Special equipment: blender, saucepan with tight-fitting lid, silicone molds or muffin tins
Looking for a chocolatey treat that melts in your mouth and is easy to make – no oven needed? These vegan fudge edibles are absolutely delicious and refreshing on a warm summer day!
Having cannaoil on hand opens up a world of options in your kitchen. You can use it in any recipe that calls for regular oil (or butter) to make quick and easy edibles. It takes a little time and elbow grease to make, but it’s worth the effort to have on hand. (And if you don’t want to spend the time, you can always invest in a machine that makes it for you.)
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The importance of decarboxylation
You’re all set to make the fudge and then you realize – you don’t have cannabutter made. Can you just combine the flower and the butter together for the same result?
Nope! You’d be skipping the most important step in making edibles- decarboxylation.
Decarbing your weed is the step that takes the acidic cannabinoids found in raw cannabis (like THCa and CBDa) and converts them into the THC or CBD you know and love. Decarboxylation is a process that requires heat, from a lighter or an oven. Every time you smoke a bowl, your weed is being decarboxylated as you inhale. But with edibles, it’s a separate step.
Without decarboxylation, your edibles won’t have the potency or the high experience you’re likely looking for. It’ll taste like delicious fudge with a hint of weed flavor, and it may even carry some medical effects from the cannabinoid acids, but it isn’t going hit hard for decarbed THC.
How to dose edibles
When you eat edibles, whether store-bought or homemade, there’s only one critically important rule – start with a low dose and take your time.
Unlike smoking, where you feel the effects almost instantly, edibles can take up to 90 minutes to kick in and several hours to peak. Edibles are also stronger than smoking – up to seven times stronger, thanks to 11-hydroxy-THC, a metabolite of THC that’s produced in your digestive system. Not only is it stronger than regular delta-9 THC, but it also lasts longer.
Because of this, it’s easy to overdo it on edibles and have a bad time, rather than a relaxing high. So start with a small portion of the fudge and see how you react. You can adjust the dosage for the next serving accordingly.
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How to make vegan fudge edibles
- Place chocolate in a mixing bowl and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan combine coconut milk, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Transfer mixture to a blender, add cannabis, and puree, on high, until smooth.
- Pour coconut mixture over chocolate and stir until smooth. Evenly divide mixture into the fudge molds and cool to room temperature. Transfer molds to the refrigerator for a minimum of eight hours, remove and serve immediately or transfer to an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to two weeks.
Aroma-free coconut oil provides a blank canvas for your cannabis infusions, imparting none of coconut flavor that can be off-putting for some. Aroma-free coconut oil can be found in your health food or specialty grocery stores.
You can also swap the oil for butter at a 1:1 ratio, but the fudge will not be vegan.