How To Make Cannabis Infused Chocolate
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Everyone loves chocolate. It’s rich in taste and flavors, it’s versatile in its uses. It can be a fun snack or a romantic gift for a significant other, and it’s easy to pair with cannabis. Learning how to make cannabis infused chocolate will definitely be a game changer for you, as it is one of the simplest recipes to make. With these infusion recipes, you’ll be making your own edibles at home in no time.
The easiest method by far is to infuse it with cannabutter or cannaoil if you already have some. If you don’t have any cannabutter and would like to give it a try, here’s a helpful blog post about preparing infused ingredients for cooking. However, you could also make chocolate with decarbed flower or kief, or infuse it with concentrates. This article will cover all three methods, so that you can pick the one that’s best and more convenient for you.
What you need
The things you need to make THC infused chocolate aren’t many, and it also depends on what you want to do with the chocolate once it’s infused. The basic tools and ingredients you require are the following.
- 1 cup of melting chocolate, or your chocolate of choice.
- Measuring cups
- Measuring tablespoon
- Your THC infusion method of choice
- Food thermometer, if you care about tempering the chocolate.
- Double boiler. If you do not have one of these, you can make your own with a metal bowl for cooking and a pot.
Step 1: Melting the chocolate
The first thing you are going to do is take our double boiler or its makeshift alternative and put some water in the pot or bottom of the double boiler. Then, turn on the stove to a low heat. you don’t really want the water in the bottom to be full on boiling, but steaming a little. This water vapor is what will melt the chocolate.
After the stove is on, you must then put the top of the double boiler. Make sure that the bottom of your bowl doesn’t touch the water in the pot or saucepan below. Then, you place our chocolate inside, but don’t put all of it in yet! Put in 2/3rds of a cup of your chocolate. I recommend using melting chocolate, as this will probably get you the best and smoother results. Several companies sell this and it usually comes in chips or wafers. However, you can technically melt any chocolate bar you like, you just have to break it into small pieces. Here are some recommendations from a baker’s blog. You can grab a rubber spatula and start stirring the chocolate as it begins to melt.
If you are interested in tempering the chocolate for a brighter and smoother end product, you have to start measuring the temperature of the chocolate as it melts. It’s also a more time consuming process but it can be worth it, especially if you are using the chocolate to make infused candies for a special gift. If you don’t really care about the final appearance of your chocolate, you can skip this step and just continue melting the chocolate.
* Step 1.2: For those interested in tempering the chocolate, this is where your food thermometer comes in. Chocolate usually melts at around 86°F and 90°F (30°C - 32°F), but you want our chocolate to get a bit hotter than that. If you are using dark chocolate, you must control the temperature to never go over 120°F (48°C). For milk or white chocolate, the maximum temperature is 105°F (40°C).
Once the chocolate is melted, remove it from the stove and add the remaining ⅓ of a cup of chocolate in while stirring. The next step is infusing, and if you’re tempering you will find additional instructions by the end of the next section.
Step 2: Infuse
As I mentioned before, there are different methods that you can use for infusing your chocolate with cannabis. Each has its pros and cons, depending on your situation and what kind of materials you’re working with.
The Cannabutter method
In my opinion, this is the simplest way to make great THC chocolate. Once your cup of chocolate is melted you add in two tablespoons of cannabutter or cannaoil. It’s important that you remember this ratio of 1 cup–2 tbsp, because otherwise your chocolate will not turn out nicely in the end, in terms of taste, texture and structure.
This is why this method is best for microdosing or creating chocolates with low doses. If you’re looking for a higher dose cannabis chocolate, you might find yourself limited in the amount of THC butter or oil you can include in the mix. With this method, the chocolate must be left in a fridge or freezer, otherwise it will melt at room temperature due to the added oil/butter.
For best results, you could use cannabis infused cocoa butter. The cocoa butter enhances the chocolate’s natural taste and it blends easier into the chocolate mix, turning out in a prettier, smoother chocolate once it hardens.
The Decarbed Flower/Kief method
This method is really simple if you already have decarbed weed. If you have one of those vaporizers that decarb your flower, you’re all set. If you don’t know how to decarb your flower, here is an article on the blog about it.
Now, with your melted chocolate, the only thing you have to do to infuse it is to add your decarbed flower or kief into the mix and stir it in. For best results in terms of taste, it is recommended that kief is used.
The convenient thing about this method is that the chocolate resulting from it does not have to forcibly be kept inside a fridge or freezer. They survive at room temperature just fine. You’re also not limited in the amount of THC you can throw in, as there is no butter to worry about. This can result in stronger edibles, if you so desire. However, the main downside to this method would be the texture. Some people might not like eating chocolate with plant bits in it. This might also make the chocolate trickier to temper.
The Concentrate method
This method is also very simple if you have access to cannabis concentrates at a dispensary. The concentrates that can be used are products such as distillate or shatter. Literally the only thing you need to do is add the amount of concentrate you would like to go in your chocolate, you stir it in and you’re done.
The only thing about this method is that you need to be very careful about the amount of THC concentrate you pour in. With this method it is very easy to end up with some really potent edibles. The texture is also very good, as most of the plant fragments have been removed in the concentration process.
* Step 2.2: For the brave ones tempering the chocolate. While you are mixing in the rest of the chocolate, you have to keep on measuring the temperature of the chocolate. Once the chocolate cools down to around 82°F (27°C), you must put it back on the boiler over simmering water. For dark chocolate, you must reheat the chocolate to 88°F to 91°F (31°C to 32.7°C). For milk and white chocolate, reheat from 85°F to 87°F (29°C to 30°C). Once the chocolate has been reheated to the right temperature, remove the bowl from the double boiler.
After that, you grab a spoon and a piece of wax paper and smear a spoonful of your melted chocolate and see if you’re content with the brightness and finish. If you still feel like the chocolate could be smoother or brighter, or it has not yet gotten to that flawless look you’re searching for, repeat the tempering process stated in Step 1.2 and 2.2 until you’re happy with the look of your chocolate.
Step 3: What to do with this chocolate? Chocolate Edibles
Now you have a bowl of melted infused cannabis chocolate. Here comes the fun part. There are several things you can do with it.
You can pour it into the mold of your choice. If you want to make them into small chocolates, you can use a chocolate mold or a rubber ice cube tray to pour the mixture in. You put these in the fridge to cool, and you can eat tiny bite-sized chocolate edibles for your eating pleasure. You can stick them into the freezer if you want them to last a while longer.
If you don’t have a chocolate mold, however… there are still other ways to use this cannabis chocolate.
THC Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Another easy and romantic option would be some chocolate covered strawberries. Your chocolate doesn’t necessarily need tempering to make some nice strawberries. You just need some clean strawberries and a baking sheet with wax paper to lay them out on.
You dip the strawberries into the melted chocolate and place them on your baking tray. You can decorate them a little with sprinkles or chopped walnuts, or if you’re feeling fancy, you could make another batch of cannabis infused chocolate of a different type (say, white chocolate) and drizzle it on top. After this, you put the tray inside your fridge and wait for the chocolate to harden. Enjoy!
THC Infused S’mores
Who doesn’t love s’mores? You don’t have to roast your marshmallows over a campfire to be able to enjoy this sweet treat! With your chocolate still warm, you could grab some graham crackers and spread a little of the melted chocolate on top. Grab your marshmallow and roast it over your lighter, if nothing else is available.
If you wanna go camping though, and have some THC s’mores… Okay, so I haven’t tried this but I was really high thinking about this article and thought of this. You could coat or dip your graham crackers in the THC infused chocolate. You can lay them out on a baking sheet with some wax paper, and let the chocolate harden in the fridge or freezer. You can pack them and put them in your cooler, so that you have some THC infused snacks on your nature trip, with some friends and a bonfire.
THC Chocolate Fondue
Get your stoner friends together and make it a party! Keep your chocolate warm and whip up a fondue board. You can use an actual cutting board or just use a plate to lay out an assortment of dippable goodies:
- Your favorite cookies
- Cubed cake
- Follow the munchies
Be creative with it! Anything can be dipped in chocolate. The possibilities are endless.
If you’re not in the mood for chocolate… there are also plenty of other recipe ideas over at our blog to enjoy with your friends the next time you guys get together.
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