Crest’s new “Be” toothpaste line poses an interesting proposition—why can’t you have your toothpaste and eat it, too? Manna to party planners everywhere, these gourmet, flavor-enriched toothpastes beg to be incorporated directly into dishes, making it easy for dinner hosts to entice guests into arriving early and staying late by eliminating the need for lengthy dental-hygiene regimens before and after gala parties. To ease the transition to this wonderful new world of toothpaste cuisine, we've compiled this gourmet international menu, which spans three continents and as many flavors of toothpaste. If more toothpaste than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. FIRST COURSE – South America Tuna Ceviche with Crest Be Dynamic Lime Spearmint Zest Originating from the coastal regions of South America, this light dish highlights the natural flavors of fresh seafood with minimal preparation. Although it appears to be cooked, the raw fish in ceviche is only soaked in lime marinade before serving. In our variation, simply substitute one full tube of Crest's Be Dynamic Lime Spearmint Zest toothpaste for whatever quantity of lime juice your recipe calls for. Crest’s BDLSZ retains the dish's traditional citric flavors while helping fight cavities when used at least twice a day or as directed by a dentist. Recommended Wine Pairing: A very young sauvignon blanc, showcasing an array of mild fruits, will help expand the ceviche's acidic profile and rinse lingering paste from the tongue. If more toothpaste than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. MAIN COURSE – Central America Chicken Mole Poblano with Crest Be Adventurous Mint Chocolate Trek Though mole refers to a wide range of traditional Central American chili-pepper sauces, mole poblano is its quintessential version. What sets mole poblano apart is the inclusion of dark chocolate, which combats the chili's heat to provide a rounder and more complex flavor profile. These flavors are especially apparent on chicken, which provides a blank canvas for the chili and chocolate interplay. A full tube of Crest's Be Adventurous Mint Chocolate Trek makes an excellent substitute for raw chocolate here, maintaining the traditional cocoa mouthfeel. Though standard mole poblano stains teeth with its dark color, Crest’s BAMCT not only looks great in its mint-green hue, it also whitens teeth when used at least twice a day or as directed by a dentist. Recommended Wine Pairing: The heady bouquet of dark berries and distinct vegetal bite of pinot noir grounds the mole's sweet/spicy dichotomy. For dinner guests 6 and younger, pair pea-size amounts of wine and mole to minimize swallowing. If more toothpaste than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. DESSERT – Europe White Chocolate Fondue with Crest Be Inspired Vanilla Mint Spark The Swiss Cheese Union said it best with its 1981 "Fondue is Good and Creates a Good Mood" advertising campaign. In addition to creating a good mood, fondue can now create an excellent opportunity for promoting dental hygiene thanks to Crest's Be Inspired Vanilla Mint Spark toothpaste. To end your dinner party on a sweet note, blend equal parts white chocolate and Crest’s BIVMS paste into a preheated fondue crock. Once bubbling and emanating its vanilla aroma throughout the room, invite guests to dip slices of plum, apricot, and asian pear into the decadent mixture. The light vanilla flavor pairs perfectly with this powerful bouquet of fruit, while also fortifying enamel with 0.243% sodium fluoride (0.15% w/v fluoride ion) when used at least twice a day or as directed by a dentist. Recommended Wine Pairing: An exceptionally dry riesling will cut through the fondue's rich saccharine body, making it swishable enough to function as a delectable mouthwash. If more toothpaste than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. Photos by Peter Hopkins, Groupon
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