Yield: 24 strawberries
Cook time: 30 minutes, not including cannabis coconut oil and decarbing time
Are you looking for ways to spark a deeper connection? Get romantic with 420 chocolate-covered strawberries, a make-at-home edible that is beautiful, simple, and delicious.
Cannabis can spark romance all year long
Edibles can take a romantic evening to an entirely new level when done right. Cannabis, a plant containing hundreds of compounds including THC, fosters a more profound sense of intimacy between partners. And, as some studies suggest, cannabis can even help improve sex, especially for women.
It’s why many couples are leaning into cannabis, not only as a way to relax but as a way to connect. Learning new ways to incorporate cannabis into your next romantic engagement can spark new sensations, improve emotional bonds, and spark a bit more excitement.
Of course, Valentine’s Day is an obvious reason to break out a romantic weed edible, but why restrict this to a once-a-year experience? Strawberry edibles and other cannabis treats are tasty all year round. Consider an anniversary or weed-infused date on April 20th. Both are perfect excuses for baking with weed.
If your partner already loves cannabis or you simply want to experiment, weed chocolate-covered strawberries are an easy (yet still decadent) first edible to tackle in the kitchen.
Introduction to cooking with cannabis
There are three keys to cooking with cannabis:
First, let’s begin with the importance of strain selection. All cannabis contains a myriad of different cannabinoids and terpenes. Each phytochemical profile produces a different set of effects. As an example, some strains feel uplifting and energetic, while others are more sleepy and relaxing.
Strain selection also is critical for determining potency. Depending on preference, tolerance, and intention, choose strains with the THC level you are comfortable with. If you plan on sharing your edibles with friends or a romantic partner, you will also want to consider their level of comfort with THC.
The second consideration for cooking with cannabis is the decarboxylation process. Cannabis plants technically don’t produce THC or CBD. Instead, the dried flower contains mostly inactive acidic compounds, like tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCa) and cannabidiolic acid (CBDa).
Despite the scientific-sounding term, decarboxylation (also known as decarbing) is the process of transforming these non-psychotropic compounds into their more active forms, THC and CBD, using heat. For the home cook, the process is simple, requiring only an oven – or a home decarboxylation machine.
Finally, you’ll need to choose an infusion. You can make almost any regular recipe into a weed edible, but you’ll first need to determine what ingredient works best for the weed infusion.
Most edibles rely on oil-based options, like butter and olive oil. However, for this recipe, 420 chocolate-covered strawberries, we are using coconut oil as it works best for creating a beautifully smooth, melt-in your mouth, consistency.
How to make cannabis-infused coconut oil
Most edible recipes are technically two-step creations. First, you have to prepare the cannabis infusion and then incorporate that infusion into the final edible recipe. For most chocolate edible recipes, you’ll want to start with weed-infused coconut oil.
If you are familiar with making other fatty-based infusions like cannabutter and cannabis olive oil, making coconut oil is a similar process.
The following weed themed chocolate covered strawberries recipe requires a Crockpot (slow cooker), but there are many other easy methods if you don’t have access to this equipment. Just replace the butter with an equal amount of coconut oil.
Ingredients for cannabis-infused coconut oil
7-14 grams of ground, decarboxylated cannabis 1 cup organic coconut oil
Directions for cannabis-infused coconut oil
Fill the slow cooker halfway with water.Turn the slow cooker on, and set the temperature to 160 to 190°F (70 to 90°C). If you don’t have specific temperature settings, you can use a thermometer to adjust.While the slow cooker heats up, add all the decarbed cannabis and coconut oil into a large mason jar. To reduce the sometimes powerful weed smell, seal with tight-fitting lids.Place the mason jar into the hot water bath and let simmer for two to four hours.‘Burp’ the mason jar at hourly intervals to release any pressure.Using oven mitts, remove the jar from the hot water bath and set aside until cool enough to handle (10 to 15 minutes). The mixture should still be liquid but not too hot to handle with your bare hands.Strain the mixture into a second large mason jar to remove all unwanted plant material using a cheesecloth. Discard the cheesecloth and leftover plant material.Seal tightly and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
How to Make Weed Chocolate-covered Strawberries
Directions for edible chocolate-covered strawberries
Wash and dry strawberries, placing them on a clean paper towel until ready to use. Take the time to choose the ripest and most beautiful individual berries for dipping. Leave stems and leaves attached.Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.Bring water to a boil in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, a heatproof bowl placed over a pot of water works just as well. Add all dark chocolate and cannabis-infused coconut oil into the bowl. Stir until completely melted.Turn off the heat, but leave the bowl of melted chocolate over the hot water. This will keep it warm and easy to work with.Using the stem and leaves as a handle, carefully dip one strawberry into the melted chocolate at a time. Roll side to side to cover all areas in chocolate. Take your time.Place chocolate-covered strawberries on the lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining strawberries.In a second double boiler, melt the white chocolate until smooth.Using a spoon or a spatula, drizzle decorative lines of white chocolate across all dark chocolate-dipped strawberries. Alternatively, you can dip berries in white chocolate and drizzle in dark chocolate. Just remember which chocolate contains the cannabis coconut oil.Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to harden the chocolate. Once hard, you can move strawberries into a storage container or a decorative tin until ready for use. THC-infused Chocolate Dip Strawberries should be enjoyed within seven days and stored in the refrigerator.
Tips and common mistakes
Always decarb. If you neglect the critical decarbing step of edible making, you’ll be missing out on the full potential of the flower.Always store in the refrigerator. Strawberries last for up to a week in the refrigerator. Refrigeration also ensures the chocolate dip stays snappy and hard.Pat strawberries completely dry. After washing the berries, you’ll want to ensure they are completely dry before dipping them in chocolate. Leftover water could disrupt the chocolatey coating. Experiment with other weed strawberry ideas: Dark chocolate not your favorite? Any melting chocolate will work. Try milk chocolate or doubling up on the strawberry flavor with strawberry chocolate. You can also sprinkle the just-dipped strawberries with toasted coconut, nuts, or other toppings.
How much weed and dosing guidance
Before consuming any homemade edible, it’s essential to calculate the expected potency and dose size. Some online calculators can help break down the math, or complete the straightforward calculation yourself based on the original potency of the flower.
Just remember, homemade edibles are prone to some variation in potency. With every new batch, always start low and increase slowly to avoid any uncomfortable surprises.
Do your own calculations, as every batch will be different. Only go back for seconds after several hours, as the effects can take a long time to come on.
Weed-infused chocolate-covered strawberries – highly romantic experience
As many couples can already attest to, a little dose of THC can help boost sexual desire, deepen emotional connections, and increase arousal. With the right setting and in the right dose, cannabis can offer new exciting experiences to any relationship.
These are just a few of the reasons why THC chocolate-covered strawberries make for a romantic addition to your Valentine’s Day, 420 celebrations, or even an extra special anniversary.