San Francisco Bay Area Collectives
Photos & Text by Brendan Franklin
The era of the Canna Chef is fast upon us. The days of underground home kitchens like Brownie Mary’s have long passed and edible manufacturing has since graduated to commercial kitchens worthy of any mainstream top chef. Shawn D. Smith is one of those chefs, crafting unique hand-made cannabis edibles for Edible Ideas. His creations are made from locally sourced ingredients and full of the kind of flavors one expects from the best restaurants in the world. Yes, that good. Think truffles, layer cakes, and in this case a thin traditional Dutch waffle, or stroopwafel, filled with caramel and brushed with chocolate. Edible Ideas makes the Canna Stroop Waffle in their small craft East Bay kitchen and serves them up at a variety of Bay Area collectives. I sourced mine from The Apothecarium, a standout San Francisco dispensary.
Each waffle is hand rolled, hand pressed and hand filled, sticking to the century old traditions of the stroopwafel. The caramel is made using raw ingredients cooked slowly on the stove until brown and gooey. Edible Ideas improves upon the traditional Dutch stroopwafel recipe with the addition of cannabutter added to the caramel, and a strip of chocolate brushed across one of the waffle’s sides. Adhering to strict standards, Edible Ideas has their cannabis tested for content and plant health. High CBD + THC oil is extracted from the cannabis via an alcohol distillation method and is tested again. The resulting pure cannabis oil dissolves well into melted butter, allowing for a safe, consistently potent cannabutter which is the basis of many of Edible Ideas’ recipes, including the Canna Stroop Waffle.
Canna Stroop Waffles comes in 3 sizes: 4 dose, 8 dose, and 12 dose. I sampled the 4 dose. At nearly 4 inches in diameter, this large waffle is toasted brown in color with a strip of chocolate that teases you to take a bite. The first nibble brings on the aroma of cinnamon, the sweetness of chocolate and the crispness of the waffle. Bite further to break through the integrity of the gooey caramel. The slight taste of cannabis blends well with the overall flavor of the Canna Stroop Waffle, just as Chef Shawn envisioned.
As a daily cannabis user, I chose to eat just half of the waffle, the equivalent of 2 doses worth of marijuana medicine. After about 45 minutes, I started to feel lifted and lighter. Fifteen minutes more and the medicine really took effect. One hour into the experience, the effect of the Canna Stroop Waffle is far more body high than cerebral. Relaxing waves pulse through my body and a mild numbness is felt in the outer extremities. As with all edibles, I encourage new patients to go easy, as eating the complete waffle might offer more numbing pain relief than may comfortably be experienced in public. The peak experience felt after eating a Canna Stroop Waffle will last a solid 3 hours, with residual relief lasting considerably longer.
The Canna Stroop Waffle is more than just potent, tasty cannabis medicine. The delicious flavors represent expertise acquired through decades of work, applied with the sensibility and passion exhibited by the most successful cannabis pioneers. I’ve got the distinct feeling we have much more to expect from Chef Shawn D. Smith and Edible Ideas.