster Strudels, the cherry flavor is a solid option. We like this one because out of all the other flavors available, cherry has the most tartness to it. Not everyone is going to like this, of course, but if you're not a fan of ultra-sweet desserts and need a bit more complexity, this might be your best option when buying Toaster Strudels. The filling is still quite sweet, yes, but there's also a fair amount of tartness there that helps balance it all out.

That being said, the reason this flavor doesn't rank higher is the fact that the cherry still manages to taste pretty artificial. That's not surprising considering that artificial cherry is such a common flavor additive, but we were a little disappointed that these didn't taste fresher. However, even though it could taste more natural, cherry Toaster Strudels are certainly a pretty good way to get your busy day off to a fairly delicious start.

6. Raspberry

If you like raspberries, it's probably because they're generally such a mild fruit. They're flavorful, sure, but the flavor often isn't too intense. Raspberries are the kind of fruit that you can easily eat a whole bowl of, in fact. They're nice and refreshing without offering too much of the tart or sweet flavors you're probably used to in so many other fruits and which, depending on the situation and your own palate, can sometimes get overwhelming. That's ultimately why we're such big fans of the raspberry Toaster Strudels.

This toaster strudel flavor is seriously a great option for most people out there. While some of the other fillings are quite strong and sweet, that's simply not what you're going to get with this option. Rather, the mild raspberry flavor seems to go well with nearly everything, including the sweetened pastry and frosting. Consider eating this Toaster Strudel with some coffee or some juice, too. Either way, it's bound to taste good.

So, if we're such big fans, why didn't the raspberry flavor end up higher on this list? That's because, while we like the mildness of the raspberry, it's still not particularly interesting. You're not going to offend anyone with this option, but it's not the absolute tastiest of the bunch either. If you want true Toaster Strudel glory, you may want to reach for a different variety.

5. Strawberry

When it comes to all the berry flavors you can choose from when you decide to eat a Toaster Strudel, if we had to choose one to eat forever more, it would surely be the strawberry. This is one of the best flavors of the Toaster Strudel pack because, first of all, nearly everyone likes strawberry. It's pretty much the ultimate berry, with just enough pleasant sweetness and complexity to please many palates. Second of all, this is the berry flavor that best complements the notoriously sweet icing on top of the Toaster Strudel pastry. There's just something about the combo that keeps us going back for more.

One reviewer had this to say about the flavor: "These are my favorite toaster strudels! The strawberry is so simple and the perfect touch to the flaky crust. The icing makes the tarty-strawberry flavor dull down some and makes it more sweet. They're so mouthwatering and delicious."

Because of that mixture of tart and sweet, this is an especially tasty combination that will likely be perfectly at home in your own kitchen. In fact, it's one that we would easily still eat for breakfast if we were looking for a different sort of pastry.

4. Cinnamon Roll

You already know how we feel about the Cinnamon Toast Crunch Toaster Strudels: They're not our favorites. But when it comes to the cinnamon roll Toaster Strudels? Well, that's another story entirely. Simply put, these are some of the best of the bunch, and that's in no small part because they actually taste like cinnamon rolls. That is, if cinnamon rolls were fried. The filling inside isn't as aggressively full of sugar and spice as the Cinnamon Toast Crunch variety, but it does have that sticky sweetness you have likely come to expect from any good cinnamon roll. Then when you put the icing on top, it brings it all together into a treat that is possibly unlike any you've ever tried before.

However, just be warned that these may be harder to find than you are anticipating. According to reviews on the Toaster Strudel website, it looks like many rather frustrated shoppers can't find this flavor at their local grocery stores. It's a bummer if you can't find them close to you, but in the worst-case scenario, you can always buy a box online and wait patiently as they ship to you. It's 100% worth it if you love both Toaster Strudels and the taste of cinnamon rolls.

3. Apple

Did your grandma or another family member ever make apple turnovers? These treats are a nostalgic dessert that some of us grew up with, and they can't help but to bring a smile to your face even if you didn't have them on a regular basis throughout your childhood. 

If you've never had one before and want to know what it's like, you can take a bite out of an apple Toaster Strudel and get a pretty good idea of what you've been missing. This thing basically tastes like a fried apple pie, so there's no wonder it made it this far in our ranking. To be honest, it's so good on its own, you don't even need to put the icing on top. But you still should, as that really takes the experience to the next level and makes it even more delicious.

We also love this flavor because it's somewhat neutral, meaning that its relatively mild taste will appeal to almost everyone at the breakfast table. At the same time, it has plenty of sweetness, a lovely fried texture, and some bite from the apples. What more could you want? It's also one of the few Toaster Strudel flavors we would actually want to dig into first thing in the morning.

2. Cream Cheese and Strawberry

Strawberry Toaster Strudels are definitely good, but what if you could take that same taste and take it up a notch? That's just what's happening with cream cheese and strawberry Toaster Strudels. Listen, we know that Toaster Strudels aren't exactly luxury food products. But when you taste this flavor, you may just think you're eating a quality dessert. That's because the cream cheese in the strudel's interior really makes all the difference. It mixes with the strawberry filling to cut the sweetness by a considerable amount. Instead, the overwhelming sugar taste of other Toaster Strudels is replaced with a pleasant acidity and creaminess that you won't find in most of the other flavors available.

It makes sense, then, that at the time of writing, this product had a 4.5 rating on Pillsbury's website. One customer wrote, "I cannot get enough of these. The cream cheese and strawberry is my favorite flavor for sure. Always tastes great. It's quick and easy for a quick breakfast." Another gave this rave review: "Omg these are so good!! I could definitely eat the whole box at once if I'm not careful haha. The cream cheese and strawberry is hands down the best. They are so delicious." And when you try them out for yourself, you're likely to have a similar reaction.

1. Boston Cream Pie

You've finally made it to the best of the best: the Boston cream pie Toaster Strudel. This flavor is definitely on a whole different level compared to its fellows. Why? It all starts with the filling. While most of the filling flavors from this brand are a jelly-like consistency with a fruity flair to them, this one is totally different. It's filled with a sweet cream filling that, upon first blush, you might think it would be too sweet, but it's really not. In fact, it pairs better with the flaky crust than any of the other flavors by far.

Where the real magic comes in, though, is with the icing. While you'll get the same old plain boring icing for most Toaster Strudel flavors, when you choose the Boston cream pie, you'll get chocolate icing on top instead. This icing is incredible when paired with these flavors, and it's easy to say that we like it way more than the traditional stuff.

Bring it all together, and it's clear that Boston cream pie Toaster Strudels are the best of the bunch. If you want to try this brand, you may want to give this flavor a go first. Happy snacking!