A long long time ago, back in the deep depths of despair that were the days of writing my thesis, I took a short break from stressin’ to tell you about Komforte Chockolates. Last time around, I reviewed their Ramen Noodle, French Toast, and Tortilla Lime + Salt bars. I enjoyed these wacky offerings from Komforte, but had a few issues with their product consistency. I also expressed a longing to try their Apple Pie + Graham bar.
Soon after, a package arrived Speedy Delivery-style from the West Coast, filled with all five of the Komforte Chockolate bars. I was told that there are some production consistency issues that the company has been working to remedy. Perhaps those issues are now resolved, as all of the bars this time had consistently-dispersed flavor additions.
So without further ado, I present two more fun and enticing chocolate bars: Savory Ramen, and Apple Pie + Graham.
The Savory Ramen bar is a step in the right direction for Komforte flavor-wise. With a 53% cacao content, this bar had a nice dark chocolate aroma that also hinted at the umami flavors within: included in the chocolate were ramen noodles, onion, garlic, and soy sauce. In sampling the chocolate, the onion and garlic flavors were initially prominent, tasting as they would in powdered form in ramen noodle packages. Not surprising, given that the flavor incorporations are onion and garlic powder. These savory snippets melded nicely with the sweet chocolate, and came forward flavor-wise when ramen noodle pieces were unearthed. A pleasant light aftertaste of ramen and onion flavors lingered satisfactorily.
I enjoyed this candy bar, thinking that I would perhaps appreciate it even more if the chocolate was less sweet, and the savory elements were given full rein.
Unlike the Savory Ramen, the flavors of the Apple Pie + Graham bar weren’t strong enough for my discerning (demanding) sweet tooth. Inside the outer milk chocolate layer was graham biscotti, white chocolate and ‘natural apple and cinnamon flavors.’ Visually, the bar looked great. Aromatically, it was a go – down home apple cinnamon goodness wafted readily. But again, the chocolate was very sweet, and I believe this masked what could otherwise have been a top notch candy bar. As is, it was interestingly tasty.
A few weeks ago, I spent hours working on a giant wood-burnt stake as an ode to Buffy The Vampire Slayer. I then took a very long series of pictures of the stake, some of which [shown above] envisioned a world of vampire slayage/chocolate adorage hybridizing. I lastly spent hours being disappointed in the aforepictured Mast Brothers Black Truffle bar for not tasting more like mushrooms.
It mostly tasted like salt. Given that there was a layer of Maine sea salt on the underside of the bar, I wasn’t terribly shocked at this revelation. Just disappointed that of the purported mushroom chocolate bars out there (coughVosgescough), I’m yet to taste one that in any way represents something mycological.
For what its worth, the chocolate was enjoyable. Rather dark and perhaps a bit salty, but enjoyable. I just need to stop falling for mushroom chocolate – - or, maybe I need to make my own.
I like to praise B.T. McElrath whenever I get the chance. I’ve made that pretty obvious with the many times I’ve written about them. However, as excited as I was to try their Super Red bar, I was equally nervous, because it seems like dried fruit in chocolate is rarely done right. It’s always overly chewy, or chemical-tasting, or just bland.
The praise continues, however. Super Red does it right, using pieces of dried cherries, strawberries and raspberries that are too small to be overly chewy, too flavorful to be bland, and too (seemingly) freeze dried to taste of chemicals. Raspberry and strawberry are the prevalent fruit flavors, to the point that I didn’t notice any indication of a cherry presence. The 70% cacao is the perfect mix of dark and sweet for the fruity additions, making this a very easy bar to snack on. While I would like to be able to distinctly taste the three fruits, it is commendable that they mesh seamlessly into one even fruit flavor – this ensures a consistent product.
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For the Buffy fans out there: The Season 1 episode intro, and an attempt at capturing Drusilla’s vamp face.