The iconic figure‘s bakery results in a melange a bit fruitier than brownish: the reason why is somewhat complicated. However, if those are the treats you plan to ingest as part of today’s faux-celebration (and by that we mean the annual 4/20, marijuana smoke-out, silliness masquerading as political protest, we recommend you at least reconsider the recipe and double boil up a few ounces of fine chocolate to blend and enliven the brownies.
Given how many states are moving to and then through medical marijuana to eventual legalization, we are sure there will be great recipes in the very near future mashing up chocolate and cannabis. As the annual 4/20 celebration (serving both as shorthand for both “tea” time and April 20) lights up, someone in the back’s thoughts — and we’re looking at you, Hans — did turn to where such a store might get some inspiration.
Logic suggests the perfect way to deal with post-smoke munchies would be to imbibe chocolate at the same time you are ingesting marijuana. It probably doesn’t work out so smoothly, but hypothetically it seems like a very good idea, as in this MarijuanaDoctors411 adaptation of a basic Kraft fudge recipe to create their Canna Fantasy Fudge. As far as tangents and trivia go: 1) there can be a fuller infusion of weed in cuisine, as highlighted in a Mary Jane’s nine-course meal described by LA Times foodist Jonathan Gold; 2) there is a particular strain of buds known as chocolate chunk; 3) while there is a certain chemical relationship between cacao and cannabis it is estimated you might have to smoke about 25 pounds of cacao nibs to equal a relatively few puffs off a joint; and 4) hot pot chocolate doesn’t seem like the worst idea
Some argue that dope and booze are equivalencies. However, even today, as people around the country light up and then sate other desires with some chocolate (which we doubt they will be treating with deserved respect) we’re not sold on the idea. Even as we respect the work that went into the Baked collection (with its scattering of chocolate fudge, brownies, cookies and cake recipes) and other recipes and collections, we’re not sold on the idea of randomly throwing pot into pots of chocolate — although it seems possible one could toss in a couple tablespoons to half a cup of marijuana to a mole recipe without changing the flavor for the worse.
Anyway, despite the joy we expect for those who will celebrate the day, this is very much a back burner issue here, although we do wish the Toklas had taken the time to take advantage of the chocolate in the Paris around her to improve her recipe. Truth be told, right now we’re kind of high (if you’ll forgive us) on the imaginings of New York Times chef Melissa Clark and her Chocolate-Crusted Banana Blondies