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Cloud 11 Cannabis Confections Make Edibles A Gourmet Experience

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It’s fascinating to watch how cannabis is becoming more present in our everyday lives. From the colorful and creative branding, to the inventive ways in which we consume it, what was once taboo, has now become a household name.

Alone, edible cannabis has experienced considerable innovation due to growth in demand. Companies today have a heavy focus on developing faster-acting and more strain-specific edibles as consumers become more savvy. Seattle-based cannabis analytics firm Headset compiled data which shows that sales of adult and medical use rose 60% across seven state markets in 2020.

One company taking the edible experience further is Cloud 11, a Los Angeles-based cannabis-infused confections brand. The founders Chef Nick Pritzker and Eleven Madison Park alum Chef Mauela Sanin set out to introduce gastronomy to edibles, set on elevating “the experience of cannabis itself.” Buoyed by advances in infusion technology, Cloud11 delivers a truly haute confection.

Their first offerings include three desserts; Salted Peanut, Strawberry Pink Peppercorn, and Black Sesame Yuzu. Salted Peanut is like a buttercup in a tuxedo, it has a tiny crunch before the salty sweet ganache sweeps you away. Strawberry Pink peppercorn, however, is a creamy drop of sweet bitterness that melts on your tongue. While Black Sesame Yuzu is deep and rich, every bite deserving to be savored. I must say that these confections are closer to a delicacy than a snack. 

Photo by Autumn Communications

Chocolates come with 2mg and 4mg THC/CBD options which are available online via white-glove delivery exclusively in Los Angeles. Flavors come in 11-piece tins with two-size options. Single tins include one flavor and dosage while double tins offer two flavor and dosage options. If you’re looking to truly elevate your dinner party or impress a special someone, you can visit Cloud 11 confections here.

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Sweets

Here Are The Most Expensive Easter Chocolates In Existence

With approximately 40 days and nights between the start of Lent and Easter Sunday, it’s easy to see why the image of an overflowing Easter basket, containing pounds of gimmicky, rabbit-shaped chocolates, piled on top of an assortment of other junk food, has become such an honored and welcomed tradition.

Chocolaty rewards for the accomplishing our Lenten sacrifices, perhaps?

But it’s time to break away from the traditional Easter Basket candy by discovering some pretty intense, insanely intricate and modestly (over) priced Easter-themed delights that you probably won’t find tucked into a patch of fake grass this Easter Sunday.

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Chocolate Ostrich Egg

Hotel Chocolat, a UK based chocolatier, has created a version of the traditional Easter egg — on steroids — and it’s pretty awesome.

Well, technically, it’s an Ostrich Egg, and Hotel Chocolat claims it’s the actual size of an Ostrich egg, “to make sure we weren’t exaggerating on this one,” and it’s available in milk and dark chocolate.

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Weighing in at approximately 2.5 pounds, the Ostrich Egg (spoiler alert: the “egg” is a bit deceiving, because it’s sold as two separate halves) comes with a variety of truffles, pralines and caramels, that can be displayed in a number of ways for anyone you’d like to spend $105 on.

Ostrich egg hunt, anyone?

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Enchanted Shrooms

Or, for $75.00, you can buy a pound of enchanted shrooms. Pretty cheap, right? Well, it’s not exactly a pound of shrooms, it’s a single 6-inch tall, 1.3 pound mushroom. Sadly, the Enchanted Mushroom of Wolakalou by Vosges Chocolate won’t make you trip balls, but it is gluten free. Mushroom
What is trippy about this giant mushroom, which is encased in a white chocolate shell, is that it’s, “filled with a soft, dark chocolate Italian Piemonte hazelnut and Reishi mushroom ganache,” and offers beneficial antioxidant properties, according to Vosges Chocolate.

Want a closer look at the Enchanted Mushroom? Check out this unboxing video.

Yes, you’ve been lied to your whole life, Peeps suck. Thanks, Mom.

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Imperial Spring Flowers Egg

But you know what doesn’t suck? This gigantic hand-crafted Easter egg, made by the acclaimed UK chocolatier, Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate.

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For about $347, you can purchase Bettys Imperial Easter Egg featuring intricately crafted, “Royal Icing Sugar Flowers.” But, if you’re in the U.S., you’ll also have to buy a plane ticket too, because this egg can’t make it over the pond. The Imperial Easter Egg weighs 5,400 grams, or about 12 pounds. Best of all, it’s listed as “unsuitable” for vegans and vegetarians on Bettys website.

But, this article is about stepping away from the traditional, right? Enough with the eggs already.

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The World’s Most Expensive Chocolate Truffle

Behold the most expensive chocolate truffle in the world. Made by House of Knipschildt Artisan ChocolatesLa Madeline au Truffe, is hailed as, “The most extravagant chocolate in the world” and for $250 lives up to its namesake.

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The Madeline au Truffe is a French Perigord truffle incased in 70 percent Valrhona dark chocolate. This magnificent mushroom/Bon Bon combo is shipped in a fancy box, atop a bed of sugar pearls. The Madeline au Truffe made Forbes’ best Valentines Day gift guide for billionaires, so it’s only natural that it graces our lists of over-the-top Easter chocolates.

Now that every Easter basket you’ve ever seen or received has just cried a little, let’s continue.

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An Artistic Box Of Chocolates

New York-based gourmet chocolatier, MarieBelle, has introduced a unique and artistic spin on the average box of chocolates. Collaborating with world renown artist Chau Giang Thi Nguyen, to create collectable Ganache box sets adorned with iconic pieces of Nguyen’s artwork. The River of Diamonds Cien Box range from $25 – $400. The set pictured below is listed as $400.00 on MarieBelle.com

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This really brings a new meaning to the phrase, “life is like a box of $400 MarieBelle chocolates, stay the fuck outta mine!”

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A Diamond-Eyed Bunny

If a $400 box of chocolates, or a $250 truffle on sugar pearls doesn’t show you how badly you’ve suffered over the years, then this 1-foot-tall chocolate bunny with two diamond eyes will make you feel even worse.

Feast your eyes on, “The world’s most extravagant chocolate Easter Bunny,” and it can be yours for the give away price of $49,000.

One more time for clarity.

$49,000.

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This creation was accomplished by the very well-known international chocolatier and pastry chef Martin Chiffers (center) and jeweler 77Diamonds.

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This one-of-a-kind, Easter creation stands more than 14.5 inches tall and weighs more than 11 pounds. Carved out of 100% pure Tanzania chocolate, this coco critter is estimated to contain a little under 600,000 calories. The rabbit’s 1.7 carat diamond eyes can be set into another jewelry frame, once it’s done being consumed.

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With Easter around the corner, just think about all the money that could have been saved NOT buying any Easter candy. You might actually be lucky enough to score one of these chocolate-based creations.

But, hey, who knows, there’s always the Easter Bunny.

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Sweets

French Chocolate Maker Garnishes Confections with Gold-Dusted Crickets

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Imagine it’s Valentines Day and you want to get your significant other something special. Or maybe it’s one of those lazy Friday nights where you curl up on the couch and watch bad movies while munching on chocolate.

Well, thanks to French Chocolate Maker Sylvian Musquar, your average chocolate experience has been upgraded. Musquar, who seems to be giving Willy Wonka a run for his money, is selling chocolates topped with gold-dusted crickets and worms for  €22 (~$30 US). I know, sounds tasty right? Considering that insects are a sustainable and healthy source of protein, if you’ve got some cash to kill, I can’t think of a better way to do it.

PicThx Sylvain Musquar

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Packaged Food

Finally, Now You Can Eat a Chocolate Egg Giving Birth to A Peep

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Peep’s new treat takes your classic, sugar-fluff bird and makes it better — by adding chocolate, of course. This Easter, follow that Peeps cocktail with a yellow chick hidden in a chocolate egg. The peep-filled chocolates come wrapped in either pink or blue foil, because yellow peeps can be gender-specific too.

Ok, to be real, these things remind us of what chocolate Peep balut would look like. You know, this stuff. Although, I prefer the chocolate version, thank you very much.

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Best Valentine’s Gift EVER: Boyfriend Transforms Ice Dispenser into Candy Dispenser

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Like many already great things (yogurt, grapes, Thin Mint cookies), candy, especially chocolate candy, is even better frozen. But it can be difficult to know just when you’ll want to nom on some frozen Hershey’s kisses. What if it’s, like, midnight and you want some frozen chocolate right now, because your Valentine’s Day was demoralizing, and dammit, candy is great?

Luckily, one boyfriend has the answer. Even more luckily, if you don’t have a boyfriend, he made this great video (and step-by-step instructions) to show how he did it. So, here’s lookin’ at you, single ladies (and gentlemen). If you liked it, then you shoulda finagled an ice dispenser to give frozen candy in place of ice.

Catchy, no?

H/T The Daily Meal + PicThx Foodinese

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Cravings Sweets

Pizza Cake

A large single layer cake topped with white icing (cheese), gummy strips (green and red peppers), chocolate coins (pepperoni), turtles chocolates (sausage pieces), purple fruit loops (black olives), strawberry syrup (pizza sauce), and a circle of Twinkies to hold everything together as the crust!  (Thx TIWYF)

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iPhone App Chocolates

Whether you have an iPhone or not, you’ve all heard of it. Unless you’re living in a hole like Shia Lebeouf in Holes you know that there are like 800 trillion apps on the app store. But here is one that you cannot purchase virtually, the iChocolates. iChocolates come in a snazzy iPhone shaped box with Apple-esque packaging. 100% Charged with Chocolate! (Thx IT)