My weekend has been dark, and rainy, and lovely, and dark and rainy and lovely (there are two days in the weekend, folks). When the times get dark and rainy, it is not uncommon to crave that which is known as “comfort food.” And sure enough, my weekend has seen my face and stomach enjoying the delights of Chinese takeout, moderately spicy chicken enchiladas, walnut and apple waffles, and pierogi with chicken noodle soup. Each one of these treats has delighted me, perhaps a bit more than it should. But as much as savory food occasionally holds my interest, it’s my endless stash of chocolate bars that I come back to, day in and day out.
So, how fitting that my chocolate bars this weekend were from the West Coast’s Komforte Chockolates, a brand built in 2009 on “savory combinations that are easy to love.” Enter comfort food, in the form of chocolate.
If you haven’t heard of Komforte Chockolates, here is where things will take a turn for the strange. Examples A through C of today’s strangeness are the bars featured here:
Ex. A: Ramen Noodle (53% dark chocolate)
Ex. B: French Toast (milk chocolate)
Ex. C: Tortilla Lime + Salt (milk chocolate)
Apparently, Komforte wants you to enjoy your chocolate, but also be healthy (why do they assume these items are normally mutually exclusive? It takes a lot of calorie burning to chomp through as much chocolate as I do), and so they encourage sharing their chocolate with friends. Given that their bars are awfully thick, and thus difficult to break into any more than the four scored rectangles – large rectangles for 2.5 oz, or 70 g, of chocolate – sharing with friends seems to be a good idea here. So dig in, friends, and join me on this virtual taste-test / strange-fest.
The chunkities you may observe in the above photos come from the French Toast and Tortilla Lime + Salt bars. The Ramen Noodle bar, which in other blogs around the interwebs feature little chunkins of uncooked ramen noodles, were not present in any sort of chunkinses. Three incorrectly tensed words may lead you to doubt my ability to rate chocolate, but when the chocolate is as weird as “Ramen Noodle,” I say a few new words are in order.
Honestly, though, I was disappointed by this bar. I chose this over the more recent “Savory Ramen” bar by Komforte, to taste the original and see what all the hype was about. After some well-chunked tastes, all I can say is that I’m not sure. I don’t really taste the ramen, I don’t taste the soy sauce, and I don’t taste much salt. The chocolate has a mild sweet aroma, and perhaps a mild saltiness of ramen noodle packets. Perhaps. However, the noodles that must be in here are so finely pulverized that their taste goes mostly unnoticed. I choose to hope that I purchased an off bar, and choose to wish that I had gone with the Savory Ramen instead.
The French Toast bar, while not terribly reminiscent of French toast, was a step in the right direction. A salty sweet caramel aroma was released upon unwrapping this bar. A syrupy flavor, similar to what I picture chocolate slathered in butter to taste like, was very strong. With large bits of “French toast,” aka bagel chips (weird, I know), this is an easy to eat bar. It also defines these, for me at least, as candy bars rather than chocolate bars. With a taste as uniform and in-your face comforting as this bar, the term “candy” is most definitely in order.
Lastly, the Tortilla Lime + Salt. The thriller of the bunch. This bar smelled a bit like old chips left out on a counter, perhaps next to an empty margarita glass. For also notable in the bar’s aromas were limey chocolate, and salt. These same aromas applied for the bar’s flavors. The corn chips, of which there were plenty, worked very well with the chocolate. However, they did taste a bit old, and had become so crunchy as to move into the realm of chewy. And in general, chewy chocolate is a bit of a head-scratcher. This chewiness distracted from an otherwise great candy bar, where the corn chips played terrifically with lime, salt and sweet milk chocolate flavors.
Next time, I’ll have to try their Savory Ramen and Apple Pie + Graham bars.
Things I find komforting about Komforte Chockolates: their bars are very easy to eat, and are also affordable – only $3.49 each! Additionally, they have a rather strange promo video that’s hard not to like, or at least be scared of. Check it out.