Our Take On The Very First Herb-Infused Baking Kit
And the weedless weed cookies we made.
If you’ve ever used Blue Apron, HelloFresh, or any other dinner-in-a-box delivery service (and are privy to the modern marijuana scene), you know it's only a matter of time before the DIY culinary world and legal cannabis space came together to produce weed-infused meal-making kits. Instead of dumping finely chopped shake into your boxed brownies and hoping for magic, you can finally become the creator and connoisseur of your gourmet edible dreams.
Or, at least that’s the idea. Recently, KINDLAND senior editor Ben Karris and I took a baby step into this weedy future and tried a beta version of the very first weed-adjacent box to come to our attention, a curated mix of ingredients from The Baking Supply Co.
Described as a “virtual bakery for people who’d rather eat their green,” the company’s website and Indiegogo campaign feature lots of herbal innuendo—a kind of wink, wink, nudge, nudge at practiced weed users. So far, they’ve raised roughly $9,000 of their $22,000 goal and plan to dispense kits to the masses beginning in November 2017. But don’t expect any dank nugs to arrive on your doorstep anytime soon courtesy of The Baking Supply Co. Thanks to weed’s federal designation as a Schedule I drug, you can’t ship the psychoactive stuff across state lines without risking incarceration or having the bud intercepted en route. That being said, there are opportunities for meal kits to offer everything but the weed—i.e. infusion instructions, tips on how to source good strains for edibles, how to dose, etc.
Like its mainstream competitors, the Baking Supply Co. promises to deliver ethically sourced, farmer approved, local ingredients of the best possible quality. And like other companies, these sustainably sourced ingredients also come organized in an assortment of plastic bottles and bags. Of course, this is the crux by which all meal kits succeed. When you don’t have to measure a host of ingredients with scientific precision, what could possibly go wrong? A lot, if you’re like me, and lose your grasp of time and logic when blazed as all get-out. Sure, you can slip into a rhythm when cooking familiar recipes while high, but learning something new? Fugget about it.
With bright eyes and clear minds, Ben and I went to the task of bringing to life the Baking Supply’s chocolate oatmeal cookies. Devoid of gluten, eggs, and refined sugar, the ingredients were pretty simple and primarily consisted of oats, maple syrup, coconut sugar, ghee (AKA clarified butter), and “100% chocolate.” Following the directions, we mixed the dry ingredients and melted down the ghee, chocolate, and syrup into a kind of chocolaty soup. Dump the dry into the wet and you have an earthy, chunky porridge of hot, chocolate oats and raw pumpkin seeds. Naturally, we ate a spoonful or seven of batter as we dispersed hearty scoops of the stuff onto a greased baking sheet.
Then came the tricky part: sitting back and waiting. In the baking world, this is usually the most excruciating part of the process when you retrace your steps and wonder if you made a fatal mistake at some point in the process. It didn’t take long for us to realize, oh shit, we forgot to add the actual weed to our weed cookies. Scouring over every sheet of information contained in the box, we concluded it wasn’t entirely our mishap. With the exclusion of one sly, sidebar suggestion about infusing your ghee with herbs, info about incorporating the herb never came up.* So much for eating our way to high heaven.
As forewarned in the instructions, the freshly baked cookies crumbled as we tried to eat them hot off the pan. As it turns out, in forgoing gluten and eggs, you also forgo cookies that stick together. Sure, the pamphlet instructed us to wait 20 minutes, carefully store them in the freezer, and eat the cookies frozen, but who can keep their hands off piping hot cocoa lumps? Not us, that’s for sure.
Stuffed to the gills with weedless weed cookies, we smoked a joint to balance ourselves out. Perhaps this is the greatest lesson to be learned from baking with weed: When a little real herb’s involved, you can’t go wrong.
*Editor’s note: We reached out to The Baking Supply Co.’s founder, Ali Francis, about the confusion and learned a link to the company’s herbal infusion guide will be included on a pamphlet in the final version of the boxes.