UNI Student Wins 100,000 Pop-Tarts

Jill Kasparie, Reporter

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By Belinda Yeung

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Many people reach for a Pop-Tart as a breakfast on-the-go. But one University of Northern Iowa student has more of those breakfast pastries than many would ever dream of.
It started with a TV commercial that pointed sophomore Karelyn Pohl to an online Facebook contest.

She took second place in that national Kellogg's contest, winning a truck full of Pop-Tarts. "My favorite is hot fudge Sundae if you put it in the toaster it's just amazing,” Pohl said.

Pohl said says she has always liked Pop-Tarts, but she never knew one day she'd win thousands of them. "I just logged and on the Pop-it Forward page. They had a form you could fill out,” Pohl said.
The contest was organized in search of a special few with unique ideas for sharing the pastries with others.

Many people prepare their Pop-Tarts in a toaster, but Karelyn is doing something completely different. "Instead of putting the Pop-Tart on top, my idea was to put it in the ice cream so it's like, made into shakes,” Pohl said.

And that's all it took to win 100,000 pastries. So now, what is she doing will all of them? She's holding one sweet party, sharing 5,000 with students at UNI Friday afternoon. "Being able to share my idea is best. I want to hear what people have to say about pop-tarts ice cream,” Pohl said.

She came up with that idea of a Pop-Tart shake when she worked in an ice cream shop years ago. The party's not the icing on the Pop-Tart. She's sprinkling the other 95,000 out to organizations that will use them to sweeten the lives of others. "About half of them are going to a nation-wide charity to feed under-privileged children and a good portion is going to food banks in my home town of Davenport and then I believe ten thousand I am having go to troops overseas,” Pohl said.

Still, she's excited to get a bite out of her winnings Friday, maybe even pocketing a few of her favorites for later. "I think if they do have the hot fudge kind, I'm just going to take them back to my room,” Pohl said.

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