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Pot Brownie Bracketology Round 1: The Cannabist vs. High Times

March 30, 2016

Welcome to Leafly’s Pot Brownie Bracketology, where March Madness meets reefer madness and we search low and high to discover the absolute best cannabis brownie recipe.

The contenders: Triple Chocolate Brownies (by The Cannabist) vs. Classic Cannabis Brownies (by High Times)

The story: In terms of cannabis coverage, it doesn’t get more classic than High Times – the outlet just celebrated 40 years in the industry, and we looked to it for a truly classic cannabis brownie. Its recipe went head to head with a triple-choc recipe from the team over at The Cannabist. We weren’t sure how to predict this one, which made the decisive outcome that much more eyebrow-raising.


Brownie A: Triple Chocolate Brownies

The Cannabist's triple chocolate cannabis-infused brownie
Get The Cannabist’s cannabis-infused brownie recipe here

Creator: The Cannabist

Original recipe contains cannabis? Yes

Why we picked it: Recipe author Laurie Wolf has over 30 years of experience in recipe development and produces her own brand of infused edibles. The recipe promised to take pot brownies to the next level, and our interest was piqued.

What we liked best: The texture: creamy white chocolate and crunchy chopped nuts come together to great effect.

What we liked least: With all its toppings, the flavor of the brownie itself gets a bit lost.

Most valuable ingredient: The hazelnuts – a judge favorite across the board.

Judges’ notes:

“The nuts…were an added bonus.” –Kristin Kofmehl, events coordinator

“The nuts on top made this one more visually appealing and gave it a nice texture.” –Andrew McCabe, IT systems administrator

“Tasted a lot better than it looked.” –Rebecca Kelley, senior content marketing manager

Best Pot Brownies: The Cannabist’s “Next-Level” Triple Chocolate Recipe


Brownie B: Classic Cannabis Brownies

High Times' classic cannabis-infused brownies
Get High Times’ cannabis-infused brownie recipe here

Creator: High Times

Original recipe contains cannabis? Yes

Why we picked it: We went looking for a classic cannabis brownie, and this recipe’s title spelled it out.

What we liked best: It’s no-frills.

What we liked least: The recipe calls for just one quarter of a cup of cannabutter, resulting in the weakest final product of any of the eight recipes in the bracket – including the vilified Batali recipe, which High Times itself has called “Mario Batali’s embarrassing pot brownie fail.”

Most valuable ingredient: Applesauce – the brownies would have been too dry without it.

Judges’ notes:

“This brownie was a little nugget of flaky deliciousness…with little chocolate chip surprises. The high was mellow and uplifting and spurred conversation and creativity instead of a nap.” ­–Kristin Kofmehl, event coordinator

“The chocolate chips were a nice touch.” –Sara Dilley, photo editor

“Very weak potency, if any?” –Daniel Girodat, senior software engineer

Best Pot Brownies: High Times’ Classic Cannabis Brownie Recipe


Scores (Average of Two Judges):

  The Cannabist High Times
Appearance 4.5 3
Aroma 4 4
Texture 5 3.5
Flavor 4.5 4
Potency 3.5 2.5
Total 21.5 17


Winner: The Cannabist!

How will The Cannabist’s Triple Chocolate Brownies fare in the semi-final against Edibles Magazine’s 420 Irish Brownies? Find out on Friday! And check back tomorrow to find out who will win two more Round 1 faceoffs: our editor’s mom versus Martha Stewart, and a rebellious blogger versus Julia Child.

Pot Brownie Bracketology: The Search for the Best Cannabis Brownie Recipe Ever

Note: Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (click here to learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.