Grown Rogue International has partnered with an artisan confectioner to produce cannabis-infused chocolates.
The confectionery company – Jeff Shepherd – will produce chocolates under the Gram and Grown Rogue brands containing THC and CBD.
“As in many areas of the cannabis industry, most edible products have been invented with a ‘cannabis-first’ thought process, but we decided that a more optimal path was to ensure that what we provide to consumers appeals to their senses in terms of look, taste, and aroma,” said Grown Rogue co-founder Sarah Strickler.
“To accomplish this vision, we partnered with one of the most respected chocolatiers in the industry – just in time to have product available for the holiday season.”
Jeff Shepherd claims a world-renowned reputation and has received international awards for his organic, hand-made confectionery creations. He is based in Southern Oregon, just three miles from the Grown Rogue indoor cannabis-cultivation centre.
“I’ve been selectively searching, for many years, for a cannabis company to partner with,” said Shepherd. “I knew after my first discussions with Grown Rogue’s co-founders that Obie and Sarah Strickler, we’re the right fit.”
“In carefully analysing our edible line, we wanted to find an expert that not only shared our values but shared our vision for the right experience for customers,” said Rogue co-founder and CEO Obie Strickler.
“Jeff and his team have been pillars of the community and create delicious products as well as delightful experiences so we were excited to know Jeff felt the same way towards our team,” added Sarah Strickler.
The first cannabis-infused chocolates the partnership will distribute will be marketed under the Gram brand – pictured above – which will focus on high-quality, affordable cannabis products. “The Gram brand is the ideal way to launch our partnership as we gain market insights and establish our edibles line of products,” added Obie Strickler. “Next year, we will launch more edibles under our luxury brand – Grown Rogue.”
The dark chocolate Gram bar contains 50mg of THC or CBD carefully mixed to ensure the dominant flavour remains the award-winning chocolate recipe.
Gram Dark Chocolate edibles are now available in selected Oregon dispensaries that carry the Grown Rogue brands. Plans to distribute throughout California are in place for first quarter next year.
Grown Rogue International describes itself as “a vertically-integrated, multi-state cannabis brand specialising in ‘seed-to-experience’ products”.
Grown Rogue’s diverse product suite includes premium flower, patent-pending nitrogen sealed pre-rolls, 3.5g flower jars, oil and concentrate distillates, and now cannabis-infused chocolates.