For some of us, every day is chocolate chip day, but did you know we Americans love them so much that we have two official days that celebrate chocolate chips? May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day, and August 4 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day.
These mouth-watering morsels were first introduced by Nestlé in 1940 to accompany their already famous chocolate chip cookie recipe, and they’ve been beloved in baked goods, desserts, and by the handful ever since.
While we may not get a day off work to observe it, we chocolate lovers certainly consider this an important opportunity to celebrate these little bundles of joy.
Chocolate also carries a bevy of health benefits, including antioxidant and calming properties. And if that’s already the case, why not combine it with the therapeutic benefits of CBD for the ultimate in soothing and indulgent treats?
There are several ways we can celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day the CBD way, from cookies to muffins and more. In fact, we have an idea for pretty much any time of the day.
How to Bake With CBD
If you’ve never considered baking with CBD and are wondering where to begin, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a multitude of safe and easy ways to incorporate CBD into your recipe.
Making your own CBD flour is always an option, although it requires a bit of complicated preparation to decarboxylate or activate the cannabinoids in your hemp.
You can also infuse CBD directly into your butter simply by melting the butter, mixing in CBD tincture or oil, and letting it cook on low heat for a couple of hours.
CBD baking oil and olive oil are very easy, if often pricey, options for devoted CBD bakers. You can also use isolate to infuse CBD into cooking oil, although it can be a pretty complicated process.
For those of us who are first-time CBD bakers or casual bakers, the second-easiest option (we’ll look at the very easiest later) is to simply add a few drops of your favorite CBD tincture into your recipe. You can even experiment with flavored textures.
How Much Should I Use?
How much CBD tincture should you add to your recipe? A good rule of thumb is to first decide on your desired amount per serving. And this comes down to how many treats you think you’ll eat at a time. For instance, if you’re making a dozen cookies, and you want your daily serving of CBD in one cookie, then multiply your daily serving by 12.
Also, keep in mind that CBD ingested through an edible requires a little longer to take effect. So be patient!
An Anytime Treat: The Classic
For most of us, when we think of chocolate chips, we think of cookies. That iconic blend of crunchiness and smoothness, the ooey-gooey goodness, the smell filling the kitchen … sorry, we got a little carried away.
Simply adding tincture to grandma’s amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe works just fine and allows you to get all the great benefits of CBD with your favorite cookie.
If you’d prefer a guide for your first time out, recipes crafted specifically for CBD will be crafted specifically to incorporate tincture into your cookie and are a tried-and-true place to start.
Breakfast: Get the Griddle Ready
Kick off Chocolate Chip Day with the most important meal of the day. Many people choose to enjoy their CBD in the morning to set the tone for their day. And few things set the tone for a good day better than chocolate.
Be sure to keep in mind how many pancakes or waffles you plan to eat when you’re adding tincture to your batter, and stir it well to make sure it’s spread evenly throughout. And don’t forget to add those chocolate chips!
Brunch: Do You Know the Muffins, Man?
While cookies hog the spotlight when it comes to chocolate chip treats, muffins are a fluffy, moist, absolutely delectable way to both celebrate the morsel and infuse CBD.
Choose your favorite chocolate chip muffin recipe, and make your next brunch extra special.
Snack: Muffin Tops
This is a great name both for the treat and for what we’ll get if we enjoy a few too many of them.
If you love both cookies and muffins but can’t decide which one to bake, why not consider this happy medium? Essentially, you prepare them like muffins and bake them like cookies.
Plus, since they’re not really cookies or muffins, there’s nothing to say you can’t have them for breakfast, or dessert, or a relaxing mid-afternoon break.
Dessert: Say Cheese … Cake
Say what? Chances are, cheesecake hasn’t crossed your mind since we started talking about chocolate chips and CBD. But a chocolate chip cheesecake is an inventive way to top off a fantastic dinner while working on the benefits of CBD.
If you’re not up for an entire cheesecake, consider chocolate chip cheesecake bars for an extra-decadent treat that delivers chips, cheesecake, brownie, and CBD in every bite.
Easy Dessert: A Parfait? Perfect.
This is the Goldilocks of chocolate chip desserts. It incorporates chocolate chip cookies but adds plenty of other deliciousness for those looking for a bit more in their dessert experience.
A simple recipe lets you experiment with where you want to add CBD — in the cookie base or the filling.
Or, if you’re feeling really inventive, you can make a CBD caramel sauce to top off your chocolate chip parfait.
No Dairy? No Problem.
There’s a bounty of dairy-free and vegan chocolate chip options on the market today. And, with great vegan chocolate chip cookie recipes and other dessert recipes out there, you don’t have to miss out on the Chocolate Chip Day fun.
Let Somebody Else Do the Baking
Remember when we mentioned there was an even easier option to adding CBD to your favorite chocolate chip treats? This is it — buy premade CBD chocolate chip treats!
From delicious chocolate chip cookies and cakes to decadent brownies and bread, there are ready-made CBD products just waiting for you to enjoy them. Nearly every city has at least one bakery that works with CBD, and it even appears in ice cream and donuts. So, whether you’re craving some mint chocolate chip or a cannoli, there’s an option for you.
Of course, you don’t need a special occasion to enjoy either chocolate chips or CBD. Feel free to use the suggestions above or simply add CBD to your favorite chocolate chip treat, and make the most of a calming, delicious bite to share or simply to treat yourself.
If you’re ready to try a premade chocolate chip CBD treat, try our chocolate chip cookie with protein.