THC-infused dark chocolate for pastry arts
December 11, 2018
By Bakers Journal
Grown Rogue International Inc. announced a formal partnership between one of North America’s top chocolatiers and Grown Rogue International to create THC and CBD infused chocolate products under the GRAM and Grown Rogue brands.
Both labels are wholly owned by Grown Rogue International. The chocolatier, Jeff Shepherd, was voted one of North America’s Top 10 Chocolatiers by Pastry Arts and Design.
Shepherd has a world-renowned reputation and has received international awards for his organic, hand-made strikingly delicious creations. Based in Southern Oregon, just 4.8 kilometres from the Grown Rogue indoor cultivation centre, his chocolate bars, truffles, and caramels have been a favourite of chocolate connoisseurs world-wide. “I’ve been selectively searching, for many years, for a cannabis company to partner with,” said Shepherd in a press release. “I knew after my first discussions with Grown Rogue’s co-founders that Obie and Sarah Strickler, we’re the right fit.”
Even before Shepherd and Grown Rogue joined forces, the points of alignment were clear and evident. Both companies pride themselves on organic best practices.
“In carefully analyzing our edible line, we wanted to find an expert that not only shared our values but shared our vision for the right experience for customers,” said Obie Strickler, CEO and Co-Founder. “Jeff and his team have been pillars of the community and create delicious products as well as delightful experiences so we were excited to know Jeff felt the same way towards our team,” added Sarah Strickler, Grown Rogue Co-Founder and Director of Community Relations.
The first product the partnership will distribute will be under the GRAM brand – focused on high quality, affordable cannabis products. The line intends to expand further in 2019 under their luxury brand, Grown Rogue.
The dark chocolate bar contains 50mg of THC or CBD carefully mixed to ensure the dominant flavour remains the award-winning chocolate recipe. Unlike more functional chocolates that focus on the cannabis content, the company wants to provide a product that appeals to look, taste and aroma. The decision to appeal to a more gourmet clientele was what made them reach out to a well respected chocolatier in the industry.
GRAM Dark Chocolate edibles are now available in a select number of the 221 Oregon dispensaries that carry the Grown Rogue brands. Plans to distribute throughout California are in place for first quarter 2019. There is no known date as yet when they will make their THC infused dark chocolate will be available in Canada.
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