Marijuana and chocolate are two of the most exciting ingredients you can combine in a recipe because they are in perfect symphony with each other. Chocolate is a tasty treat that can cover up the strong taste of weed and enhance its psychoactive effects.
Making cannabis-infused chocolate at home is easy, and it is a surprisingly enjoyable experience that you can do in an hour or less. You do not need to have a background in culinary arts to make a perfect batch, but you do require focus and constant practice to produce high-quality chocolate treats.
Why are Weed Chocolates Popular?
Chocolate contains substances that mimic the function of cannabinoids in the body. It increases the levels of anandamide, a neurotransmitter that can enhance the experience of bliss. Therefore, it can improve the euphoric effect of weed.
When marijuana became legal, eating it as an edible grew popular across Canada and other parts of the world. Even in ancient times, many cultures enjoyed eating cannabis edibles and drinking cannabis-infused beverages.
Chocolate and cannabis are pretty similar because they interact with the human endocannabinoid system to produce positive bodily reactions. When taken together, they create an even better high.
How to Make Cannabis-infused Chocolate
Recipe 1: Using Cocoa Powder
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Refrigeration: 30-45 minutes
- Measuring spoon
- Measuring cup
- Small saucepan
- Chocolate mould
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Three tablespoons honey or another natural sweetener
- 125ml cannabis-infused oil (preferably coconut oil or cocoa butter)
- Melt the cannabis oil in the saucepan in low heat
- Once the oil has melted, add the cocoa powder and stir occasionally
- Add the honey or sweetener and vanilla extract and mix well
- Pour the mixture into a glass bowl, then use a spoon to transfer it into the chocolate mould
- Refrigerate the finished product for at least 30 minutes or until solid
You can make your cannabis chocolate following this simple recipe. You can also add other ingredients into the mix to make more exciting chocolate edibles. For example, you can add 1/8 cup of your favourite nuts to provide nuttiness to the finished product. Instead of nuts, you can add 1/4 cup of chopped dried fruits such as raspberry or blackberry.
The potency of the edible will depend on the strength of the cannabis coconut oil. You can make your canna coconut oil or buy a ready-made one.
Recipe 2: Using Chocolate Chips
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Refrigeration: 30-45 minutes
- Double Boiler
- Candy Mold
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Two tablespoons cannabis coconut oil or cannabis butter
- Place one cup of water to fill the bottom part of the double boiler. Place the top pan on the double boiler and set the stove to medium heat.
- Add the chocolate chips to the top pan as the pot begins to simmer.
- The heat from the simmering water will melt the chocolates on the top pan. Stir the melted chocolate occasionally for about 5 minutes or until it is fully melted.
- Add the cannabis butter or cannabis coconut oil and stir well.
- As soon as everything is combined, please turn off the stove, remove the top pan and set it aside.
- Use a spoon to scoop the melted chocolate mixture and place it into the candy mould cavities.
- Give the mould a quick tap against the table or countertop surface to get rid of air bubbles.
- Place the mould in a freezer or refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until the product solidifies.
- Enjoy the final product right away or keep it refrigerated for future consumption.
You can replace the two tablespoons of cannabis butter for the above recipe with either 1 gram of ground decarboxylated cannabis flower or 1 gram of cannabis concentrate. If you use cannabis-infused oil or butter, you may have to keep the finished product refrigerated to avoid melting. If you want to make cannabis chocolate more stable at room temperature, consider replacing the oil with ground flower or concentrate.
Using ground decarbed cannabis is a good option if you do not have any cannabutter available. If you want to increase the potency of the edible, you can freely add more ground cannabis. You can use your favourite cannabis strain or any other variety. You do not need to keep the finished products refrigerated after they have solidified. You can store them in a glass or plastic container for future consumption. The only downside is that the plant matter may add texture and taste that other users may not find appealing.
If you have cannabis concentrates, you can use them to infuse your chocolates instead of cannabutter. Concentrates are not as accessible to other consumers, but it is an excellent replacement for cannabis butter if you can get them. Just remember that concentrates are very potent and may not be suitable for beginners. Nonetheless, if you have an excellent tolerance to weed, you can freely add as much concentrate to the mixture based on your tolerance level. If you use concentrates, you do not have to keep the chocolates refrigerated, and you can put them in any container for portability and take them with you for future consumption.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate?
The choice is up to you. You can use any chocolate chip. Dark chocolate has a bitter taste and is perfect for people who prefer cannabis chocolate that is not too sweet. If you want a creamier product, use milk chocolate. It contains cocoa butter which will add a creamier texture to the finished chocolates.
For variety, you can use white chocolate chips and still achieve the same results. White chocolate does not contain any cocoa mass but is made of cocoa butter and sugar. It will yield a creamier product but lacks the taste of cocoa. You can experiment with any of these options, but make sure to pay attention to your dosing during the chocolate-making process.
What Kind of Mold Should I Use?
Chocolate moulds come in many shapes and sizes. If you want to make cannabis-themed chocolates, use a cannabis leaf mould. The finished product will at least warn people that the chocolate contains weed. If you’re going to make chocolate bars, use a traditional chocolate bar mould.
Can I Use Cannabis-infused Cocoa Butter?
Yes, you can replace the cannabis coconut oil with cannabis cocoa butter instead. This vegetable fat is a good option for making chocolates and baked goods, and it has a tender texture and unique flavour. If you are working with cocoa powder or dark chocolate, use cocoa butter to add more of the scent of cocoa to the mix. The more pungent smell and flavour of cocoa will balance any strong flavour and aroma of weed.
How to Temper Cannabis Chocolate
If you want to make your chocolates look professionally produced, you have to temper them. Tempered chocolate makes homemade edibles because the finished product has a smooth, shiny texture even when placed at room temperature. When you create chocolates with a snappy texture, you will not be ashamed to eat them in public or serve them to your friends.
Remember these Rules:
- Do not heat the chocolate above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. When melting chocolates, keep them at this ideal temperature.
- Do not expose the melted chocolates to water. Water can make the chocolate lumpy. You want it to remain smooth as possible before you put them into the candy moulds.
Benefits of Tempering Chocolate
Tempering creates a nice texture on the chocolate coating. It makes it glossy, smooth, and satisfying. When your chocolates are tempered, they do not have to be refrigerated. You can keep them in a container and take them with you anywhere. When bitten, the chocolate will make a satisfying snap.
It takes a lot of practice to master the process of tempering. You have to control the chocolate’s reheating, melting, and cooling at a given temperature range. If the chocolate is not tempered, it becomes unstable and will not be easy to mould. Tempering stabilizes the crystals in the cocoa butter to make them smooth, shiny, and snappy when cooled.
How to Make Cannabis-infused Butter
You can make your cannabutter or canna-oil if you cannot find any ready-made cannabis infusions in your location. In this case, we will be using cocoa butter, the fat extracted from cocoa beans. This pale or whitish-yellow fat remains solid at room temperature because it has a low melting point. Despite being considered saturated fat, it is deemed as a healthy fat similar to coconut oil.
Coconut oil is the most common oil infused with cannabis. However, if you want to enhance the flavour of your cannabis-infused chocolates, there is a good reason to substitute coconut oil with butter from the cocoa seeds. The finished cannabis chocolates will have a more chocolatey taste. Also, they will remain solid at room temperature but will conveniently melt in your mouth.
- 4 ounces cocoa butter (in solid form)
- ¼ ounce of your favourite marijuana strain
- Baking sheet
- Double boiler
- Weed grinder
- Decarboxylate the marijuana first. The decarboxylation process will activate the compounds in flowers. Without this process, the weed will not have any effect. To proceed, scatter it on a baking sheet and toast it in the oven for 30-40 minutes at 240 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn the flower a few times to get an even bake. Remove the flower from the oven and set it aside to cool. Grind the flower properly.
- As you are grinding, you can set up the double boiler on the stove. Add one or two cups of water to it and let it simmer. Put the cocoa butter into the top pan and let it melt.
- Add the ground marijuana and let it cook for about 3 hours over low heat. Stir occasionally every 15 to 20 minutes. The cooking is done when the butter has become thick and has a greenish texture to it. Make sure not to let the water in the bottom pan dry up. Replenish the water when it gets low.
- Use a cheesecloth to strain the plant material as you transfer the infused butter into a heat proof container. You can keep it at room temperature or refrigerate it. Melt the butter again when making chocolate cannabis.
Feel free to add more butter and more weed as you wish. If you want to make chocolate frequently, you are going to need more canna-infused butter.
Choosing the Right Cannabis Strain
The strain of marijuana that you will use to infuse your butter or oil will affect the outcome. Different strains have different effects on the user. For example, Indica strains often produce a more relaxing effect, while Sativa strains provide a more energizing effect.
If you are experimenting with new strains, make sure to do your research about each strain before infusing it into any product. As part of your cannabis education, learn about the kind of flavours the strain may produce. Remember that the aroma and taste of the strain will affect the aroma and flavour of your chocolate recipe.
The key to making the best cannabis chocolate is to experiment and practice frequently. Start with a small batch first before making large batches. The more you practice with the craft, the more likely you will succeed in making cannabis chocolates that are delicious and potent.
Making cannabis chocolate is fun and incredibly easy with the recipes above. You do not have to be a master chef to start making these delicious treats. However, it takes some practice and dedication to make chocolates that look professionally made.
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