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Treacle tart is a traditional English dessert. It is made using shortcrust pastry, with a filling made out of golden syrup—also known as light treacle — a little lemon butter, and breadcrumbs. The tart is normally served hot or warm with a scoop of clotted cream, ordinary cream, ice cream or custard. Some more recent recipes add cream or eggs to make a softer filling.

Treacle tart is featured in the Harry Potter books, and is known to be Harry's favorite food. He is often depicted as eating the dessert during various Hogwarts feasts, and the aroma of the dessert features prominently in "the most powerful love potion in the world" for Harry in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, which gives off the combined smell of each individual's favorite scents. This dessert is also featured in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The childcatcher, in an attempt to lure out the children from the basement, calls out that he is giving away free sweets. His mention of free treacle tarts is the selling point for the boy, convincing him to be lured out into the street. "Treacle tart" is also Cockney rhyming slang for "sweetheart".

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