Smoking cannabis has been the preferred method of cannabis consumption for centuries, but nowadays more and more people are opting for edibles and getting creative in the kitchen. Why? For one thing, edible cannabis is healthier than smoking in both the long and short terms; it can also be more potent and, for those of us that enjoy the green, earthy taste of marijuana, tasty to boot.
If you love a smoke on the weekend but want to try something a bit different, then why not choose an edible cannabis recipe instead? Whether you want to chill with some friends or head out to a party, they make an excellent adult treat with long-lasting effects.
Intrigued yet? In today’s article, we dive into different cannabis fudge recipes, including ones that contain peanut butter as well as vegan and gluten-free alternatives – Hopefully you’re interested in trying some cannabis fudge that’s easy to make and stores well for weeks!
How Do You Add Cannabis To A Fudge Recipe?
Cannabis edibles are growing in popularity as more people want to enjoy their favorite cannabis flower without the adverse health effects of smoking joints. The good news is that cannabis-infused edibles are easy to make and excellent to have in the house for a special treat; though many may think that making cannabis-infused fudge is tricky and avoid it, but it’s much easier than you might expect!
All you need to do to make cannabis-infused fudge is make one adjustment: Replace the conventional butter called for in the recipe with cannabis butter.
Of course, there are a few steps to follow as well, particularly if you need to make your cannabis-infused butter from scratch. We walk you through the entire process below, but if you’d like a comprehensive, step-by-step guide, our article on “
How to Make Cannabis Fudge
Our recipe to make your own special batch of canna-fudge is easy to follow, but if you want to be successful the first time there are a few important steps to follow.
First, you’ll need to
Making Cannabis Butter
Again, the full write-up on how weed butter is made can be found at our above-linked article, but as a quick overview:
First, grind and decarb your cannabis buds in an oven at 230° F for 45m – 1h, checking and stirring frequently to make sure your plant matter doesn’t burn.
Once fully decarbed, combine your cannabis bud with the butter of your choice – Your ratios of decarbed weed to butter will depend on your personal preference, but we like sticking to a 2:1 ratio by volume; 1cp bud, 2cp butter. We generally recommend an unsalted butter (and freshly-home made is even better!), as to go with more recipe options.
Now allow to steep at a low, monitored heat (either via a double boiler or a slow cooker set to low) for a minimum of several hours – 4 at least, and preferably up to 8.
After being steeped, strain the liquid butter into a container of your choice through either cheese cloth or a coffee filter. Once fully strained, reserve your remaining cannabis, as it can be used for another (albeit slightly weaker) round of infusing.
As a note: For this and all other recipes in this article, the cannabis butter can be replaced with the cannabinoid concentrate of your choice; as we discuss below, this can also offer more precise dosing than if using cannabutter made with ground bud.
Cannabis Fudge Recipe & Ingredients
- 3 Cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips
- 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 2 Tbs Cannabutter
Cannabis fudge is made like regular fudge, but replacing regular butter for the cannabis butter you have at hand.
Combine the chocolate chips, condensed milk, and cannabis butter into a large saucepan and slowly melt over medium heat, stirring often.
While mixture is warming up, line a baking tray with parchment paper and either lightly coat with butter or cooking spray.
When the mixture is melted and smooth, remove it from the heat and pour onto your lined baking sheet. From here, leave the mixture to cool for a minimum of two or three hours until the fudge is set and ready.
To cut, either use a sharp knife or a pizza cutter; if having issues with sticking, coat your cutting implement in either butter or cooking spray first.
How to Make Cannabis Peanut Butter Fudge
A basic fudge recipe is fine for beginners or those that want a gluten-free cannabis fudge alternative. But for those of our readers feeling a bit more adventurous, you might crave a little extra flavor in your cannabis fudge experience.
So, if you want to branch out, try our cannabis peanut butter fudge recipe below. Much like the standard recipe, this one is also as delicious as it is easy!
- 2 Cups Cannabis-Infused Butter
- 2 Cups Reg Peanut Butter
- 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 Tsp Salt
- 2 Pounds Powdered Sugar
Start your cannabis peanut butter fudge recipe by choosing a deep tray that offers the best thickness for your fudge bars. As above, place some parchment paper in the pan and coat with butter or cooking spray to avoid sticking.
Melt your canna butter and peanut butter together, either in a bowl in the microwave or in a pot on the stove. Make sure not to let the mixture get too hot, or begin bubbling, as this can boil away your cannabinoids.
After the butter melts, add the vanilla, salt, and sugar. Stir the hot fudge mixture together thoroughly with a spoon or spatula, making sure everything is well-blended together.
When your cannabis peanut butter fudge mixture is ready, spread it evenly in the cooking pan, use a spoon to smooth down the top of the mixture, and place it in the refrigerator to cool. Remember to wrap the top of the pan with foil or plastic wrap. Once the fudge has cooled, it is ready to go; you can add some chocolate shavings to the top for extra flavor.
How to Make Vegan Cannabis Fudge
If you’re vegan, you don’t have to miss out on cannabis fudge; in fact, making vegan cannabis fudge is just as easy as making the non-vegan variety. However, you need to tweak a few ingredients and use their vegan alternatives, such as coconut oil instead of canna butter and plain chocolate, which doesn’t contain milk.
Making cannabis fudge vegan couldn’t be easier! Here’s how:
- 1.5 Cups Cannabis-Infused Coconut Oil
- 5 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 1.5 Cups Peanut Butter
- 1.5 Cups Cocoa Powder
- 1.5 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Much like the above recipes, start by decarboxylating the cannabis flowers and making your cannabis-infused vegan coconut oil. This process is very similar to making cannabis butter, but with a few distinctions to note when it comes to what type of coconut oil you’re using – For a full write up, be sure check out our article “
Gently heat the oil until completely melted, then combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Stir until smooth, then pour into a prepared pan, like before.
Leave the pan out in a cool, dry area to let rest until ready to slice. Then you have vegan cannabutter fudge!
Cannabis Fudge Add-Ins
You might like to spice up your cannabis fudge by adding things like marshmallows, nuts, and chocolate chips. Make sure everything is small enough to mix in easily, and try pre-toasting the nuts before adding in to amp up their nutty flavor!
Once again, anything you add will have to be suitable for consumption; chocolate chips, for instance, will have to be plain chocolate if you’re making vegan fudge, and nuts are an obvious pass for anyone with allergies.
How to Dose Cannabis Fudge
When making your cannabis fudge treats, it’s a good idea to know how strong the end result will be; however, this varies widely and is mainly determined by the quality and potency of the weed flowers you decide to use. As a result, it’s almost impossible to determine an exact dose for your cannabis fudge recipe.
If dosing is essential, consider using cannabis concentrates instead of making your own cannabutter or cannabis-infused oil. This is much more precise and will allow you to see exactly how much goes into the recipe, so you know how many pieces of fudge you can eat for the desired effect.
To do this, simply use regular butter or oil and add the desired amount of your cannabis concentrate to the recipe.
Is cannabis fudge gluten-free?
Fudge is usually gluten-free! The standard ingredients – chocolate, butter, milk, and sugar – don’t contain gluten. However, be sure to check the packaging of any add-ins you want to include in your fudge if you have sensitivities.
How long does cannabis-infused fudge last?
Like all foodstuffs, cannabis edibles have a shelf life! After being fully cooled, fudge should be kept in the refrigerator in an airtight container, where it will last for up to three weeks.
Is it possible to make cannabis-infused butter vegan?
Yes, the process for making cannabis-infused vegan butter is very straightforward.
First, you need to decarboxylate the cannabis flowers by placing them on a baking tray and putting them in the oven for 30 minutes.
When ready, put the buds in a mason jar and fill the jar with vegan butter. Put the jar in a pot of water and melt at a high temperature. Finally, pour the mixture through a cheesecloth and cool.
Which cannabis-infused fudge recipe is the easiest?
All of the recipes we have taught you today are pretty straightforward. However, the first one is the easiest if you don’t have much experience in the kitchen – it only contains three ingredients!
Cannabis fudge makes a welcome change to smoking cannabis in a joint on the weekend; not only is it cheaper and arguably healthier, but it also lasts longer in your system and tastes fantastic. If you’re new to cannabis edibles, cannabis fudge is a great place to start because it is easy and delicious.
Just remember the important process of decarboxylation before making the cannabis butter. Although it sounds technical and scary, it’s actually very straightforward. And if you don’t want to go down that road, you can always opt for a cannabis concentrate instead of flowers.
No matter which method (or recipe) you choose, we hope our guide has given you some great inspiration for your next cannabis-infused treat. Happy munching!