Baked Bites: Crafting Bud-tter Infused Fruity Pebble Krispies

Written by Armando Ramirez, Illustrated by Ryan Ehrhart – 4/20 Edition 2024.

This recipe was shared with me by my generous neighbors, Samuel Pearson and Lane McLaughin, who have taught me more about cannabis each time I visit. This recipe focuses heavily on making cannabis-infused butter, which requires the most time and attention. 

Yet, with patience, I promise it will be worth it, as this butter can be added to enhance other cannabis culinary creations you choose to make. 

Ingredients: 

  • 9 cups of Fruity Pebbles (or Cocoa Pebbles) 
  • 1 bag of marshmallows
  • 1 cup of weed
  • 8 tablespoons of cannabutter

The first step, a crucial one, is the decarboxylation of the weed. This is important because it activates the cannabinoids present like THC that allow you to get high. Without this step, you would not be able to feel the desired effects. 

Decarboxylation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 245 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature activates the cannabinoids without burning the weed completely. 
  2. Put the desired weed amount into an oven-safe pan. It’s recommended to use a large sheet pan with parchment paper. The more evenly the weed is exposed to heat, the better. (Stems are okay, but they taste bitter. Feel free to remove them if you choose.) 
  3. Bake for 45 minutes or until it is almost golden brown. 

The butter should be cooked on low heat to prevent the loss of cannabinoids through the burning. Airtight containers are also essential for its preservation. 

Cannabutter: 

  1. In a large saucepan on the stove, put in ⅓ cup of water. 
  2. Put butter in, and heat on low until fully melted. Tip: 1 cup of butter for every 1 cup of weed. The strength of the weed, decarboxylation time and cooking time all affect the strength of the butter. Having an extra stick of butter can come in handy to add gradually into the pot while cooking. It makes the result taste much more mellow.
  3. Once fully melted, combine the weed into the mixture. 

As I previously mentioned, this step demands the most time and attention. 

  1. Keep on low heat for 2-3 hours, stirring frequently, making sure it does not boil. It is possible to cook the butter for up to 5 hours, but the longer it cooks, the stronger it will be. 2-3 hours should do the trick. 
  2. When the time has elapsed, strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a container. You can repeat this process until no plant remnants remain. 
  3. Allow the butter to sit for approximately 30 minutes for the butter to solidify. The water will fall beneath the butter, which you can discard. 

Now that you have your cannabutter, it’s time to make the treats. 

Fruity Pebble Krispies: 

  1. Line a sheet pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. This avoids messy hands. 
  2. Melt the cannabutter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. 
  3. Once melted, add in the marshmallows, stirring frequently, until the mixture is completely melted together. 
  4. Pour in the cereal and stir until combined. 
  5. Once combined, place the mixture onto the pan and press down firmly to compact. Let it set and then slice it into bars. 

Be sure not to forget to place the butter in the fridge. These sweet and gooey rainbow treats are a delightful way to eat a blend of a fruity flavor with a crispy texture, making them a fun nostalgic snack.