Making Chocolate Bars with Cannabis Oil
Are you a canna-chef looking for a recipe that combines chocolate with cannabis oil?
Are you a cannabis-oil chef? Are you looking to make your own infused chocolate using your favorite strain’s extracted oil?
Nearly any food can be infused with cannabis oil these days. Canna-chefs are on the rise, and many make their own cannabis oils at home – kudos to those dedicated individuals! But most of us simply buy what we see in the dispensaries, which carry a multitude of pure oil products that are already decarboxylated. Regardless of how you obtained your oil, you’re here to figure out how to use it to infuse it into chocolate!
There are a variety of ways to do it, including making it from scratch with infused coconut oil or melting pre-made chocolate with some infused butter. (See our article: DIY Cannabis-Infused Milk Chocolate).
But we’re talking about using cannabis oil here. Let’s dive into two different methods – the easy route, and the “made from scratch” route.
The Easy Route: Melting Chocolate & Combining with Cannabis Oil
Chocolate naturally melts at around 80 or 90 degrees (Fahrenheit). This is perfect for mixing with cannabis oil since we don’t have to use high temperatures that could vaporize its cannabinoids (like THC or CBD). All you have to do is melt your favorite brand of chocolate in a pot (the cooking utensil) on low/medium heat, add the cannabis oil, stir, then pour it into silicone molds before placing it in the fridge or on the counter to set.
The main question here would be: How much oil do I put in my chocolate? Take into consideration the cannabinoid concentration levels within the oil. This information should be available from the store where you purchased it and on the label attached to the packaging. It is not suggested that you work with any cannabis product for which you do not have verified lab data.
Consider your preferred serving size of the oil. Many suggest that when fist cooking with oil, you should start with a smaller amount to keep the cannabinoid concentration lower. As you get more familiar with the effects of various concentration levels, you can adjust.
Next, consider your personal serving size of chocolate. A typical Hersey bar is about 1.55 ounces. Assuming you eat the whole bar in one serving, just add one measure of your preferred serving of oil to 1.55 ounces of chocolate. If you melt 6 ounces of chocolate and want to infuse it with the same concentration, then put 3.8 servings of oil in the melted chocolate.
Everyone’s cannabis oil serving preference differs – Check out this article if you need to find out your own: Finding Your Cannabis Serving Size & Tolerance Level
*Note: Keep in mind that adding cannabis oil to chocolate will change the taste of the chocolate.
Chocolate Bars with Cannabis Oil Made From Scratch
Here’s an easy recipe you can follow to create your own chocolate bars infused with cannabis oil at home.
*Creates about 5 servings but this depends on your personal serving size. Adjust amount of cannabis oil accordingly.
Measuring cup & teaspoon
Silicone mold for bars
Cannabis oil of choice
¾ cup coconut oil OR shortening
¾ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup milk powder
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla or chocolate extract
*Note: Feel free to stir in nuts or other extras such as raspberries or coconut shavings or rice crispies, etc. after the ingredients have been stirred and you’re about to pour them into the molds.
- Melt the coconut oil/shortening in the saucepan over medium heat. Ensure the temperature never exceeds 325F to avoid vaporizing the cannabinoids which are about to be added.
- Add sugar and gently stir.
- Add cannabis oil, continuing to stir gently.
- Add cocoa and milk powder by folding them in while stirring.
- Add the vanilla or chocolate extract (or any other extracts you’ve chosen to enhance the flavor such as almond, rum, butter, cherry, cinnamon, coffee, peppermint, raspberry – you get the picture) and continue to stir gently.
- Mix until chocolate is of smooth/silky consistency.
- Pour the chocolate into your silicon bar molds.
- Shake or tap the molds to ensure that any air bubbles surface and dissipate.
- Refrigerate chocolate in their molds for about two hours or until the chocolate hardens.
- Pop the infused chocolate out of their molds/trays and enjoy!
If you choose to save some chocolate bars in the fridge and notice a thin white layer forming on the surface, don’t panic. It happens to normal chocolate as well and is known as fat bloom. It’s caused by the coconut oil or shortening (fat) migrating through the chocolate and crystalizing on the candy’s surface, happening when moisture comes into contact with the chocolate (condensation from being stored in the fridge). Don’t toss it – it’s still edible!
Have you fashioned your own chocolate bars infused with cannabis oil at home? Share your experience and tips for other canna-chefs in the comments below!
Nearly any food can be infused with cannabis oil these days. Canna-chefs are on the rise, and many make their own extracted cannabis oils at home. Let’s dive in to two different methods of using cannabis oil to make chocolate bars – the easy route, and the “made from scratch” route.
Homemade Cannabis Chocolate Bar Recipe
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.
- fruits & berries (dried or fresh)
- peanut butter
- pieces of chocolate
What Supplies you will need:
- measuring cups and spoons (cup, 1/4 cup, 1/2 teaspoon, 1/2 tablespoon)
- fork or spoon
- digital scale
- pyrex bowl
- frying pan or flat bottomed pan
- oven mitten
- 24 oz (710mL) tupperware
- parchment paper
45 – 120 minutes
- depends on how long the chocolate bar is allowed to cool during step 5
So, lets start making some homemade cannabis chocolate bars
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.
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.
Thanks for reading, and if you try out the recipe please leave a comment.
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…