We'd wager that for most of us, it's what we ate as children. Whether that's mac n' cheese or sushi dipped in soy sauce, the flavors, smells, and textures of these childhood foods have some inexplicable link in our brains with being safe, happy, and comforted. One bite and our hearts slow down and our muscles relax
That's not always true, though. Personally, I've noticed that miso soup, which I had never tasted until college, has become one of my go-to comfort foods. And the dark chocolate that many of us crave is definitely not a taste we necessarily associate with our younger years!
The fact of the matter is that when we're in need of comfort, we somehow instinctively know what food will sooth and help us cope. It's not always an entirely rational connection, but as long as it does the trick, we say go for it.
What's your comfort food?