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The hardest part of making cannabis chocolate is first making cannabis butter or oil. Luckily, making cannabis butter or oil is also easy.
To make cannabis chocolate, in a nutshell, all you need to do is melt chocolate, melt cannabutter, combine them, then freeze the mixture.
We recently published a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for making cannabutter, which you can read here. If you’re too lazy to follow that hyperlink, I’ll summarize the process below.
Step 1: Your first step is to make cannabutter. This will take about 4.5 hours, but don’t let the lengthy cooking time intimidate you. The vast majority of this 4.5 hours is waiting as the butter simmers. Start by adding 1/2 cup of water and 8 ounces of butter to a medium saucepan. Put the saucepan on very low heat.
Step 2: Once the butter is completely melted, add your 1/2 ounce of decarboxylated cannabis material. Mix everything together thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Then, cover the pot with a lid.
Step 3: Allow this mixture to gently simmer for the next four hours. Set a timer for every 30 minutes so you can quickly stir your mixture and prevent it from burning or sticking to the bottom of the pot. Use your thermometer to make sure the mixture never gets hotter than 180°F. (If you don’t have a thermometer, just make sure the mixture is simmering on the lowest heat possible).
Step 4: After four hours, it’s time to strain your mixture to separate the butter from the cannabis. You can do this by pouring the mixture through a fine strainer into a bowl. You can also fasten cheesecloth over the top of a bowl using a rubber-band, and pour the mixture through the cheesecloth. (If you use cheesecloth, remember to wring it out after to get every last bit of butter out of the material).
Step 5: Now it’s time to melt your chocolate. The best way to melt your chocolate without burning it is by creating a double-boiler. To do this, put about an inch of water in a saucepan. Then, fit a bowl snugly in the saucepan of boiling water so that the steam heats the bottom of the bowl. Put the chocolate in this bowl so that the heat of the boiling water in the pot melts the chocolate in the bowl. Allow the chocolate to completely melt.
Step 6: Now, all you need to do is combine the melted chocolate with your cannabutter. You will want to combine approximately 1/4 cup of cannabutter for every 4 cups of chocolate. Mix them thoroughly.
Step 7: Pour your chocolate/cannabutter mixture into a chocolate mold. If you don’t have a chocolate mold, use an ice cube tray. Put this in the fridge, and allow the mixture to harden. Once it’s hardened, you can eat it!