World's Strangest Chocolates
Pop Rocks: Barcelona
As the former pastry chef of one of the world’s top restaurants, El Bulli, Oriol Balaguer is known for his avant-garde chocolates. His most popular flavor, though, was designed for the kid in all of us. Mascletà chocolates consist of hazelnut praline, crunchy Maldon sea salt, and Pop Rocks coated in cocoa butter (to preserve their structural integrity). The Pop Rocks explode in your mouth, mimicking fireworks, which gave the chocolate its name. Available online.
Oriol Balaguer flagship store, Plaza Sant Gregori Taumaturg, 2, Barcelona; 011-34-93-201-1846; oriol-balaguer.com