This particular type of candy may be the missing ingredient in your love life, Heston Blumenthal predicts.
Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal loves to infuse his meals with a bit of science, and this time he's turned his attention to the foods most likely to help you fall in love.
In his latest show, Heston's Recipes for Romance, Heston looks at different types of foods that can inspire feelings or new sensations to help get you in the mood or even reconnect with a long-term partner.
Among his most interesting revelations was that eating popping candy may be an under-utilised seduction technique!
On his quest to find the most pleasurable food sounds, Heston and his research team asked a small group of people to listen to chewing, scraping, biting and sucking noises and rate them on a scale of their enjoyment.
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Surprisingly, the one that returned a unanimously positive result was pop rocks!
"One of the sounds the subjects consistently liked was the popping candy," physicist Oliver Joseph told Heston. "[It's] sort of rhythmic, in some sort of comforting way, maybe a bit musical and of course it is being done by a mouth so it is something a little like singing."
While singing might be a bit of a stretch, Heston's confirmed his suspicions that a romantic meal must engage all of the senses - including sound.
Heston's Recipes for Romance will air on Lifestyle FOOD this Valentine's Day, Feb 14 at 7:30pm.