Incense Comfits - Labdanum Drop Coated with Fine Resins
Incense Comfits are a new “incense confection” experiment of mine. First were Pastilles then Sugarplums, and now Comfits. They were quite time-consuming to create, but it is what I love to do!
Comfits look like a tiny chocolate cookie, but they are a drop of raw Labdanum surrounded by a “Sugar shell” of blended powdered resins, absolutes, and agarwood. They are also individually wrapped in a festive gold foil.
7 Comfits come individually wrapped in a classy black candy Tin. Created to be heated on the Golden Lotus Electric Heater. After they become soft and brown sugar-like on the Heater, I recommend breaking them apart or turning the comfit over to get all the rich fragrance.
Black Frankincense, Yemeni Myrrh, Carmel Benzoin, Agarwood and Oud, raw Labdanum resin from Crete, Black Current Absolute
What are Comfits?
A comfit is a seed, nut, or scrap of spice coated with a layer of hard sugar, like the crunchy outer case of an M&M. In the 17th century, popular innards for comfits included caraway, fennel, coriander, and cardamom seeds, almonds, walnuts, raisins, ginger, cinnamon, and aniseed. Tiny comfits—“hundreds and thousands,” “shot comfits,” or nonpareils”—were made by sugar-coating minuscule celery seeds; “long comfits” were sugar-coated strips of cinnamon bark or citrus peel.
Comfits are thought to be one of the world’s oldest sugar candies. They most likely started life as medicine, devised by Arab apothecaries as treatments for indigestion, and were brought to Europe via Genoese and Venetian sugar traders. The Tudors ate them as stomach-settlers at the end of their sizable meals, along with a glass of spiced wine."
Read the whole National Geographic article by Rebecca Rupp