Photos by Cody Gehret, courtesy of Korova Edibles
California-based Korova Edibles has no time for subpar. That’s part of why they tirelessly test for a number of impurities in their cannabis, including potency, molds, and pesticides — throughout multiple stages of production. Oh, and their products can be found in over 700 California locations. So you could say the company is mad serious about how they approach both the herb and the heavenly confections they craft with it, such as a wide variety of cookies, bars, and even popcorn. And they’re not messing around either: these next-level treats can be as strong as they are delicious, with some Korova products including as much as 1000mg of THC.
MERRY JANE talked with Joseph Gerlach, the owner at Korova, to learn more about the company, as well as talk edibles culture. The fine folks at Korova even share their recipe for Unrivaled Chocolate Chip Cookies — blessings on blessings, y’all.
Korova’s Unrivaled Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Makes 20 cookies)
1 cup cannabis-infused butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 (3.5-oz.) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Add pudding mix, eggs, and vanilla.
Combine flour and baking soda; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips.
Drop teaspoonfuls of the dough onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
MERRY JANE: How did Korova develop its cookie focus?
Joseph Gerlach: We wanted to focus on handcrafted recipes that fit with most cookie recipes. Our Saturday Morning cookie, for example, requires baking a specific “crumb” that’s made by hand. It takes longer, but it’s so worth it for an authentic, crunchy texture.
Why are baked goods so O.G. in the edibles world? How have you seen them evolve over the past few years?
Baked goods have always been a favorite [of] people making cannabis-infused butter and edibles in general. 99 percent of all THC becomes active, ensuring a very effective final product. The consistency and quality control standards in recent years have been the biggest evolution.
Tell me a little about how Korova fits into the more national edibles community.
Korova is currently franchised in Nevada and Arizona, with new requests for our products coming from out-of-state daily. I think the dominoes are falling as far as legalization, and, within our lifetime, all 50 states will pass legislation legalizing marijuana.
How is marijuana becoming more mainstream? Do you notice that in pop culture, as well as in business?
You see it in music, with artists like Wiz Khalifa handing branded nugs to open-handed paparazzo outside of a club on Hollywood Boulevard. You see it with Obama’s daughter smoking at a festival and nobody batting an eye. Legalization will allow countless Californians access to cannabis including a large demographic who have abstained simply based on the laws.
What do you think is the final frontier for edibles?
Edibles are being made with distillate more and more, and we’re seeing edibles becoming more accurately dosed. There’s a much greater attention to detail when it comes to quality control standards and taste. This trend will accelerate with the implementation of laws and guidelines.
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Tell me about this dish you're sharing with us today. Any pairing tips?
Today we're sharing with you our unrivaled chocolate chip cookie recipe. The pudding mix combined with heavy chocolate chips and brown sugar make for a classic home-style treat. I would suggest pairing this with an ice-cold glass of milk.
For more on Korova Edibles, including where to buy their dank-ass treats, visit the company's wesbite here.
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