When Forrest Gump said, “life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get,” he sure wasn’t thinking about cannabis chocolate. But, why not switch things up and think outside the box this Valentine’s Day by adding cannabis sweets to your Valentine’s Day gift list?
Our version of thinking outside the box of chocolates Valentine’s Day includes cannabis treats to munch on, snack on, and dessert on. So surprise those you love by testing out some of these fabulous, outside-the-box chocolate cannabis recipes that will make Cupid proud!
First, though, you’re going to need cannabis-infused butter for these recipes, but let’s start with the basics here before we get started on the treats.
THC Infused Foods: What Does That Mean?
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol ) infused in food will give you the high and euphoric feelings of the cannabis plant. However, to achieve those feelings, you must first convert the cannabis plant to THC, and to do that, one must decarboxylate the cannabis plant first.
Edibles are becoming a popular way to consume cannabis. A big reason is that they are easy to make, purchase, often taste delicious, and you don’t have to inhale cannabis.
To make these tasty Valentine’s day edibles, you will first need to learn how to make cannabutter, but debarbing comes first!
Decarb Your Cannabis
Decarboxylation is a critical part of the process when making cannabis recipes. Decarboxylation is a process that involves heating cannabis to activate the compounds in the plant that turns it into THC. Unfortunately, the raw cannabis plant alone doesn’t have much THC; you must convert the plant using heat to feel the effects of THC.
When you decarb your marijuana to be used to infuse in your Valentine’s day recipes, as a result, you can expect to feel those intoxicating, euphoric feelings. After this process, you will unlock the full potential of the plant. Conversely, if you forget to decarb your Valentine’s day treats, you will feel practically no effects.
If you want easy and efficient, the best way to decarb your cannabis is by heating it. Place your marijuana in the oven at 240 degrees Fahrenheit (115 degrees Celsius) for between 45 and 60 minutes. Once your weed is decarboxylated, you’re ready to begin making cannabutter.
The next step on your Valentine’s cannabis treat journey is to melt the butter. Start by adding 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter into a pot or pan. Simmer on low and let the butter slowly melt. (Tip: adding water helps regulate the temperature and prevents the butter from scorching.
Next up, add the cannabis. Finally, add your decarbed ground cannabis product as the butter begins to melt.
Simmer and maintain low heat 200ºF and let the mixture simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Don’t forget; the mixture should never come to a full boil.
You are in the home stretch here and almost have your cannabutter!. Grab a strainer and strain your cannabutter. Use a funnel on top of your jar, line the jar with a cheesecloth, and once the butter cools, pour it over the cheesecloth and allow it to strain freely. (Tip: You might feel compelled to squeeze the cheesecloth to push more cannabutter, though, but you might be pushing through more bad-tasting plant material, keep that in mind).
Refrigerate the jar of butter for about an hour; if excess water forms at the bottom of the jar, it’s as easy as removing the solid butter with a knife and draining the water out.
Magic Chocolate Cannabis Cookies
If you already know your valentine loves cookies, these magic chocolate cannabis cookies will be a hit. Plus, who doesn’t like a chocolate chip cookie; it’s always smart when trying something new to stick with the classics.
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cannabutter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla (extract or flavoring)
2 eggs (whole)
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup of chopped nuts (optional, replace with anything you want, peanut butter chips, M&Ms, anything your heart desires)
Place your Cannabis butter into a bowl. Use another bowl and combine your dry flour, baking soda, and salt ingredients. Add white sugar and vanilla in the bowl with your cannabutter, and mix.
Into that mix, add one egg, then beat until thoroughly mixed, add the other egg, and continue to mix as you add the flour mixture from the small bowl.
Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts when thoroughly mixed. If your dough mix is ever too dry or stiff, add a tiny bit of water and continue to mix until sticky.
Preheat your oven to 374 degrees and lightly grease your baking sheet. Separate the dough into five or six even-sized balls and place them on your baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, but keep an eye on them; when they look golden brown, take them out!
Let your cookies fully cool, preferably on a wire rack. They are now ready to eat! The cannabis bud you simmered in the saucepan can be left to dry over a day or two and smoked; it won’t be very strong anymore, but hell, you don’t want to waste the bud even if it doesn’t get you too high.
Valentine's day and chocolate normally go together like avocado and toast. Also, if you take a look you don’t need to spend a lot of money on ingredients. Test out this canna-fudge on your lucky person this year.
¼ Cup cannabutter
3 Cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1 (14 oz) can sweetened Condensed Milk
In a saucepan and on Medium heat, stir everything until Chocolate and cannabutter have melted and all have combined.
Transfer Fudge mixture into a greased 8×8 inch baking dish and refrigerate for 2 Hours
EZ-PZ Cannabutter Cookies, Brownies, Muffins & More
Low on time or not the best baker, you can use a box of brownie mix (any mix that calls for butter will do) and substitute the butter in the recipe. So, if the box recipe calls for 2/3 cup of vegetable oil, substitute it for 2/3 cup of cannabutter. After that, follow the recipe from the box. These will be the easiest cannabis treats you’ve ever made!
Level Up This Valentine’s Day
Cannabis edibles can be a fun way for a couple to enjoy Valentine’s Day on another level. Always remember, with edibles, it’s easy to take more than we need - especially if the cannabis recipes are tasty! Try to take small doses to start, or try the recipes out before Valentine’s Day; this way, you can judge the potency for your Valentine, and Cupid will appreciate your efforts.