Edibles may come in more shapes, sizes, and flavors than ever, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room left for customization. When you learn how to make cannabis chocolate for yourself, you can exercise greater control over the potency, cannabinoid ratios, flavor combos, and appearance of your edibles. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of finding a 1:1 edible with high doses of both CBD and THC, or maybe you simply want the weed you eat to come in the shape of a dinosaur. Once you master the art of making weed chocolates at home, the sky’s the limit.
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Why cannabis chocolates
Simplicity. Because they require few materials and no oven or baking skills, chocolate edibles are relatively easy to make. The hardest step to master is tempering the chocolate (which we’ll get to in a minute), but even that can be overcome with a few tried-and-true techniques.
Consistent dosing. Compared to other homemade edibles that require perfectly even mixing to ensure dosing consistency, chocolates are nearly foolproof. With the recipe we’re providing, all you need is a cannabis tincture you love and the ability to read the dosing instructions on the bottle. By adding the tincture directly to each chocolate instead of mixing a specified amount to the entire batch, you can ensure each chocolate has the exact potency you’re aiming to achieve.
Complimentary chemicals. Like cannabis, cacao is a plant. But the striking similarities don’t stop there. Eating chocolate produces effects that are similar to consuming cannabis — albeit much subtler. That’s because cacao beans produce anandamide, a compound that interacts with the human brain similarly to THC, producing euphoric sensations. It’s no wonder chocolate and cannabis go together.
If you’ve never consumed edibles before or aren’t sure of the legal status of edibles in your state, this is not the guide for you. Consult our guide to trying edibles for the first time and the laws in your state before moving on to the next steps.
A word on tempering
Making weed chocolates can be broken out into two phases: tempering and candy-making. Tempering chocolate may sound advanced, but it’s all about ensuring that you melt your chocolate evenly without overheating it. There’s real science behind this involving crystal structures and precise temperatures, which you can read about in great detail here. Other guides will recommend using a double boiler, but you can achieve perfectly tempered chocolate simply by employing a plastic bowl and patience.
What’s the difference between untempered and tempered chocolate and how can you tell if you’ve tempered your chocolate correctly? When the chocolate cools and hardens, it’ll have a glossy sheen to it and will snap when you break it. Improperly tempered chocolate (or fake chocolate made with emulsifiers instead of cocoa butter) will look dull once cooled and may melt more easily at room temperature. In terms of which types of chocolate we recommend working with, dark chocolate is the easiest to melt and manipulate while white chocolate is the hardest. Chocolate chips are not recommended for chocolate making unless they contain real cocoa butter.
We are using cannabis butter to medicate this weed edible.
If you are in need of creating cannabis butter at home, we are here to help. You can purchase weed butter or make it in the comfort of your home. If you’re going to make your weed infused butter at home, you will need to pick up cannabis bud. We always recommend consulting your budtender to select the best weed strain for your cannabis edibles.
This is a couple tips for selecting your weed.
Let your dispensary representative know that you will be creating cannabutter with your marijuana buds. They can help you choose a strain that works well with cannabis cooking. Decide between a THC strain for elevating properties or a CBD bud that will not get you high.
Do not skip this very important step.
If you’re ready to create your cannabis infused butter, it is time to decarboxylate your weed. This will activate the compounds in your cannabis that give you all of its helpful properties. Unfortunately, skipping this step will make these properties null and void. Be sure to decarb your weed and reach out to us in the comments if you need any assistance with this.
Okay, you can create your cannabutter now!
Now that you are ready to create your cannabis infused butter, check out this recipe. This is the last step, and you’re onto the Chocolate Cannabis Bar! Excitingly, you can use your weed butter for a variety of recipes. Cannabis pasta, weed garlic bread, or cannabis cake are only a few ideas for your new butter. This weed extraction can go a long way!
HOW TO MAKE CANNABIS CHOCOLATE THE EASY WAY
Both chocolate and cannabis release feel-good chemicals in your brain. Also, chocolate makes cannabis more palatable by smoothing out the flavor. So, why do people love it so much? Once you try it, you will know.
The ingredient list for this recipe is short. You will need chocolate and cannabis. You can use finely ground decarboxylated cannabis or activated cannabis tincture. Use chocolate chips or baking chocolate of your choice.
DECARBOXYLATE CANNABIS FOR MAKING CHOCOLATE
In order to decarboxylate cannabis, break dry cannabis into small pieces, spread out evenly on a baking tray and put into a 240°F preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Place decarbed cannabis into a coffee/spice grinder or use mortar/pestle and grind to a fine powder.
Heat baking chocolate or chocolate chips in a bowl placed on top of a pot of hot water. The bowl must have a larger diameter than the pot to prevent water from contaminating the chocolate. Do not cover the bowl when heating chocolate.
Once the chocolate melts and has a runny consistency, add the ground decarbed cannabis or activated tincture. Mix very well. Continue to heat gently until you have a smooth pourable consistency.
Pour into chocolate molds being careful not to get any water in the chocolate. Let chocolates cool at room temperature.
Store chocolate in a cool, dry place 65 to 68°F with humidity under 55%. The chocolate will remain stable for months.
ESSENTIAL CHOCOLATE MAKING TIPS
You can add lecithin granules to chocolate to improve the viscosity of your chocolate.
Moisture and chocolate do not mix. Never add water, honey, syrup or vanilla extract when making chocolate. The chocolate will seize, thus it will not flow into molds.
Super Easy Cannabis Chocolate Recipe
If you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen, super easy cannabis chocolate is not complicated and contains only a few ingredients.
- Chocolate Molds
- Double Boiler
- 300 g chocolate chips or baking chocolate
- decarboxylated cannabis or activated tincture use preferred dose
- Heat baking chocolate or chocolate chips in a bowl placed on top of a pot of hot water. The bowl must have a larger diameter than the pot to prevent water from contaminating the chocolate. Do not cover the bowl when heating chocolate.
- Once the chocolate melts and has a runny consistency, add the ground decarbed cannabis or activated tincture. Mix very well. Continue to heat gently until you have a smooth pourable consistency.
- Pour into chocolate molds being careful not to get any water in the chocolate. Let chocolates cool at room temperature.
You can add lecithin granules to increase the viscosity of chocolate, making it easier to pour.
Do Not Add Liquids
Do not add honey, syrup, vanilla extract or any other liquids to chocolate.