“Firecrackers” sounds like a terrific name for a potent product you’d pick up at a dispensary.
Or maybe it’s better for an exotic weed strain that’s a cross between Bruce Banner and Royal Gorilla, which would blow your head off and keep you locked to the couch for hours.
Who’d guess that “firecrackers” are one of the easiest edibles you could whip up at home to serve a gathering of like-minded friends — as well as an evening snack that can satisfy your sweet tooth while easing you into a terrific night’s sleep?
Firecrackers are the simplest treat you can make with weed. But be careful. They’re delicious, they’re potent (they’re called “firecrackers” for a reason) — and they can be addictive.
What Do You Need To Make Firecrackers?
Of course, you’ll have to start with weed.
You can use flower, you can use popcorn buds, you can use trim, you can even use concentrate. You can use any strain you’d like, bearing in mind the effects you want your firecrackers to have once you eat them.
But if you know anything about making edibles, you’ll have to decarb your weed to activate its THC. We’ll get into that shortly.
The other ingredients you’ll need are crackers and a fatty spread made from nuts or seeds. You might be tempted to use melted chocolate instead, but there’s a reason for using fattier spreads. Weed fully bonds to fat, so there’s no need to add extra ingredients or mess around with cooking in order to preserve its potency.
Most people (the ones who probably spent too much time making S’mores around a campfire) use graham crackers and peanut butter. But you don’t have to restrict yourself to time-honored traditions; we’ll discuss some other options later on.
Let’s start with weed, graham crackers, and peanut butter.
Decarbing the Weed
You can make fast-and-easy firecrackers in just a minute or two. The only “real” time you have to spend is the time needed to decarboxylate (decarb) your cannabis.
If you’ve never made edibles before, here’s the short explanation. The bud you purchase doesn’t contain THC, it contains the “precursor” acid to THC known as THCA. When you smoke or vape, the heat automatically converts THCA into THC. For other uses, though, you have to do the conversion yourself.
Don’t worry, it takes less than an hour. And once you’ve decarbed a bunch of weed, you’ll have it on hand to make edibles (or capsules, or tinctures, or oils) whenever you feel the urge.
Here’s what to do.
- Crumple some tin foil so it has creases in it, and then spread it out on a baking sheet.
- Grind or break your weed into small pieces the size of rice grains, and place it on the foil in a single layer.
- Cover with another piece of foil.
- Bake at 225°-230° for 30-45 minutes until the flower is golden brown.
That’s all there is to it. You’re now ready to make firecrackers.
How to Make Simple Firecrackers
Once you have decarbed weed, peanut butter, and graham crackers ready to go, these firecrackers will be ready in a flash.
- Start with 1-2 grams of decarbed weed and mix it thoroughly into ½ cup of peanut butter.
- Spread some of the weed/peanut mixtures onto a graham cracker.
We told you they were simple. There are a few things to remember, though.
First, the basic rule for edibles applies to firecrackers, too: start low and go slow. There’s no science to dosing edibles; you have to use trial and error. Use less weed than you think you’ll need, see how it affects you, and then increase (or decrease) your dosage the next time.
That’s why our initial recipe only calls for 1-2 grams of pot. This mixture should be enough to cover about ten graham crackers and deliver a moderate dose. If you find that’s not enough, it’s easy to add more weed to the next batch.
Second, it takes 30-60 minutes before the effects of an edible hit, because the food has to be digested before its THC is released.
That’s where the danger becomes evident. Firecrackers are delicious. And just as with potato chips, it’s hard to eat just one. You could easily down a few of them because they’re so yummy — and end up down for the count an hour later when you only wanted a nice, mellow buzz.
Want to make your firecrackers even tastier?
Alternative Ways to Make Firecrackers
Toasted Firecracker Sandwiches
Once you’ve made a basic firecracker, place another graham cracker on top and fully wrap the “sandwich” in tin foil. Bake at 300° for 20 minutes, then let it cool down and enjoy.
The extra step takes longer, of course, but it makes the firecracker gooier and tastier — and the foil keeps all of the weed’s active ingredients from escaping.
Want to spice it up a little? Try putting a few dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg on top of the peanut butter before the sandwich goes into the oven.
And if you’ve been salivating ever since we mentioned chocolate in an earlier section, you can put some chocolate on top of the peanut butter before baking. Just don’t mix it together with the peanut butter and weed; let those two ingredients play nicely together while the chocolate melts on top.
Yummy Alternatives for Firecrackers
There are lots of possibilities.
- Chocoholics: use Nutella instead of peanut butter. It contains enough fat for the cannabis to bind nicely to it, and if you top the firecracker with marshmallow fluff your treat will deliver the “S’mores” taste you may be craving.
- Other Spreads: Hazelnut spread provides a different taste, and it’s very high in fat. Those with nut allergies might want to substitute sunflower butter, which is a lot tastier than it sounds.
- Adding Fruit: Most fruits will be better on unbaked firecrackers, but putting some sliced banana, strawberries, or kiwi fruit on top will add flavor, help cover the weed taste — and let you tell yourself you’re eating something healthy.
- Different Cookies or Crackers: Vanilla wafers work well; you can also try ginger snaps for spice, or icebox cookies as a different way to get chocolate into the mix. And there’s no reason you can’t use Ritz crackers, grain crackers, or other savory choices.
- Crunch: Try mixing in some ground nuts or potato chips, or some Rice Krispies to add texture to your firecrackers.
One more time: be careful! Weed might not be physically addictive, but firecrackers can be!
How to Make Firecrackers: FAQ
Q: Approximately how much THC is in the firecracker recipe you’ve mentioned?
A: It really depends on the potency of your weed. But using approximate numbers, a strain with about 20% THC content could provide about 20mg per treat if you mix in one gram of decarbed flower, 40mg per treat if you mix in two grams.
Q: Can you make firecrackers with cheese to create “party” appetizers?
A: It can be tricky because most cheeses don’t have enough fat for the weed to properly bond to them. If you want to give it a try, look for a spreadable cheese spread with high-fat content, and mix it with some butter. That’s worked for some people.