One of the most common edibles we make in our house is cannabis caramel. This blog post will show you how to make cannabutter caramels. These delicious candies are easy to make and the preparation is not time-consuming at all! Plus, it goes great with many other things, such as combining it with cookies, brownies, or other treats. All you need for this recipe is cannabutter, sugar, vanilla extract, water, and baking soda. Learn more about these cannabutter caramel tips in this article!
1. Melt butter on low heat
You will need one pound (16 ounces) of sugar, ¼ cup of corn syrup, ¼ teaspoon of salt, and one tablespoon of vanillin extract to make cannabutter caramels.
Melt the cannabutter on low heat. You can use a double boiler so that your cannabutter does not get too hot, or you could even melt it in an oven-safe dish with water to keep it at a more safe temperature.
To make sure the butter is melted and ready for adding to your recipe, take some out of the pot and let it cool down until you are no longer able to manipulate it but still feel the warmth from touching the sides; if you’re unable to do this then either turn up the heat or wait until all of your butter has been fully melted before continuing onto step two.
Combine the sugar, salt, and corn syrup over low heat for about two minutes before adding the butter. Add it slowly while whisking until a boil is reached (a clear liquid will form at this point).
Sweat out any lumps by continuing to stir on medium-low heat for another three or four minutes – if they don’t disappear completely then use a metal spoon or spatula with very small holes poked into them so as not to damage your pan when you scrape up all those loose bits stuck to its surface.
2. Add in brown sugar and vanilla extract and then bring the mixture back up to a boil, stirring constantly.
Add in your choice of flavorings: add in some cream for caramels or peppermint extract and green food coloring for mint chocolate chip ones.
Remove from heat when it reaches 240 degrees Fahrenheit on an instant-read thermometer (the level at which sugar begins to caramelize). This will take about ten minutes so be patient!
Immediately pour onto your preferred surface – small baking sheets work best as they’re easier to handle than larger pans but you can also use parchment paper if that’s what you have available. For smaller batches, don’t put them too close together; for larger batches space them out more generously so that there is plenty of room for them to cool.
A note about cannabutter: Cannabutter is created by smashing up cannabis buds until they resemble nothing more than little bits of potpourri – also known as kief (also spelled ‘kif’). You can use either cooking oil or butter, but cooks who don’t want their food tasting like marijuana will generally use butter because it has such a mild flavor on its own. The idea is that when you cook your dish using this special type of fat-based liquid, any plant residues present in the bud will be concentrated due to the high heat.
3. Stir until mixture is combined, then add in ground cannabis
- Rehydrate the cannabis by adding a few teaspoons of water and letting it sit for about ten minutes. The mixture will change from green to dark brown, that’s when you’re all set! Place dried marijuana in a pot on the stovetop over low heat (making sure there is at least an inch or two of space between the top of your ground weed and the bottom)
- Add butter with stirring until melted – This process should take no more than 15 minutes so be patient! For every four cups of flour add in three tablespoons of cannabutter plus one cup of sugar. Stir well together then add some salt, vanilla extract, milk chocolate chips and mix again. Combine all ingredients into a pan lined with wax paper before popping them into the oven.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown! Cool and enjoy your cannabutter caramels 😉
- Notes: Try adding different toppings such as sprinkles! Bake your creation at 365 degrees if you don’t want it so softy like us 😉
4. Cut into pieces and enjoy!
The cannabutter caramels will be just as sweet and decadent as ever, but without tasting like a weed. And if you’re worried about a lingering marijuana taste in your mouth afterward, don’t fret: The cooking process burns off most of that familiar flavor. Cannabinoids – compounds found in hemp plants (and cannabis) that cause psychoactive effects on their users when consumed or inhaled through smoking/vaporizing. Ingesting too much can have unpleasant side effects including anxiety attacks, increased heart rate, and even vomiting. On the other hand, some people still use it to manage pain and sleep disorders with great success! There’s no denying that there is plenty of room for debate on the benefits and drawbacks of cannabis, but cannabutter is a great place to start if you’re interested in cooking with it.
Cannabinoids are soluble in fat or oil (like butter) so they can be extracted when heated together over low heat for an extended period. This process is called decarboxylation and will convert THCA into THC which provides psychoactive effects like those found from the smoking pot!
5. Pros and cons of cannabutter caramel
- The recipe is easy to follow. It’s a great way to get started with cooking, or just learn different recipes if you already know your stuff.
- You can make more than one batch! Which is really helpful when you’re cooking for a party or event and need lots of different flavors. Just try not to eat them all before they get to the event.
- There’s a lot of variations on the ingredients you can use (e.g., nuts, different types of sugar)
- It takes some time to make cannabutter caramels due to letting them chill before serving and waiting for them all day in the refrigerator until they ‘re set up completely.