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Cannabis-Infused Chocolates for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is here and the time of love is upon us.  Cupid has his arrows of love ready for the unsuspecting soon-to-be couples.  In this chaotic world we live in, it’s time to spread some of that good loving again.

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Flowers are always the perfect choice of gifts for Valentine’s Day (and we DEFINITELY covered you with some great ‘flowers’ to use last year *wink wink*).  If you’re growing tiresome of the same route with a boutique of flowers, chocolate is always another excellent choice.  You can’t go wrong with chocolate; there’s nothing more entertaining than receiving a gift you can eat with your significant other.

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MakeSandcastlesNotWar is here for ENTERTAINMENT purposes, so it’s time we discuss the best CANNABIS-INFUSED chocolates out on the market.  We covered you last year with the cannabis strains for Valentine’s Day last year (read up again here) and now we are talking about chocolate today.

If you are looking to stock up on cannabis chocolates this year, here are some companies that produce some of the best chocolates in the legal states:

Kiva Confections

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Our first stop is Kiva Confections.  Known as one of the most famous cannabis companies in California, Kiva Confections creates amazing cannabis-infused chocolates.  They are known for their Kiva Bars that come in many flavors such as dark chocolate, milk chocolate, ginger dark chocolate, tangerine, and others.  Kiva Confections also sells products such as Terra Bites, Petra Mints, and Kiva Minis.  Definitely pick up one of these Kiva Confections chocolates for your special Valentine.


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Altai is another California-based chocolate company that is a little more on the artisan side.  They feature things like chocolate bon-bons and pips.  If you want a little greed in your chocolates, get some chocolate coins that are marked at 10 mg of THC each.  Not in the mood for chocolates?  Chew on some fruit gummies or have a soother.  This is where you want to go if you want some gorge on some fancy chocolate this year.

Coda Signature

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Next on the list yet another artisanal chocolate company, with this one being based in Colorado.  Coda Signature is most known for their colorful assortment of truffles that feature unique flavors in each one.  One unique truffle is the passion truffle from The Forté Collection that is a light caramel filled with tart passion fruit and just a hint of Szechuan pepper.  Colorado citizens should definitely go to Coda Signature for some delicious truffles.

Kaneh Co. 

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Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a brownie on Valentine’s Day – a brownie with 24K GOLD that is!  That’s one of the special products that San Diego-based company Kaneh Co. offers.  They offer edible cookies, but it’s the brownies that are the main stars of this 4/20 show.  Other brownie flavors include triple chocolate, s’mores, peanut butter fudge, and chocolate chip.  San Diegans should definitely shop at Kaneh Co. for some unique brownies.


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Last on our list of cannabis-infused sweets is BlueKudu.  BlueKudu not only features delicious chocolates in unique flavors, but they also have really creative packaging.  Each flavor (like orange or coffee!) ties in with an intriguing background featured on the box.  They feature products for both recreational and medicinal use; only difference is the higher amount of THC content in the medicinal bars.

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And that is a few of many companies presenting some of the most delicious chocolates out there.  Any 4/20 couples living in these legal states should definitely pick up one of these cannabis-infused edibles.  They will only make your Valentine’s Day much sweeter.

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!


Pot Cookies & Milk for Santa!

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Happy Christmas Eve everyone!  Tomorrow is Christmas, so Santa Claus will be popping by for a visit.  I’m so pumped to be opening presents, checking out a good film, munching down on quality Chinese food, and spending time with the family.  Looking forward to seeing what Santa has to bring for us this year!

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Since Santa’s coming by soon, its important to welcome him with his favorite treat – milk and cookies.  Leaving milk and cookies is a great way of saying ‘Thank you!’ to Kris Kringle.  A glass of warm milk and chocolate chip cookies will do well.

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But here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar, we wanted to give a BIG thank you to Santa with a special treat – pot cookies and milk.  Cannabis has been legal for over a year now (for CA, MA, ME, and NV!), so people can leave Santa some tasty edibles during his visit to your house.  Who knows, Santa might even leave a cannabis treat for you as well!

If you want to leave Santa a REAL special treat this year, here’s how to make cannabis infused cookies and milk:

Cannabis-Infused Milk

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  • 1 Cup of Whole Milk or Cream (no skim or low-fat!)
  • 1/8 ounce (3.5 grams) of freshly grinded cannabis


  • Grind up your cannabis until it becomes a fine consistency
  • Place your cannabis and milk together in the saucepan
  • Heat up the mixture on low heat for about 45 minutes. You must whisk constantly to prevent it from burning.  Leave it boiling and don’t ever let it boil.
  • Remove it from the heat and allow the cannabis milk to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Strain the milk through the cheesecloth at least once to remove the plant matter.

There’s your milk.  Now it’s time for the cookies!

Chocolate Chip Pot Cookies

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  • ½ cup Cannabutter
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • ¼ cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups of chocolate chip


  • Preheat that oven to 375 degrees and grease the baking sheet
  • Mix up the Cannabutter, egg, and sugars into a large bowl
  • Mix the baking soda, flour, and salt in a separate bowl
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture slowly. Stir all of the ingredients together
  • Form dough into 1-inch balls and place them at least two inches apart on the baking sheet
  • Bake cookies in oven for 10-12 minutes or until light brown
  • Cook on wire rack before serving.

And there you have it – pot cookies and milk for Santa.  Leave about one or two cookies for him (it’ll be MORE than enough!).

Well that’s all for today folks.  Have a Merry Christmas and I’ll be back again soon!


Hottest Video Games for Christmas 2017!

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Video games were always on my Christmas list as a kid.  There was always one (or usually more!) games I really wanted every year.  Other than new video games, I even asked Santa for new video game consoles once in a while.  The Super Nintendo was the first gaming console I got for Christmas back in 1994.  After receiving that first video game console, the rest was history.

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I’ve outgrown Christmas lists 23 years later, but video games continue to a hot item for the holidays.  With many new home gaming consoles to choose from (as well as Steam’s ever-growing digital library), the number of video game titles to add to your list is ENDLESS.

But thankfully enough, MakeSandcastlesNotWar is here to showcase some notable title to add for your Christmas list.  Here are some of the hottest titles to ask for Santa this year:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released alongside with the Nintendo Switch back in early March.  This new staple of The Legend of Zelda series follows Link after he awakens from a 100-year slumber.  A mysterious voice guides him to defeat Calamity Ganon before he destroys Hyrule Kingdom.  Legend of Zelda fans should definitely add The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to their Christmas list.


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Indie games are still making waves in the video game industry and Cuphead certainly proves it.  Cuphead takes players through a series of bosses to pay off a debt to the devil.  Players wander through this 1930s rubber hose style of cartoon animation (think old Walt Disney Animation cartoons with LSD!).  This vivid, yet challenging game will keep you playing for me.  Be sure to add Cuphead to your indie game library this Christmas.

Super Mario Odyssey

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Mario is out with another one of his games this year with Super Mario Odyssey.  Join Mario on the newest 3D platform-adventure game where you save Princess Peach from marrying Bowser.  Players can enjoy using Cappy, a spirit that possesses Mario’s hat and allows him to take control of characters and objects.  Make sure you add Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch to check out Mario’s latest adventure!

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix

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Kingdom Hearts fans will have to wait until next year for the third chapter of the franchise, but they can relieve the previous chapters with Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix for the PS4.  Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix combines six different Kingdom Hearts titles with updated HD graphics.  These games showcase the story leading up to the third title where Sora, Donald, Goofy, and others must thwart Master Xehanort’s plan of igniting a second Keyblade War.  Add this Kingdom Hearts bundle if you can’t wait until the third chapter of the series.

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

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Mario and Rabbids may seem like two different franchises, but the two actually mix well together.  Nintendo and Ubisoft combined their franchised characters for Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle.  You play through a turn-based tactical role-playing adventure where Mario and his friends (Luigi, Yoshi, and Princess Peach) battle against the hoard of Rabbids invading the Kingdom.  If you’re looking for a wackier game from the Mario series, then Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is definitely a game to add for your list.

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That’s some of the many hot gaming titles to check out for Christmas this year.  If you’ve been a good boy/girl this year, then you’ll definitely earn your desired games from Santa Claus.  Happy Gaming!


Christmas-Themed Cannabis!

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You guys…we have just ONE week left till Christmas.  Christmas time will be here, just SEVEN days later!  I’ve been so busy dealing with the cold weather that I hardly had time to realize that Christmas is right around the corner.

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Luckily for me, I DID remember my Christmas-themed posts for MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  I haven’t been looking into any PR miracles or nightmares that have happened lately (being that I’ve been getting my Christmas shopping done!).  Rather than bog you down with bad PR nightmares, its time to get some festive topics underway.

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One of the most important products of Christmas is the Christmas Tree.  Every year, Americans go out and pick a pine tree to hang up in their house.  This huge pine tree gets decorated with lights, popcorn strings, ornaments, a tree skirt, a star, and other accessories.  Once the tree is fully decorated, its time to light it up when night time comes.

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But that’s not the only tree that lights up during the Christmas season. 4/20-friendly users (like myself!) look forward to lighting up cannabis trees for the holidays.  Cannabis goes perfect for every holiday; not only is it great for celebrating, but it make for an amazing Christmas gift (FYI, it’s legal to send cannabis as a gift here in MA!).

With Christmas coming up in just ONE week, its time we discuss which cannabis trees to light up this year.  Here are some cannabis strains that would go perfect for your Christmas celebration:

Jack Frost

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Our first cannabis strain reminded me of the 1998 Christmas comedy-drama film with Michael Keaton as the snowman.  Jack Frost is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain that features an earthy, pine smell.  This strain will keep you happy and euphoric during the winter season.  Its been known to have THC content up to 22.6%.  I recommend Jack Frost (both the 1998 film and strain!) for this year’s Christmas season.

Sweet Tooth

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You devour a lot of cookies, candies, and other sweets during Christmas.  It’s the perfect time to feed your inner sweet tooth.  Sweet Tooth is another cannabis strain that should be a part of your Christmas season.  This indica strain contains a sweet aroma of berries and flowers.  It provides uplifting and euphoric effects that’ll help combat stress during those holiday blues.  Consume some Sweet Tooth cannabis while feeding your sweet tooth with treats this year.

Hawaiian Snow

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It’s like that how that Bing Crosby song goes – ‘Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day’.  Even if you’re not celebrating Christmas in Hawaii, Hawaiian Snow will still have you saying ‘Mele Kalikimaka!’.  Hawaiian Snow is a trifecta of the haze genetics (Pure Haze, Neville’s Haze, and Hawaiian Haze) and features intense spicy-incense aroma.  Consuming Hawaiian Snow will produce a stimulating head buzz perfect creative endeavors and social interactions.  Some users have been left with an overwhelming case of the giggles, which will help make your Christmas season much more cheerful!

Christmas OG

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Yes folks – even CHRISTMAS has its own cannabis strain.  Christmas OG is the pine-flavored hybrid strain known to relieve pain and insomnia.  This indica-dominant hybrid will make you sleepy, so be sure to consume it at night (especially before Christmas!).  Consume some Christmas OG trees while decorating that beautiful Christmas tree.

Sugar Plum

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Sugar plum fairies dance around your head at night while you drift off to sleep.  The sativa-dominant strain Sugar Plum won’t help you drift off quickly, but will drift you off to a euphoric state.  It contains an earthy and tropical flavor, producing long-lasting cerebral effects.  You’ll feel relaxed for the Christmas season after consuming some sugar plum cannabis.

That’s it for some recommended cannabis strains for Christmas.  If you’re looking for a more festive Christmas season, then check out these Christmas-themed cannabis strains.  You (and the tree!) will be real LIT this year.