Review: New Bacon & Donut Glaze Waffle Pastry from IHOP
I came across some new items at IHOP this morning and Waffle Pastries seemed like an interesting mix of breakfast flavors I needed to investigate. There are four Waffle Pastries to choose from: Bacon & Donut Glaze, Banana Creme Brûlée, Cinnamon & Cream Cheese Icing, and Strawberry Creme Brûlée. At the time of writing this, I haven’t spotted these new items on the IHOP website or Facebook page.
I was hesitant about the whole “toasted marshmallow filling” and almost decided against considering any of these Waffle Pastries. The Bacon & Donut Glaze Waffle Pastry looked to be the featured item since it received the entire page picture treatment on the back of the menu. Headlined by “Experience a waffle unlike any other.” Since the Bacon & Donut Glaze Waffle Pastry was the most interesting looking of the bunch I decided to not pass it up.
The new Bacon & Donut Glaze Waffle Pastry is described like this:
A made-to-order waffle pastry with warm toasted marshmallow filling, topped with hickory-smoked bacon pieces and donut glaze.
The Waffle Pastries were priced at $2.99 and with my eggs/bacon/sausage/hashbrowns breakfast combo it cost $8.99. The Bacon & Donut Glaze Waffle Pastry is pretty small, served on a side dish plate. I’d say it’s a little bigger in size than four decks of cards stacked 2 long, 2 high. The waffle exterior was very crunchy, almost tough. The only issue with this was the difficulty to knife through it with just a fork.
My worry about the toasted marshmallow filling turned out to be a non-issue because it was barely noticeable both in taste and visually. It wasn’t even worth taking pictures of when making an attempt to show the insides. The chopped bacon pieces on my Waffle Pastry were chopped a lot bigger than what appears in the promo picture and the donut glaze was also a little difficult to identify at first. When the meal all came together, I can’t help but admit that I enjoyed it. It’s not much to look at and is far less interesting of an experience than the description and menu picture had me believe, but the combination was successful. Salty bacon with sugary donut glaze combined with a crispy waffle was a pretty satisfying combination.
I’m still a little puzzled as to why IHOP chose a toasted marshmallow filling and not something like a sweet cream cheese type of center like their Stuffed French Toast. Personally I think the marshmallow filling description will make most customers a little wary about ordering a Waffle Pastry. As it turned out, I found the toasted marshmallow part of it to be completely forgettable and at $2.99, the Bacon & Donut Waffle Pastry was nice add-on to mix up a more traditional breakfast order.
Pros: Sugary donut glaze meets salty bacon. Interesting mix of ingredients and a nice order item for $2.99.
Cons: The promo picture might have you believe this thing is massive. Toasted marshmallow filling description might scare some off. No impact from toasted marshmallow filling and there are plenty of better filling choices that could have made the cut.
Overall GrubGrade: 7.00/10
More Info: http://www.ihop.com