THC Infused Caramels At Home
In order to make these marijuana treats, you will need
- Salt but only just a smidgen
- 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 1/2 Brown Sugar
- 1 cup Corn Syrup
- 14 oz Condensed Milk
- 1 cup Cannabis Butter*
The Best Way To Make THC-Infused Caramels At HomeFor as long as I can remember, there has been an unjustified stigma against the standard caramel confection. Sure, the average candy enthusiast doesn’t mind it used as an ingredient in their favorite bar or what have you, but the actual caramel squares themselves have always been associated with, well, the elderly. These “blue hairs” routinely stuff their purses (and their faces) with mini-squares chock full of caramel sweetness. The reason being that their frail, aging, and most likely false teeth can only handle so much when it comes to chewing. Which makes caramels the ultimate “go-to” treat for the geriatric community.But why are they secluded to just the retirement homes and Carnival Cruise Ships? That just doesn’t seem fair, if you ask me. Just because our grandparents enjoy the reliable sweetness of a finely constructed caramel doesn’t make it “uncool.” In fact, I would say that if a person, with a lifetime of eating experience under their weathered, woven belt says that these are the best candies on the market, I am liable to believe them.Honestly, I doubt that I am the only one to share such a sentiment about these iconic sweet treats. However, for one reason or another, the youth of today tends to lean more towards the overtly-sugary, sometimes cloyingly sour candies. Which is fine – I understand the appeal, but there is something charming about the satisfaction that a solid caramel square provides on a regular basis that makes it one of the best confectionary options on the market.See also: Cinnamon Cereal Treat will be your new favorite breakfast snack! 5 stars! How could these scrumptious squares of light brown greatness get even better? Why, with the infusion of cannabis, of course!While many have probably spotted a caramel edible or two on the shelves of their local dispensary, there is something about whipping up a batch at home that adds even more greatness to them. This is likely due to the sense of self-accomplishment that coincides with such a culinary achievement. Even though a recipe of this nature may seem daunting at first, they are actually incredibly easy to make. If you follow the steps correctly, you will be enjoying THC-infused bits of caramel confections with your friends in no time.Before we launch into the relatively simple recipe, let’s make sure you have everything you will need to whip up a batch of your very own cannabis caramels.*The recipe and step-by-step guide on how to make your own cannabis-infused butter can be found in another piece of mine. A quick summation of the process is as follows: Decarboxylate your desired amount of cannabis, add in your preferred butter of choice, strain through cheesecloth, allow it to cool (via fridge or cold area), and use at your own leisure. It is really that simple. Once you have the cannabis-infused butter ready (either homemade or purchased), you will be ready to proceed onward with this tremendously tasty recipe.
- First, grab your most trusty pot and toss in roughly a cup (or so) of the cannabis-infused butter. Melt down the THC-enriched buttery goodness until it is a nice, appetizing liquid. At this point, you are going to want to throw in just a pinch of salt, along with the aforementioned 2 ½ cups of everybody’s favorite, brown sugar.
- Allow these babies to mix and mingle with one another until they are fully combined. Then, pick up a stirring device of some sort, and gradually add corn syrup and milk – stirring the contents of the mixture the entire time. Don’t slack on the stirring, as it is a crucial part of the recipe.
- Set your stove to a medium heat, and let the pot heat up the contents for 13-15 minutes. You are going to want to keep an eye on it. You will know when this part of the process is complete when you notice the mixture starting to change its consistency from liquid to goop. Essentially, when you see the mixture start to harden, you are doing the right thing!
- When you feel like the contents have reached a solid, goopy consistency, pick up the vanilla extract and drop a tablespoon into the pot. Gently allow the vanilla extract to intertwine its deliciousness into every inch of real estate that your pot has to offer. Once that is done, you are going to want to grab a nearby pan to dump this newly created caramel mixture into.
- After you have carefully transferred the caramel mixture into the waiting pan from the cooking pot, allow it to cool down. Not only is room temperature caramel better to consume, it is easier to cut into segmented squares – which is, essentially, the very last step in this incredibly simple recipe. I would even suggest covering these bad boys with some cellophane or plastic wrap for safekeeping.
- As soon as you feel like these caramels are cool enough to consume, by all means, go for it! You can chow down on these puppies in their natural state, or you could go the extra mile and drizzle some chocolate or vanilla frosting on top of each one. Which, as one could already assume, only takes the traditional caramel flavor to the next level.
- With every homemade edible, cannabis chefs should go about trying their products out on a “slow and steady” basis. By that I mean, they should allow the smallest dose a maximum amount of time to release its supposed effects. Which, in my professional opinion, is somewhere in the 30-90 minute range. If you have popped a couple too quickly, their intensity may be a little too overwhelming to enjoy – especially for any new cannabis enthusiast who doesn’t have the best tolerance for such a treat. If one waits the appropriate amount of time, there is literally nothing to expect but smiles.
- Personally, I find that creating Cannabis Caramels is a bit more classy than the standard infused brownie or cookie. Even though its THC-free counterpart is usually clumped in with the rest of the elderly stereotypes, I find them to be a treat for all ages. Well, ages that are old enough to consume cannabis of course.
- Let that be another piece of advice. Should there be any parental cannabis enthusiasts out there eager to try this recipe out, be sure to keep them hidden and out of reach of your young one(s). These don’t necessarily scream “For Parents Only” and the likelihood of your little one snagging a few of these off the counter when you are not looking is pretty high. So, just remember to stay vigilant should you have a few curious toddlers roaming around your kitchen area during the creation of these caramel confections.
- Also, it should be known that while these squares of caramel are great on their own, they could also be re-melted into their original state and potentially used as an amazing topping to an otherwise potent-less scoop of ice cream. Or even as an accoutrement to a slice of regular cake. The possibilities with these Cannabis-Infused Caramels are truly endless – so let your newly stoned imagination run wild, because at the end of the day, there is really no wrong way to eat these amazingly tasty (and super potent) caramels.