It's called The Chocolate Shooter, and it's the ingenious brainwave of Belgian chocolatier Dominique Persoone (aka “The Shock-o-latier”), who was tasked with creating a special birthday dessert for one of the Rolling Stones.
The only place to get it is at The Chocolate Line (for about €45, $60), Persoone's store on Antwerp's outlandishly ornate main drag known as the Meir. While the former palace resembles a lavishly appointed 18th century parlor, the chocolate on display is anything but stuffy: ganaches spiked with cannabis (!), pieces shaped like disembodied hands (the emblem of the city), and even a tequila shot glass made entirely with salted chocolate (tequila included) called the Choc-tail.
So here’s how it works: The Shooter looks like a spring-loaded mini-catapult, which is exactly what it is. You load pulverized chocolate into the “basket” — it’s about the width of a thimble — position it under your nostrils, hit the release, and snort. Hard. The result is a maxed out choco-blitz to the brain as it sprays up your nose.
Cinnamon, curry, nutmeg — in theory, anything that can be powdered is up for experimentation. Sadists will want to look into a chocolate with a paprika/cayenne pepper mix, perhaps.
And now watch it action, as Persoone mixes powered ginger and mint with the cocoa for what looks like a mind-blowing experience. The mint and ginger open wide the sinuses, even as the cocoa hits his scent receptors. His expression is classic.