How to make weed chocolates

Say you use 1 oz of cannabis flower to make a pound of coconut butter. That means you should be 1oz of cannabis distributed throughout that 1 lb of canna coco oil.

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This is a quick and easy recipe for making delicious cannabis chocolate bars. The recipe includes only 5 ingredients, and also is completed in just 5 simple steps. And really takes between 1-2 hours start to finish.

  • 1/4 cup cannabis coconut oil (~50 grams)
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • nuts
  • fruits & berries (dried or fresh)
  • peanut butter
  • pieces of chocolate
  • measuring cups and spoons (cup, 1/4 cup, 1/2 teaspoon, 1/2 tablespoon)
  • fork or spoon
  • spatula
  • digital scale
  • pyrex bowl
  • frying pan or flat bottomed pan
  • oven mitten
  • 24 oz (710mL) tupperware
  • parchment paper
  • whisk
  • depends on how long the chocolate bar is allowed to cool during step 5

Step 1: Measuring

Start by measuring and adding each of the ingredients (cacao powder, cannabis coconut oil, maple syrup, honey, vanilla extract) into the pyrex bowl.

We recommend using a scale for measuring out the cannabis coconut oil. It is a great tool for determining approximate strength of your edibles.

See determining strength & potency below for more information.

Step 2: Heating & Mixing

Once all of the ingredients are in the pyrex bowl. Heat a frying pan on medium heat and add water into the pan. Place the pyrex bowl into the frying pan. You want a decent amount of water to be in the frying pan at all times. However not enough so that it will overflow once the water comes to a full boil. Depending on the heat setting, you may need to reapply water to the pan during this step.

Remember to only use glassware that is heat tempered such as pyrex glass. If you are not sure, use a smaller sauce pan instead of the glass bowl. As long as water can boil between them it will work fine.

Using a spoon or fork or whisk, begin to mix the ingredients. The cannabis coconut oil and other liquids will begin to turn the cacao powder into a gel. Continue to stir vigorously throughout this process.

Should the mixture be overly soupy or oily, add more cacao powder in small amounts.
Should the mixture be too crumbly and dry add more regular coconut oil (non-cannabis).

Most importantly, be aware of the temperature, as you do not want to burn the chocolate. You are simply trying to melt all of the ingredients evenly.

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Step 3: Pouring the Cannabis Chocolate

Once all of the ingredients have dissolved, you are ready to pour the cannabis chocolate into your tupperware container. Turn off the stove and using the oven mittens and a spatula, carefully pour into the tupperware. The spatula will help you retrieve all that was in the pyrex bowl and also level out the bar.

Be careful here as the bowl will still be quite hot to the touch.

Avoid spilling the chocolate on the upper part of the tupperware as it will not be part of the finished molding at the bottom.

Step 4: Freezing the Cannabis Chocolate Bar

Depending on how cold your fridge / freezer is, this step can take around 30-60 minutes. If you are not in a rush to make use of your homemade cannabis chocolate edible it can stay in the freezer for months.

Step 5: Scoring the Cannabis Chocolate Bar for Proper Dosing

This is actually one of the most crucial steps in this process, aside from standard safety while cooking. Once the bar has had time to harden you need to score the bar into even parts.

This is really important so that you and everyone who enjoys this bar knows approximately how much they are ingesting. For reference I tend to break it down into 20 or 25 equal pieces.

It is always possible to eat more should you realize the dosing is too weak for your needs. Please be careful and do not overdose yourself or others.

Determining Strength and Potency of your Cannabis Chocolate Edible

Say you use 1 oz of cannabis flower to make a pound of coconut butter. That means you should be 1oz of cannabis distributed throughout that 1 lb of canna coco oil.

This recipe uses 50g of canna coco oil. Which is approximately 1/10th of that 1 lb of oil. So you can assume the entire cannabis chocolate bar will then contain approximately 1/10th of an ounce of cannabis or roughly 2.8 grams

And by breaking the bar into equal parts, let’s say 4 parts, you then can predict the approximate strength from what it started at. In this example each piece of the bar would contain around 0.7 grams of active cannabis oil.

Everyone responds to edibles differently. So until you know your own tolerance, start with smaller doses.

  • Long-term Storage: the 24oz tupperware is a cost effective method for creating the chocolate molds, and using the recipe above you can also fit 4 bars into a single tupperware. In the freezer these bars can last for at least 6 months.
  • When using Fruit & Berries: keep in mind that fruit and berries can reduce the shelf-life of your chocolate edibles. They should be always refrigerated, and consumed in no more than 1-2 weeks. Freeze your cannabis chocolate bar for longer storage.
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How to make weed chocolates

How to make weed chocolates

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.

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.

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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.

Bottom line, make sure to look for cocoa butter in the ingredient list and take your time melting the chocolate to avoid overheating.

How to make cannabis chocolate

How to make weed chocolates

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How to make weed chocolates

To get started, you will need.

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Plastic bowl
  • Microwave
  • Spatula
  • Spoon
  • Oil spray or cannabutter
  • Chocolate molds
  • 9 ounces real, high-quality chocolate
  • Cannabis tincture of your choice

Steps for the tempering phase:

  1. Finely chop the chocolate.
  2. Put your finely chopped chocolate in a plastic bowl.
  3. Heat the chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  4. Stir the chocolate thoroughly.
  5. Heat again for another 30 seconds.
  6. Stir thoroughly.
  7. Heat for 15 seconds.
  8. Stir thoroughly.
  9. Heat for 10 seconds.
  10. Stir thoroughly.
  11. The instant most of the chocolate is melted, don’t heat it anymore but continue stirring until it’s thoroughly melted.

Steps for the candy-making phase:

  1. Spray your chocolate molds with oil or coat with cannabutter for added potency.
  2. Spoon the melted chocolate into the molds, filling them halfway.
  3. Add a few drops of tincture to each mold, dosing the same amount in each for consistency.
  4. Add nuts, dried fruits, or potato chips, the size of your molds allowing.
  5. Fill the rest of the molds with melted chocolate.
  6. Cool in the refrigerator for an hour.
  7. Pop the chocolates out of the molds.
  8. Enjoy!

Storage tips

To store your homemade cannabis chocolates properly and preserve the flavor and potency, keep them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Keep your chocolates away from light so they don’t melt or spoil. Depending on the fillings you add to your chocolates, they should stay fresh for several weeks or more when stored properly.

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Reviewed by Kate Ryan on 12/7/22