This was my first time making candy and I was honestly expecting disaster, but it turned out pretty good despite my best attempts to blow it. I found this very helpful explanation of the hard candy making process; http://www.chicaandjo.com/2010/04/26/make-hard-candy-jewels/. For those making this medicated hard candy for the first time I highly reccomend reading that post. The process is not overly difficult, but it requires close attention and expedient execution.
I mostly followed the recipe and process from Chica and Jo contained in the above link. The only change was the addition of canna-oil from 1/2-ounce of flower (Lemon Cush) made using the Source by Extractcraft (extractcraft.com). The key piece of knowledge is knowing how to incorporate the canna-oil into the candy for not only best potency but also even distribution. We will achieve the best potency and most even distribution by adding the canna-oil, made from cannabis that was NOT decarbed, just before the candy mixture reaches 300ºf. Incorporate the canna-oil into the candy mixture around 293ºf to decarb while mixing in nice and evenly. For the best potency the canna-oil will be subjected to 293ºf for no more or less than 7-minutes. Luckily, the candy mixture cools quickly to help us control this narrow time restriction.
- 2 cups granulated white sugar
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- 3/4 cup water
- canna-oil extract as needed for desired potency (NOT decarboxylated)
- 1 tsp of extract flavoring (I used French Roast Coffee extract made with the Source)
- food coloring as desired
- small pot
- small spatula
- pyrex measuring cup (min 2-cup)
- hard candy molds
- candy thermometer
- aluminum foil / convection paper
- non-stick cooking spray
- hands with the speed and agility of an angry ninja
Prepare the work area. Cover the area with aluminum foil or convection paper. Spray molds with non-stick cooking spray to coat well but not puddle. If it does puddle use a paper towel to remove the excess. Set the molds on the covered work surface in a way that will insure you will be able to quickly and easily maneuver a measuring cup over and around them to fill with the candy mixture when the time comes. Lastly, have the measuring cup handy for its turn to spring into action.
Put the granulated white sugar, corn syrup, and water over high heat in a small pot that will maintain enough depth to accurately use a candy thermometer.
Stir the mixture often and closely monitor the candy thermometer as the heat rises toward our target of 293ºf. When the mixture first starts to boil it will froth like mad and appear to be out of control, but it’s just a quick phase that will settle down quickly and turn into a simmering clear liquid. So, when choosing a pot, it has to be large enough to contain the initial exuberant froth and small enough that the candy thermometer will function properly.
After the initial froth the temperature will advance quite slowly for a little while but don’t let this fool you and DON’T leave it unattended. The temperature can begin to advance quickly as it goes through 260ºf.
When the temp is 293ºf add the canna-oil. The perfect result will be if the canna-oil can exist at 293ºf for 7-minutes and then go to room temperature as quickly as possible. To achieve this, after adding the canna-oil, maintain a temperature of 293ºf while thoroughly mixing for 4-minutes. Next, move the mixture from the pot into the pyrex measuring cup to stop the heating process, combine desired essential oil for flavoring, quickly add coloring if using, and expeditiously pour mixture into molds. The mixture will cool quickly and begin to harden at the same time which can cause problems if performed to slowly.
The pictured canna-candy are brown from the French Roast Coffee extract I made and used for flavoring. No coloring was added.
(For added complexity and a marginally better outcome, first allow the mixture to reach 300ºf then bring down to 293ºf, add the canna-oil, and continue as described above.)
Allow the candy to harden in the molds for about 30-minutes,then test a couple out and enjoy!
With edibles you always want to know what the dosage per unit. Do this by figuring out how much THC was in your original dry material in terms of milligrams (1,000mg/1g). Then, take about 80% of that for what would be in the canna-oil used for the candy. Finally, divided the THC (in milligrams) by the total number of candy pieces for the per unit dose.
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