i started to read Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer and there is a term that i do not understand.
The complete sentence is:
I was going without a lot of things these days, like Pop-Tarts and shoelaces, to avoid spending time in public.
By searching the internet i found only the Kelloggs cereals, is that means she is going out without having breakfast?
Thank you for help.
Pop-Tarts are a breakfast thing, yes. They are just the right size to fit in a toaster so you can have a warm something in the morning, without having to cook. They can be filled with apple or sprinkled with cinnamon. There are many flavors, actually. You can’t make one of these things, so you have to go to the store to get more. Some people have a very strong liking to them.
It does not really mean to go without breakfast, though. It means to go without a treat that most people would not think of as a very good breakfast. Some would call it a “guilty pleasure”, something you want, but probably should not have very often.
To me a pop-tart is breakfast “junk food.” It’s not really good for you, but it’s quick and easy to fix. And kids generally love them!
A Pop Tart is a thin breakfast pastry, about the size of a piece of bread,with a very thin fruit filling manufactured by the Kellogg Company. They fit right into a toaster. Kellogg has been making great cereals like Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, etc. for a very long time. Pop Tarts were introduced in the late '60,s I think.
inside the pop tart is some filling, usually fruit, but not always.
Worth noting this is US English… being British I’ve never heard of a “pop tart” - I would have guessed something completely different !
They used to have in Britain certainly in the late 80s, early 90s. They were lethal little things, the filling would get so hot in the toaster that one had to be very, very careful when biting into them. There taste was not something I’d recommend, but my son did eat them occasionally.
A modern equivalent is possibly “microwave pizzas”. A crime against nature, but strangely addictive to some.
Did I really write “there taste”? Can’t be, someone must have smuggled a typo devil into the text!
Thanks for the hint, Helen: I shall look out for “microwave pizzas”!
Thanks to everyone for your help, i wonder if i dare to taste some of them in the next time. The picture looks horrible sweet.