Edibles are about to get a serious culinary world makeover. Up until recently, edibles have typically been sketchy cookies or brownies wrapped in saran wrap, or weed-spiked lollipops, relegated to the counters of medical marijuana clinics. That, however, is about to change in the next few months. According to a press release, James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Mindy Segal—who owns Mindy’s Hot Chocolate in Chicago—is working on a line of marijuana-infused foods.
Segal is partnering up with Cresco Labs, “Illinois largest cannabis cultivator,” to produce the line. Medical marijuana patients can expect items like a variety of brittle bars, infused granola bites, and “an infused chocolate drink that is intended to be warmed to enhance the soothing effects.” For people who love DIY activities, there will also be a cookie batter mix. All of the items are riffs on recipes from her cookbook Cookie Love.
The Chicago Tribune notes that medical marijuana became legalized in Illinois just last month and people must get a doctor’s recommendation to get their hands on Segal’s infused goods. The chef plans to start selling the line—which will use different strains and concentrations of marijuana—by late February of 2016 in licensed dispenseries across the state. Soon after, the items will be made available in five additional states. But Segal doesn’t plan on stopping there: She tells the paper that she hopes to take her line “nationwide” to other states where medical marijuana is legal.
(Will there be weed-infused rugelach in the near future?)
Segal says that she has “dabbled” in baking edibles—which require cooking with cannabis oil or butter—in the past for people she knew with chronic pain. Now she hopes that by turning out higher-end edibles “she’ll help people who’ve lost their appetite from illness or chemotherapy.” Segal hints that while she may be the first James Beard Award-winning chef to enter into the edibles world, other top-name chefs (who she wouldn’t name) may also soon be joining the business. No doubt chefs like David Chang and Danny Bowien could make some game-changing edibles. (Imagine a world with herbed out Fuku fingers and Mary Jane-Po Tofu.)
What a time to be alive and be a user of medical marijuana. Not only is a renowned pastry chef launching a line of edibles, bad gal RiRi is finally releasing her own line, too. The singer and pot evangelist will start selling a line of weed products—including a number of edibles—in early 2016. This is in addition to the launch of marijuana-infused coffee pods that have already hit the states this year.
[via Chicago Tribune]