Komforte Chockolates: Testing the Boundaries of Extreme
From the wilderness of choco-extremity emerges a new company, Komforte Chockolates, which just might have a cure for your boring chocolate woes
Heard the buzz about Komforte Chockolates yet?
Y'know, some chocolatiers just seems to have a natural grasp on what extreme chocolate means...and we're happy to say that Komforte, which appeared on the scene rather recently, happens to be one of them.
I mean, come on: with flavors like Savory Ramen, Tortilla Lime + Salt, and French Toast, how can they be other than extreme? And let's not forget the giant sentient chocolate bar of their cheesy commercials, who gets devoured by his human friends...
Whose Idea Was This?
Chocolate has become a truly international phenomenon, and one tends to expect the best chocolates to emerge from hoity-toity countries like France and Switzerland, which have lifted theobromine ingestion to a fine art.
That said, truly extreme chocolate -- from chocolate covered seaweed to heat resistant chocolate, weird Kit-Kat flavors to choco-nachos -- is likely to originate in one of two countries: Japan or the United States. Say what you will about all our differences, both countries are choco-brothers under the skin.
Well, Which Is It?
Despite their apparent ramen fetish, not to mention the tricky spelling, Komforte is an American company. Californian, actually (insert lame Cali joke here).The idea was to produce upscale chocolates containing fun ingredients with a kind of "comfort food" feel to them.
Which is all well and good... but most people eat ramen because it's cheap, not comfortable. As I know far too well from my college days. Speaking of which, the founders are young guys not too far from college age themselves. Hmmm.
Any misfire with the not one but two ramen flavors is overcome by the fact that for most sane people, chocolate is already the ultimate comfort food in all its myriad forms, except maybe chocolate sauerkraut cake. And the Tortilla Lime + Salt, French Toast, and Apple Pie flavors...those hit pretty close to the mark.
The Retail Detail
Make no mistake, these candy bars are indeed upscale -- though at $3.49 per 2.5 ounce bar they're not as expensive as a certain bacon-chocolate bar we love around here, and they're lots cheaper than chocolate truffles. You can buy them from Amazon, from their company website, and at some retail stores.
Let's bottom line it: are they worth the price? Well, that's up to you, but my vote is yes. I've experienced the French Toast and Apple Pie + Graham flavors, and they're superbly yummy. At the very least, they're worth asking for as a Christmas or birthday present here and there.
The makers of Komforte Chockolates claim that at the end of the day, they're simply having fun...and having experienced these flavors, we tend to agree!