Chocolate Toothpaste Tart

Ask anyone who went to school in Bedfordshire (who are are of a certain age) about Chocolate Toothpaste tart and you will get a response about nostalgic school-dinner memories. Ask anyone else and you’ll just get blank stares.

Shop bought toothpaste part from Kempston

We know that the name isn’t all that appetising, however there is no toothpaste involved! The name is thought to arrive from the consistency of the chocolate filling, which is ever so slightly gritty, like toothpaste. It’s all down to being full of sugar.

The origins of this modern desert are hard to track down, however we know that it was a common treat that was served at many schools across Bedfordshire. It was served from at least as early as the 1960’s and since then it has been taken to the hearts of the people of Bedfordshire as a local traditional desert.

Chocolate Toothpaste is a quick and easy desert to make as it requires no baking of you use a pre-made pastry case. A chocolate mixture, made with cocoa powder, butter, sugar and powdered milk is mixed together and poured into a pastry base, and put in a fridge to set. And that’s it! A simple, yet classic, and remarkable well kept local secret dish. Don’t forget to serve it with a squirt of aerosol cream for the authentic school dinner look.

Toothpaste tart purchased in Houghton Regis

If you would like to make your own Chocolate Toothpaste Tart, click HERE for our recipe. Please, get in touch and tell us how it all worked out!