There were a few items I needed to pick up to make tom kha, so I headed out to our friendly neighborhood handy-dandy Uwajimaya.
While there, I happened upon this freak of nature:
After staring in dull incomprehension for some time, with occasional muttered interjections of "the hell?" and "but WHY?" and so forth, I bought it and took it home. Really, how could you not?
The unveiling. Note the apparent lack of eight-for-a-dollar pasta in evidence.
Ah, but when I snapped off a piece, the mysterious amendment was revealed! It appeared to be in the same pre-fried but uncooked form that comes straight from the bag, with which starving students everywhere are intimately familiar.
Nothing left to do but try it. *nosh*
The ramen noodles in this chocolate are pretty few and far between, offering more texture than taste; the texture itself is something akin to soft nuts or cornflakes. The shape, size and markings on the bar strongly suggest that Komforte is made and/or owned by the same outfit that makes Seattle Chocolates.
The quality of the chocolate itself is pretty good. It's good enough that it could stand on its own without playing up the quirk factor (Komforte's other offbeat chocolate bar flavors include French Toast and Tortilla Lime + Salt), but then they probably wouldn't be able to command premium prices for these chocolate bars. I'll probably try the others just to see what they're like, but I suspect the novelty factor wears off pretty quickly -- and then all you have left to market is an overpriced chocolate bar.