Cannabis and chocolate, what could be better? Only cannabis chocolate, of course!
Cannabis and chocolate are a match made in heaven. Both have been used by humans for centuries, medicinally, ceremonially, and, of course, for sheer pleasure.
It is difficult to improve on two of nature’s most perfect creations, but it is possible to enjoy them even more by combining them. And, best of all, cannabis chocolate is not only delicious but also super simple to make at home.
Read on to learn how to make cannabis chocolate in just seven easy steps and how to get the maximum enjoyment from your culinary creation.
Benefits of Cannabis Chocolate
As if you needed any more encouragement, here are some of the amazing benefits of cannabis-infused chocolate:
Cannabis Chocolate is Packed with Antioxidants
Cannabis is rich in compounds called flavonoids. These are potent antioxidants which have a whole host of potential benefits for the human body. Chocolate is also filled with these nutritional powerhouses, making cannabis-infused chocolate both tasty and good for your health.
Some of the reported benefits of chocolate include improving heart health and having aphrodisiac properties, while cannabis may help to relieve pain, nausea, anxiety, and a wide range of other conditions.
Chocolate is a Healthy Way to Enjoy Marijuana
Marijuana chocolate, and edibles in general, are a healthy way to enjoy weed as they eliminate the need for smoking or vaping, both of which carry certain risks.
Cannabis Chocolate Tastes Divine
We all know that chocolate tastes great, and it perfectly complements the earthy, spicy flavor of weed. For the very best taste, we recommend choosing a cannabis strain with a complex terpene profile such as Zkittlez or Super Lemon Haze. However, it’s all about personal taste, so choose a strain that you know you like, and you will surely be onto a winner.
Cannabis Chocolate is Ridiculously Easy to Make
You can make your own cannabis chocolate in just a few simple steps with equipment that you would find in any average kitchen. So, if you’re craving a sweet and medicinal treat, check out our step-by-step guide to making your own moreish marijuana-based treats. We think you’ll love the results!
How to Make Cannabis Chocolate
However, if you are after a recipe which is quick, easy, and fun to make, this is the one for you. You only need some basic, store cupboard ingredients and equipment to make this cannabis-infused chocolate at home. It also requires a minimal amount of skill.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3–5g high-quality bud
- A baking sheet and parchment paper for decarboxylation (see below)
- 100g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa is best), broken into small pieces
- A glass bowl
- A saucepan
- A chocolate mold, ice cube tray, or similar
Step 1: Decarboxylate Your Cannabis
Before you start making your weed-infused chocolate, you need to decarboxylate your bud. This process converts the THCA and CBDA found in raw marijuana into their more active forms, THC and CBD. It may seem like an excessive amount of effort, but decarboxylating your cannabis is definitely worth doing. If you skip this stage and throw raw weed into your chocolate, you will probably be disappointed with the results.
The easiest way to decarb your weed is to grind it finely and spread it on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Place the ground bud into an oven which has been preheated to around 240°F/115°C and bake for approximately 30 minutes. Check your weed and heat for a further 5–10 minutes if necessary. When it is ready, it will be dried out and slightly toasted in color, but not burnt.
Once the decarboxylation process is complete, set your weed aside and move onto step 2.
Step 2: Melt Your Chocolate
Find a bowl which fits comfortably into the top of your saucepan without touching the bottom. Pour enough hot water into your pan to cover the base well, but ensure it does not reach as high as the base of the bowl.
Place your broken-up chocolate into the bowl, and set it over the pan. Place on a medium heat so that the water is simmering but not boiling too hard. This ‘double-boiler’ or ‘bain-marie’ method of cooking ensures that the chocolate will melt without burning or sticking to the bowl.
Keep stirring your chocolate frequently until it melts into a thick, velvety liquid which is free from lumps, then remove from the heat.
Step 3: Mix in Your Ground Cannabis
Add your ground cannabis to the chocolate and stir well to ensure that it is distributed evenly. This will work better if your cannabis is very finely ground.
Step 4: Pour into Molds
You can purchase special chocolate molds, or simply use a regular ice cube tray. In a pinch, you could even make one large block of chocolate and cut it into squares later, although this will be more difficult once your cannabis chocolate sets hard.
Step 5: Remove Air Bubbles
Gently drop your filled molds onto the kitchen counter a few times to release any air bubbles that are trapped in the chocolate mix. Avoid overfilling your molds in step 4 so they do not spill.
Step 6: Refrigerate Your Cannabis Chocolate
Place your cannabis chocolate in the refrigerator to set. This could take as little as 10–15 minutes but may take longer depending on what type of chocolate you use and how deep your molds are.
Step 7: Enjoy Responsibly!
Once your cannabis chocolate is set, remove it from the molds and enjoy. If you are new to marijuana edibles, be warned, they pack a punch. One of these chocolates could be plenty, so go slow. Edibles also take up to two hours to kick in, so don’t be fooled into thinking they aren’t working and taking another dose too soon. Trust us, you will regret it!
Hints and Tips for the Best Cannabis Chocolate Recipe
There are many different ways to make cannabis chocolate, and the above recipe is one of the simplest out there. To get the most out of this basic recipe, try the following hints and tips:
Use the Best Chocolate You Can Afford
Using high-quality chocolate can elevate your marijuana edibles to the next level with the minimum amount of effort. The best chocolate should only include a few ingredients: Cocoa mass, sugar, and cocoa butter or lecithin.
It is also a good idea to use the highest cocoa percentage you can find to maximize the potential benefits of your chocolate. If you find dark chocolate overly bitter, you could use milk or white chocolate instead. However, these options are far less healthy and, in our experience, much less satisfying.
Temper Your Chocolate for a Professional Finish
While tempering your chocolate isn’t 100% necessary, it does improve the texture of the finished product. It also reduces the likelihood of your chocolate ‘blooming’, meaning that it sets with a matt finish and unappetizing white patches.
To temper your chocolate like a pro, you will need a food thermometer. Melt around two-thirds of your chocolate as above, then remove from the heat. Add the remaining chocolate and return to the heat along with your thermometer. When the temperature reaches 88–90°F/31–32°C and the second batch of chocolate has melted, it is tempered and ready for use.
Tempering works best with large quantities of chocolate, and a minimum of 1 kg is recommended. Any leftover tempered chocolate can be stored for future use (if it survives that long).
Try These Cannabis Chocolate Variations
When you’ve got the hang of this basic cannabis chocolate recipe, you can mix it up by adding extras such as nuts, raisins, orange zest, popping candy, or even a pinch of chili powder. Try experimenting with different textures and flavors to find the perfect blend for you.
How to Make Cannabis Chocolate: Final Thoughts
Our simple cannabis chocolate recipe is fun and easy to make, and tastes fantastic too. The only downside is that you could be tempted to overindulge and end up getting way higher than intended!
If you decide to give our cannabis chocolate recipe a try, we would love to hear how you get on. We would also love to know if you have any other tried and tested recipes for marijuana edibles to share with our community. Post them in the comments below!