Homemade PopTarts


My kids love PopTarts, but I don’t love to buy them and one day it hit me that I could just make them, so I did. And wow, they are sooo good (unlike their rather cardboard-tasting store-bought counterparts), and surprisingly easy to make. In fact, they’ve made a PopTart believer out of me, and I’ve never been able to stand PopTarts from the store. These are also really fun to make with little (and big!) kids because they can pick out their own flavors and help decorate them.

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How to make Homemade PopTarts:

Use your favorite pie pastry, or try my Foolproof Pie Crust. (The recipe makes four single-crust pie crusts. I used the entire recipe for the PopTarts, splitting the dough in half instead of into four balls.)


4 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups shortening
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 egg
1/2 cup very cold water

Add flour, shortening, sugar, and salt to a large bowl. Mix flour and shortening with a pastry cutter until it looks nice and crumbly. In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, egg, and water. Add to the flour mixture, stirring in till well-moistened. Stick your hands in there and shape it into a ball. (Don’t overhandle.) Divide dough into equal halves. Wrap each half with plastic and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before using. (You can also prep your pastry a few days ahead and refrigerate till Homemade PopTart-making day.)

After dough is chilled, roll out in two long strips six inches wide.
Cut into three-inch sections.
Your mileage will vary depending on how thin you roll the pastry, but you should come out with 8 to 10 big, full-size, rectangular PopTart pieces per strip. (You could also cut into smaller pieces for “PopTart sticks” instead, or cut into triangles, or use a big cookie-cutter to make circles, etc. The world is your PopTart! Think outside the rectangle!)

Place filling in the middle of the strips for the bottom layer.


1) Use a couple teaspoons jam of your choice. (Make some homemade jam and you’ll know your kids are getting real fruit when they’re snacking on their PopTarts!)
2) Or, for brown sugar ‘n’ cinnamon PopTarts (my kids’ favorite!) melt 3 tablespoons butter and combine 1/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Brush melted butter on each piece then sprinkle with the brown sugar mixture.
Using the other strip, place tops on PopTart pieces, pinching all the way around the sides to seal. Press a fork all around the sides then prick the centers to vent. Transfer to a greased baking sheet using a spatula.
Bake at 400-degrees approximately 15 minutes, switching oven racks halfway through baking. (Note: Start baking on the top rack then move the pan to the bottom rack after about 8 minutes.) Cool and top with icing (and candy sprinkles if desired). For brown sugar ‘n’ cinnamon PopTarts, I add a dash of cinnamon to the icing.

Powdered Sugar Icing:

Combine 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and enough milk (one to two teaspoons) for drizzling consistency.
Just try to not love PopTarts now, I dare you.
She’s growing out her bangs.
We hope.
By the way, goats…….
…..love PopTarts, too. (Do NOT tell my kids I gave Clover one of their PopTarts! DO NOT!!)

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on March 20, 2009  

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  1. 3-20

    Oh, those look so yummy, I am definitely going to have to try them. I’ve already made your grandmother bread recipe and it is great. Thanks for all the great recipes you post here. :hungry:

  2. 3-20

    The timing on this is unreal. About an hour ago, I was packing my husband’s lunch and along with his sandwhich, I put in PopTarts. I was calculating the cost fo doing that every. Single. Day. And wondering if there maybe, could possibly be a way to make them myself. And here you are with a recipe. Wonderuful!

    I’m glad Clover got one, too. She’s probably still recovering from her adventure and everything.

  3. 3-20

    Wow! Amazing…seriously. I’m going to give these a try. They look so good…and of course my kids (and me….ssshhhh) have a thing for poptarts!

  4. 3-20

    Hmm yes, Clover might need a few extra treats if she’s “eating for two” (or three!?)

    Suzanne – don’t forget to brush her teeth after all that sugar…and of course, we’ll want pictures! :?

  5. 3-20

    I must make these! My kids are always begging me to buy poptarts! What kind of camera do you use to take your photos? That close up on the poptart is a great shot. I don’t think I could get one that clear with my cam.

  6. 3-20

    Thanks, Cyndi! Look in my sidebar–scroll down to just above the old farmer’s almanac bit–to where it says This is My Camera. I get asked that question so often, I put it in the sidebar!

  7. 3-20

    I have never thought about making my own poptarts but those look amazing. Last week I tried your snow topped mint cookies and they were awesome. Looks like I’ll be trying the poptarts soon:)

  8. 3-20

    NO WAY!!! This is why I come here every single day!! You never cease to amaze me — HOMEMADE POP TARTS!!! I don’t care for the ones out of the store, there’s just something plastic about them….. but the concept is a great one…… and now you’ve made them edible!!! :eating:

  9. 3-20

    Oh my goodness!!! I LOVE poptarts. Rarely ever buy them. But I love them. I love eating the dark edges after toasting them. I HAVE to try this recipe. I’m starting to feel more courageous now now that I have “mastered” Grandmother bread! If I can make bread..I can do anything!!

    THANK YOU!!! :snoopy:

  10. 3-20

    I bet those would be pretty awesome with some cheese and a couple of strips of bacon in the middle, too! We are always looking for quick breakfast ideas.

  11. 3-20

    8) Oh no you didn’t!!!!!! LOL! Those look SO good! I usually don’t eat breakfast, but I definitely would eat those! I must show my little girl, she won’t believe someone could make them!! YUMMY!!! Have a great weekend! :happyflower: :shroom:

  12. 3-20

    This is totally cool! The Grandgirlies and I will be making these today. What fun! Thank you very much for posting this. Oh, and thank you for giving poor Clover a treat.

  13. 3-20

    hey y’all, i was forwarded this amazing sheparding artwork video yesterday http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2FX9rviEhw and Suzanne you hafta watch it if you haven’t seen it already. these fellas are unbelievable! their dogs are so well trained, i’m stunned.

    huggs, margiesbooboo

    ps so glad i can’t gain weight from the temptations you keep posting! but if you find a recipe for fried apple turnovers, i’m doomed.

  14. 3-20

    What a totally wonderful way to think outside the rectangle as you said. I would never have thought of this. Now I must try them. Pop Tarts are so expensive and do not go very far with growing teenagers and especially little boys. They get quite costly to purchase.

  15. 3-20

    Oh gosh these look so yummy. I am going to make them for my Girl Scout meeting on Sunday, but Suzanne when you say “switch oven racks halfway through baking” what do you mean? Move ’em up or move ’em down? Also I have been trying to search your site for the vanilla recipe and can’t seem to find it. Can anyone direct me there? Thanks!


  16. 3-20

    Lisa, just switch them either up or down, depending on which rack you started with. I usually start them on the top rack then switch to the bottom rack, but it wouldn’t make any difference if you did it opposite.

    If you click on “Cooking” on the menu bar at the top it will take you to the page with all my recipes indexed by category. You can find the vanilla recipe here:

  17. 3-20

    Suzanne, you should be arrested! It must be a crime to label something that looks that good as just a “pop tart”!! How about: Queen Clover’s Royal Oven Pastry? Or Suzanne’s Scrumptious Sacchariferous Satisfiers?

    Just sayin’

  18. 3-20

    These make pop tarts look good. The store bought ones just have no taste.

  19. 3-20

    This is definately my next kitchen adeventure. My daughter is gonna be so excited to help with these!! THANKS!! AS ALWAYS…I love it! :chef:

  20. 3-20

    You are too amazing! You always manage to surprise me. I wish I had your many talents!!!

  21. 3-20

    Those look so good! My kids love pop tarts, I think I will have to try making these. I even have some homemade raspberry jelly I can put in them. :sheep:

  22. 3-20

    I just made the poptarts! My son couldn’t believe they were for him. So now I am become SUPERMOM for the day. Thanks, Suzanne, they really are delicious.

  23. 3-20

    UMMM homemade pop tarts they even look like pop tarts,but better!
    PRINCESS ask CLOVER if she likes poptarts….just ask her,lol!

  24. 3-20

    Oh wow, those look amazing! I haven’t had poptarts in sooo long. Maybe it’s time to start?

  25. 3-20

    :shimmy: Who’d have ever thought!!!!! What a great idea!!!! And I KNOW they taste so much better than storebought!!!!! I am going to copy this and give it to my MIL, because she makes homemade jam and could make these for my young nephews/neices….GREAT IDEA!!! Is there ANYTHING you cannot do Suzanne?????? You are so creative! :snoopy: :sheepjump: :happyflower:

  26. 3-20

    And Morgen is PRECIOUS as usual! :shimmy:

  27. 3-20

    Your animals eat better than me roflmao. How come you guys don’t weigh 500 pounds :o

  28. 3-20

    I can’t wait to see Suzanne’s Home Cooking Show on the food network. A new career on the horizon, maybe?

  29. 3-20

    This sounds like a yummy idea! I needed some new ideas to put into our breakfast rotation! ;)

  30. 3-20

    it looks absolutely delicious !!!


  31. 3-20

    They look sooo good!

  32. 3-20

    i’ve never before been tempted to make my own pastry and bother with rolling it out….but this is TOO TEMPTING! I might have to try this.

  33. 3-20

    Oh these look so good and my kids love poptarts.

  34. 3-20

    I have never actually thought of making pop tarts. My daughters loved them growing up. Especially my oldest one. She’s now 34 and has two kids. I will have to ask her if her son loves them as she did. The baby can’t eat yet.

  35. 3-20

    I’ve never bought pop tarts as they looked so hideous. Thanks for this recipe your version looks really tasty. I’ll get my grandchildren onto this recipe on Sunday when they stay with us.

    Think I’ll have to play about with the cooking bit. I use gas and I think 400 is Gas mark 6. However it’s a fan oven with an all over even temperature so maybe I’ll give it 20 mins in the middle and keep an eye on it!

  36. 3-20

    Wow! Who’d’ve thunk it? Pop Tarts from my own oven, those have to beat even Toaster Strudels. (That is what my girls clamber for (even at 28, 23 and 21 y/o)
    I’m making these the next chance I get.
    They look mmmmm good!

  37. 3-20

    copy, paste and printed.
    I will give this a try tomorrow.
    Thank you so much, see if I can be changed into a poptart eater, doubt it…but my kids love them, so they will be eaten

  38. 3-20

    That is ingenious!

  39. 3-20

    This is genius. Oh how you inspire me! Thank you.

  40. 3-20

    :snoopy: I have been toying with figuring out the whole Pop Tart process :snoopy: NOW I don’t HAVE TOOOOO!!!. :shimmy:
    Thank you!!!

  41. 3-20

    This is so awesome! I am an intern for FamilyFoodies.com and have been blog surfing for exciting recipes and blogs. I am so glad I found your delightful place on the web. I am going to use this post in my ‘link love’ post this weekend! AND I think I’m going to try this recipe w/ my grand children! TOO FUN!

  42. 3-20

    Okay my son Noah is peeping over my shoulder while I check out my favorite blogs and now he wants to make POP TARTS! Seeing how it is 10:21 pm here; I think it is going to wait til tomorrow. But thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes and making us hungry here in Maryland!

  43. 3-20

    Suzanne, you need to figure out how to put “Chocolate-Vanilla Cream” filling in these poptarts for me……your chocaholic cousin! Mark was amazed when we got married…since he is the son of the one and only Awesome Georgia….he didn’t know that human life, AKA – me, his new wife :turtle: – could and had grown to maturity on a steady diet of Campbell’s Soup and PopTarts! LOL :hungry:

    By the way, to “margiesbooboo”…I make simple fried apple turnovers by using WonTon wrappers from the produce section at the store and canned apple pie filling. Just place a WonTon wrapper on wax paper (whatever), spoon in pie filling, fold over in a triangle, moisten edges with a little water on your finger and seal the edges with fork tines. Then heat a little cooking oil (canola would be good) in a skillet and gently slide turnovers into hot oil with a slotted spatula, fry and turn until they look crispy enough for you and then scoop out and drain on paper towel/plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar as desired.

    Of course, some of Suzanne’s homemade pastry dough would make a superior apple turnover but mine are fast for those of us who are “kitchen challenged (or time challenged).”

    Of course, I am one of the LUCKY ONES because I do get to eat Suzanne’s cooking on occasion and she is a great cook!

    Suzanne, your poptarts are beautiful! :heart:

  44. 3-20

    These are awesome! My boys will only eat the chocolate fudge ones, though…any tips on how I can make ’em chocolate? :?

  45. 3-20

    I’m glad to see someone doing this!

    When I made a huge batch of apple butter a couple years ago, the idea came up in a conversation. We both just stared at each other with big eyes, til one of us said “holy s***, homemade apple butter Pop Tarts….. ”

    there was nothing else to say about it, lol.

    nothing to do with pop tarts, but a lot to do with sheep:

    extreme shepherding! and another thing that just made my jaw drop it’s sooooo amazingly cool! (boy I hope the link comes thru)

  46. 3-21

    :dancingmonster: I never fancied pop tarts till i saw your blog. The entire process is interesting and I guess it’s simple. So why shouldn’t I try it out.

  47. 3-21

    I haven’t made any chocolate ones yet, but if I was going to do that, I’d melt a couple squares of semi-sweet Baker’s chocolate and spoon it in there. For the S’mores PopTarts, you could add some marshmallow creme, too!

  48. 3-21

    Homemade pop tarts? Suzanne you are an amazing woman!

  49. 3-21

    Wow! These look great! I love brown sugar and cinnamon pop tarts and will have to try these for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  50. 3-22

    I admit to buying cardboard poptarts. I grew up with them and they are comfort to me. Fattening too though. I’d probably appreciate those calories a lot more if they were these homemade variety. Thanks for sharing your recipe and sharing. They look really great. My favorite kind is one they don’t make anymore. Chocolate with a creamy white center. I’ll have to figure out how to get the pastry crust chocolatey. But cinnamon is a close second!

  51. 3-22

    Oh my goodness! :shimmy: I am really excited about this!! I have a lot of muscadine jelly so me and my little ones are going to try this tomorrow! Thanks!! :snoopy:

  52. 3-22

    These look awesome! My kids love poptarts, but I hate the cost. I will defiantly try these. Just wondering how do you store them and how long will they last stored? Of course they probably get eaten really fast, but I thought it would be great to make a big batch and reheat for fast weekday breakfast. I love your site with all the animals and yummy food. Keep up the good work!!

  53. 3-22

    I’ve never had them around longer than 24 hours, LOL.

  54. 3-23

    Poptarts are a staple in my home. My kids love them and so now I’m going to have to try your recipe.

  55. 3-23

    What an awesome recipe! I am always looking for something new and different. I can’t wait to try it.

  56. 3-24

    Thanks for sharing! I love to bake as well and was trying to think of what to do with some pie crusts to use them up. Unfortunately, my oddball family does not care for pie… so that’s out of the question. I am eager to try these as I love pop-tarts and may, or may not, share them with my kids! :-)

  57. 3-24

    These are wonderful! I made some today with blueberry jam and some with brown sugar and cinnamon. I can’t decide which one I like better. I used wheat flour for half of the flour. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  58. 3-24

    Thanks for the PopTart recipe. My kids just loved them! I have to admit I cheated by using ready-made pie crust because pie crust intimidates me. However, I do plan to try your pie crust recipe some time in the near future.

    I enjoy reading your site!!! :snoopy:

  59. 3-24

    Oh my goodness!! I am SO trying these. Same boat here – pop tart love, but don’t really care to buy them. These, however, sound fabulous!! :happyflower:

  60. 3-27

    We tried these this morning and they were DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  61. 3-28

    I came over the Not A Significant Source…. this sounds so delicious. I’m gonna copy it and see what my kids say.

  62. 3-29

    I tried these. They didn’t exactly look the same as yours but they were delish!

  63. 4-5

    I have made my own poptarts before! So much better than packaged. But the goat made me laugh. We had a visitor at our home (actually, the one who sent me a link to your site) and her son was in the van eating a poptart. My husband thought he’d be funny and put a goat kid in the seat next to her toddler and the goat snatched his poptart. Boy, did she love it!

    Dee in Canada

  64. 4-22

    :hungry: made these for my kids and husband this morning. they loved them!!!!! much better than the store bought ones…

  65. 4-26

    Husband loved it. Thanks for the step by step recipe!

  66. 7-28

    How would you store these? I only have two people eating these so they will be around for a little while. could they be frozen? How long do you think they would keep in the fridge (or wherever you would store these??? on the counter?). Sorry i am a totally novice cook so I ask possibly stupid question :o)

  67. 7-28

    If I was going to have them around for awhile, I’d freeze them and reheat to keep them the most fresh!

  68. 8-6

    Just came across your site…pop tarts, oh how I love thee…
    Will be giving them a try!
    Love the chickens and goats and will be reading older posts.

  69. 8-25

    Thank YOU! My son loves poptarts, I hate the artificial ingredients and he doesn’t like the organic ones. I will definitely try this :)

  70. 8-28

    What a great idea. I made these tonigh and posted in on my blog and linked back to you and your wonderful website. These turned out wonderful and I have found freeze pretty well to keep longer. YUMMY!!! :purpleflower:

  71. 8-28

    These look fantastic! I’ve got to try this. Thanks!! Your blog is great!

  72. 11-16

    Hmmmm…do you think you could freeze and reheat these? (Without the icing, of course!) They look yummy!!

  73. 11-16

    Yes, you can freeze them!

  74. 11-16

    Woohoo! Trying them tomorrow!

  75. 11-27

    I buy Pop-tarts every single time I go to the store. Some friends gave us a case as a sort of joke for a birthday gifts and my husband and three sons went through it in a month. I cannot wait to try this recipe!

  76. 12-20

    We’re having a company breakfast, where everyone brings in something. I was like “Well.. I cheat at breakfast and just drink Instant Breakfast since it has everything I need in it. What else do I like? Well… poptarts? I can’t just bring in a box of Poptarts so I thought “…. I CAN MAKE THEM!” Thanks for your recipe :)

  77. 1-4

    I just got done making a batch and they are so good!

    Apparently its ok to use apple cider vinegar if you lack the white stuff. Just to let ya know!

    Thanks so much for this recipe.

  78. 1-13

    Okay, so I tried this recipe and it was an unqualified success. My finicky son ate them and declared them “better than the real thing” and “a breakfast sensation.” I used your pie crust to make them (I used one part of the crust to make a quiche.)

    The only quibble I had with the recipe was that fresh out of the oven, the ones in the first batch weren’t portable like the store-bought kind. I rolled the second batch thicker and was much happier with the results. One tart is super-filling and definitely warming on a cold winter day. Will be making more soon to freeze.

  79. 1-20

    Ooh, so I did the cinnamon kind and the family went nuts. I also substituted cocoa for the cinnamon (ish–I sort of eyeballed the proportions) and made chocolate poptarts! Delicious! Am contemplating a graham flour crust to get some kind of s’morey thing going on.

  80. 2-19

    Thanks for posting this, I’ll be trying them out this weekend.Does it matter if I use store bought jam and jelly-their the only kind I have, at least until the farmers markets start up in the spring again. I’m also thinking that peanut butter and jelly would be good as the filling, have you ever tried it?

  81. 2-19

    Nicole, I haven’t ever tried it with peanut butter and jelly, but that sounds like it would be good! Sorta like those pb&j pastries they sell at the store! Store-bought jam and jelly should work just fine.

  82. 2-20

    Howdy. I love your images of clover. I think goats love to eat anything, but I am sure that home made pop tarts are at the top of that long list. My dad had a goat that would stand up on its hind legs and place its front feet on his shoulders to give him sugar. I live in the city, so goats owning goats are out of the question, but maybe the wife and I can settle down in the country some time down the road and have a couple. Thanks for sharing.

  83. 2-25

    Absolutely love them. We made pb and j ones. The kids gobbled them up. Thank you.

  84. 3-5

    Ok, my friend and I are already obsessed with poptarts. But these homemade ones are on a WHOLE NEW LEVEL!! The flaky fantastic poptart was so much tastier homemade. We will definitely make these again. DEFINITELY!!!!!

  85. 3-5


    I have to try these. I made your Grandmother bread with the grandkids and we loved it! They were very proud of themselves. Esp when we used half to make pizzas.

    Suzanne, I don’t see the camera link. Is it staring me in the face?

    Thank you for your blogs. I love this site!

  86. 3-5

    What is the camera link you’re looking for??? I’m not sure what you’re talking about.

  87. 3-17

    Brilliant, Suzanne! They look soooo yummy! Do they hold up if you pop them in the toaster?

  88. 4-17

    I made these yesterday, and now I’m kind of wishing I hadn’t. My family devoured them in about 3 seconds, after I spent a whole afternoon making them! Delicous doesn’t express how wonderful these are. Thank you for sharing something that doesn’t taste like dried up cardboard with a frosting like substance…really, who would want a store bought poptart after tasting these??

  89. 5-17

    Do you brush melted butter on all the slices or just the brown sugar ones? The pictures with the jam ones show the ones off to the sides maybe are brushed with butter. Wondering if that also helps keep the sides adhered as well as pinching. Mine always burst at the seams lol.

  90. 5-24

    Well, this is the 4th time making these. My wonderful husband loves them, and got a cookie cutter made just for making these. It really speeds the process. I make homemade jam, so they are even better. This time my son also asked for chocolate and marshmallow. Nutella and Fluff worked wonderfully. One thing to know the marshmallow puffs when baking. Otherwise this are delicious also. My family just loves them. So far we have made apple, brown sugar cinnamon, cherry, strawberry, peanut butter and jelly, and s’more. Thank you so much the recipe.

  91. 6-30

    Greetings! I loved this and I look forward to making them again! The kids loved the special treat. Thanks! Just to let you know, I added a link to my blog and a showed pictures on my blog of the “Pop tarts”

  92. 7-17

    I made the pop tarts, or at least tried. They are a bit more complicated than I had expected. By the way, i don’t think I will be giving them to my goat

  93. 8-9

    Excited about trying to make these for my son! :snoopy: And thank you so much for the printer friendly version.

  94. 8-22

    I’m a poptart fan myself , so I think this weekend I may try to make these for myself and my son (I may even try the idea with the egg and bacon one LOL). Just one question though , do you know how many calories these have? (I’m on a diet LOL).

  95. 10-16

    Wonderful. I live in a remote area of Kenya, where you cannot buy PopTarts even if you wanted to. (Unless there is a surprise, mystery shipment when you are in Nairobi, in which case they will cost about $8 a box.)So, I have been wanting to try this and now I definitely will. Questions: This makes a lot of poptarts. How well do they keep, can you freeze them and are you able to “pop” them in the toaster the next day or whatever to heat them up again?
    I’m doing this tomorrow. Or as soon as I buy some more jam. I just ran out today. sigh. How did I let that happen?

  96. 10-16

    Sandra, yes, you can freeze them, individually or in batches with some wax paper in between or something. Re placing them in the toaster, that would depend on how well you sealed the pastry. A toaster oven (with the poptart on some aluminum foil or something) would probably be better as it would protect you against leaks. Or just the regular oven.

  97. 1-5

    To thaw and reheat them how long would you put them in the oven for and at what temp?

  98. 1-6

    Sheila, reheat them around 350 for 10 minutes or however long it takes to warm up.

  99. 1-12

    Could I add you as a friend on facebook?

  100. 1-13

    Sheila, yes, my Facebook link is in the sidebar!

  101. 4-11

    Pop Tarts arnt Original There just a White version of A mexican pastry Called Enpanadas.

  102. 4-30

    This is another recipe that I am definitely going to have to try. Since I will be babysitting my granddaughters this summer this will be something I will make with them.

    I found a cookbook on making your own mixes at a garage sale that has a lot of recies in it but some of these things have come out since it was printed in about 1978.

  103. 9-15

    Wondering if there is any way to make a pi crust without using shortening? Is that a crazy question?? Trying to avoid hydrogenated oils. Cant wait to make these with my peach jam!!

  104. 9-16

    iamjaytee, you can use lard instead of shortening.

  105. 3-13

    I just made a batch of no fail pie crust this morning and was starving for something sweet. I rolled out one of the discs of pastry and made a small batch of the poptarts. To say they were delicious would be a severe understatement! Thank you so much for the pie crust and the pop tart recipes. They are wonderful!!

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