Indulge your taste buds with our delectable cannabis caramels recipe, a sweet treat that combines the rich, buttery flavor of traditional caramel with the magical touch of cannabis. Craft these soft, chewy caramels with the perfect balance of sweetness and a hint of cannabis undertones; each piece promises a delightful journey for your senses.
How to Make Cannabis Caramels?
Follow our simple yet precise instructions for seamless creation and enjoy these Cannabis Caramels responsibly, savoring every moment of their deliciously infused goodness!
- 1 cup unsalted butter.
- 2 cups brown sugar.
- 1 cup light corn syrup.
- 14 oz sweetened condensed milk.
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
- 1/2 teaspoon salt.
- Cannabis tincture or flower.
- Heavy-bottomed saucepan.
- Candy thermometer.
- Wooden spoon.
- Baking dish or tray.
- Parchment paper.
- Prepare Cannabis Infusion: Decarboxylate your cannabis by baking it in the oven at 240°F (115°C) for 30-40 minutes. Infuse the decarboxylated cannabis with butter or oil using a double boiler or a slow cooker on low heat. Strain the cannabis from the infusion.
- Prepare Baking Pan: Line a baking pan or dish with parchment paper, leaving some overhang for easy removal of the caramel later.
- Combine Ingredients: In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, combine the cannabis-infused butter, granulated sugar, and corn syrup. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Cooking the Caramel: Once the sugar has dissolved, attach the candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir continuously to prevent burning. Continue cooking until the mixture reaches the “soft ball” stage, around 240°F (115°C). This should take about 10-15 minutes.
- Add Sweetened Condensed Milk: Carefully pour in the sweetened condensed milk while stirring continuously. Be cautious, as the mixture may bubble up.
- Continue Cooking: Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until it reaches the “firm ball” stage, around 245-250°F (118-121°C). This should take another 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from Heat: Once the caramel reaches the desired temperature, remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
- Pour into Prepared Pan: Pour the hot caramel into the prepared baking pan. Allow it to cool at room temperature for a few hours.
- Cut and Wrap: Once the caramel has completely cooled and set, use the parchment paper overhang to lift it out of the pan. Place it on a cutting board and cut it into desired shapes.
Tips and Tricks
Making candy, especially cannabis-infused caramels, requires attention to detail. With these tips, you will be on your way to creating delicious and reliable cannabis caramels.
- Candy Thermometer: A reliable candy thermometer is your best friend. Ensure it is properly calibrated and continually monitors the temperature during cooking for accurate results.
- Stirring Technique: Stir the caramel mixture consistently and gently to prevent burning. Use a wooden spoon and scrape the sides and bottom of the saucepan to avoid crystallization.
- Butter the Pan: Before pouring the hot caramel into the prepared pan, consider lightly buttering the parchment paper. This can make it easier to remove the caramel later.
- Cutting Tips: Cut the cooled caramel with a sharp, lightly oiled knife. Warming the knife under hot water can also make the cutting process smoother.
Topping Suggestions For Cannabis Caramels
Adding toppings to cannabis caramels can enhance their flavor and texture. Feel free to mix and match these toppings, considering your personal preferences and dietary restrictions, to create your own unique combinations.
- Sea Salt: Sprinkle a pinch of flaky sea salt on top of each caramel for a delightful sweet and salty contrast.
- Chopped Nuts: Roll the edges of the caramel in finely chopped nuts like pecans, almonds, or walnuts. This adds a crunchy texture.
- Chocolate Drizzle: Melt chocolate (dark, milk, or white) and drizzle it over the cooled cannabis-infused caramels for a decadent chocolatey touch.
- Coconut Flakes: Toasted coconut flakes can provide a tropical flavor and a satisfying crunch to your cannabis caramels.
- Edible Glitter or Sprinkles: Add a touch of festive flair by sprinkling edible glitter or colorful sprinkles on top of the caramels.
- Cocoa Powder Dusting: Lightly dust the tops of the caramels with cocoa powder for a rich and slightly bitter contrast.
- Dried Fruit Bits: Mix in finely chopped dried fruits like apricots, cranberries, or raisins for a burst of fruity sweetness.
- Cinnamon Sugar: Roll the caramels in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar for a warm and comforting flavor.
- Citrus Zest: Grate the zest of citrus fruits like orange or lemon over the caramels for a bright and refreshing flavor.
- Crushed Cookies: Crushed graham crackers, chocolate cookies, or biscotti can add a delightful crunch to your cannabis caramels.
How To Store Cannabis Caramels
Proper storage is crucial for maintaining the freshness and quality of cannabis caramels. Here’s how you should store them:
- Airtight Container: Store cannabis-infused caramels in an airtight container to prevent exposure to air and moisture, helping maintain their texture and flavor.
- Resealable Bags: If you don’t have an airtight container, consider using resealable plastic bags. Squeeze out excess air before sealing to preserve freshness.
- Cool, Dry Place: Choose a cool, dry place for storage. Avoid areas with high humidity, as moisture can cause the caramels to become sticky and lose their consistency.
- Away from Sunlight: Keep the container away from direct sunlight, as exposure to light can degrade the quality of the cannabis and affect the taste of the caramels.
- Separate Layers: If you need to stack the caramels in the container, place parchment paper or wax paper between layers to prevent them from sticking together.
- Childproofing: If there’s any chance that children might have access to the storage area, ensure that the container is childproof and kept out of their reach.
- Freezing (Optional): If you need to store caramels for an extended period, consider freezing them. Wrap each piece individually in parchment paper and place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. Allow them to thaw at room temperature before serving.
By following these storage tips, you can ensure that your cannabis-infused caramels stay fresh, flavorful, and enjoyable for an extended period.
With careful preparation, precise dosing, and creative toppings, these caramels promise a journey of flavor and relaxation. Store them thoughtfully, savor them mindfully, and elevate your edible experience to new heights!