My grandmother has always had a burr in her saddle about Willie Nelson. It dates back to the sixties (I believe) when my father was going to his first Willie Nelson concert at Red Rocks. My father kept trying to point out to her that Willie had a very similar background to her own. Not only did Willie get his start in a polka band, but his music and taste were very much in line with her own (well most of his tastes). Hell, even my stoic-ass grandfather was a fan of Willie’s music. There was always one thing that my grandmother didn’t like about Willie Nelson. It was all that whacky tobaccy use. Sadly, with my grandmother now going on 97, she still has not changed her viewpoint on cannabis use. It’s a cruel irony that many of the medicinal attributes of cannabis could do her a world of good in her old aDark Chocolatege and help her cut back on pain meds. Despite my grandmother’s opinion that Willie should stop consuming marijuana, he just hasn’t. On the contrary, he even has his very own cannabis company now called Willie’s Reserve. If you’ve never sampled any of the products from Willie’s Reserve, then now is the time! Today I want to talk about Annie Nelson’s Infused Chocolate, but they are just a small part of the full line of Willie’s Reserve products which includes pre-rolls, loose cannabis, and even vape pens. To get an idea of what makes these chocolates unique and what sets them apart from the rest of the marijuana edibles on the market I corresponded with Ryan, the COO of Willie’s Reserve. As with any edible product, I wanted to know what components start the process of making these amazing chocolates. As it turns out, “The recipe for Annie’s Infused Chocolates is based on the one she developed to keep Willie [and] company on the road, and follows the same strict ‘Zero Crap Policy.’ Each ingredient is picked with care.” With a seasoned edible pro like Annie Nelson, helming the recipe, I can see how these old-school chocolates taste so classic. Another key step in production is using a low heat method. “[The] use of low-heat techniques keep the chocolate’s raw vitality and flavor” and “lower temperatures preserve a greater spectrum of the flower’s beneficial effects.” This holistic approach to harvesting and extracting the cannabis is the first step to making the end products so delectable. “When the ingredients come together, the result is an antioxidant-rich, gluten-free, vegan, low dose confection. It’s a cannabis-infused superfood, appropriate for both new and experienced consumers.” I knew the basics and I understood what puts Willie’s Reserve Annie Nelson’s Infused Chocolate apart from the rest of the pack. I also wanted to find out whether this was just Willie’s name behind the product or if it was actually inspired by his concepts (using his wife’s recipe for the chocolate was pointing me to infer he does have a major role). As Ryan says it, Yes, “Willie Nelson has been directly involved in creating the Willie’s Reserve brand since the very first day. He’s a founder in the company, and holds the appropriate title of Chief Tasting Officer (CTO). He’s very good at the job.” Now that’s a job title that any of us would be proud to announce before sparking up a fat joint. “And as with his music, Willie’s cannabis business is a family affair. Willie’s wife Annie Nelson is also hands-on in product development, guiding recipes and product standards for the edible line.” With a proper background in place, the mood and the time was right to get in there and see just how good these chocolates are! I had the fortune of not having only one, but two different Willie’s Reserve Annie Nelson’s Infused Chocolates to sample Maui Espresso Bean and Dark Chocolate with Himalayan Sea Salt.
If you want to get your hands on the chocolates that kept Willie rockin’ for so many years, you can peruse the lineup of Willie’s Reserve edibles, flower, and pre-rolls at Smokin Gun Apothecary, located in Glendale Colorado. Smokin Gun is a unique cannabis experience where the history of prohibition and the war on drugs comes to light through an experience that’s half museum and half amazing retail dispensary. Check out Willie’s Reserve at Smokin Gun Apothecary today and don’t forget to take advantage of Smokin Gun’s local Coloradan discount.
Annie Nelson’s Infused Chocolates Dark Chocolate with Himalayan Sea Salt :: Appearance | Smell | Taste | Effect:
I decided I would start with the milder flavor of Dark Chocolate with Himalayan Sea Salt. I feel like now is the opportune moment to comment on how cool the packaging is for Willie’s Reserve. If you’ve had a lot of experience in the past with tamper-resistant packaging, then you know just how insanely difficult it can be to get into. Willie’s Reserve Annie Nelson’s Infused Chocolate have transcended standard packaging. Their presentation, while still tamper-resistant, is made mostly out of cardboard with minimal use of plastic, which makes them recyclable. Not only were the boxes housing my chocolate easily recyclable and tamper-resistant, but they were very easy to get into for an adult. Each box contains eight chocolates, each containing five milligrams of THC. Thinking of a perfect sample dose for my first time trying Willie’s Reserve, I decided I was going to have two bars for a grand total of ten milligrams of THC. I removed one of the little, divided chocolate bars and held it in my hand for a moment before taking a large bite- who am I kidding I ate the entire thing in one bite. The very first flavor that hit my mouth was deliciously dark chocolate. I’m talking about the good stuff. After the initial flavor of the dark rich chocolate started to melt in my mouth a couple other flavors joined the party. A slight pinch of salt accentuated the dark chocolate flavors and an ea