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Pot Brownie Bracketology Round 1: The Recipe Rebel vs. Julia Child

March 31, 2016

Welcome to Leafly’s Pot Brownie Bracketology, where March Madness meets reefer madness and we search low and high to discover the absolute best cannabis brownie recipe ever.

The contenders: Absolutely the Best Brownies Ever (by The Recipe Rebel) vs. Best-Ever Brownies (by Julia Child)

The story: These two competitors are making some big claims. Between Absolutely the Best Brownies Ever and Best-Ever Brownies, who do we trust? Do we rely on Julia Child, whose revolutionary recipes have shaped the world of delicious baked goods over the course of decades? Do we take a baking blogger named Ashley at her word that she can out-do Julia? Furthermore, will either recipe be amazing when infused? Read on to see which classic chocolate square is telling the truth about being the best.


Brownie A: Absolutely the Best Brownies Ever

Recipe Rebel's "Absolutely the Best (cannabis-infused) Brownie Ever"
Get the Recipe Rebel’s cannabis-infused brownie recipe here

Creator: The Recipe Rebel

Original recipe contains cannabis? No

Why we picked it: We went Googling in search of the best brownie recipe out there and came across this title. Sometimes you have to take these things at face value.

What we liked best: How easy these brownies are to make and clean up. One pot + one whisk + one pan = all the love.

What we liked least: Sadly, these probably aren’t the absolute best brownies ever.

Most valuable ingredient: Whole wheat flour. It gives these brownies more character and depth than standard all-purpose would.

Judges’ notes:

“I really stretched out some muscles and wasn’t too overwhelmed by the high.” –Rocco DeVito, project manager

“More grass smell and flavor compared to [Julia Child] but otherwise normal brownie.” –Adrian, developer

“Very chewy, love the chocolate chips. Dry mouth. Great head high…lasted all night.” ­–Lisa Rough, associate editor

Best Pot Brownies: The Recipe Rebel's "Absolutely the Best Brownies Ever" Recipe


Brownie B: Best-Ever Brownies

Julie Child's "Best-Ever" cannabis-infused brownie
Get Julia Child’s cannabis-infused brownie recipe here

Creator: Julia Child

Original recipe contains cannabis? No

Why we picked it: As the original celebrity chef, Julia Child paved the way for every other famous chef in our bracket. We’ve also heard she knew how to bake.

What we liked best: How incredibly fudgy these brownies are.

What we liked least: All of the steps in this recipe – sifting, double-boiling, folding…enough already.

Most valuable ingredient: A mix of unsweetened chocolate and bittersweet chocolate, chopped and melted in with the butter.

Judges’ notes:

“A little salty between bites. Faint grass smell.” –Adrian, developer

“Delicious brownie.” –Rocco DeVito, project manager

“Edibles affect me a lot, and this brownie was the right dosage for me to still go out and be social without being stoned out of my mind.” –Darren Harris, data entry specialist

“Effects: sooooo good. Heavy eyes but not couchlocked. …Ok, maybe a little sleepy.” –Lisa Rough, associate editor

Best Pot Brownies: Julia Child’s “Best-Ever” Cannabis Brownie Recipe


Scores (Average of Two Judges):

The Recipe Rebel Julia Child
Appearance 4 4
Aroma 3.5 3.5
Texture 3 4
Flavor 4 4
Potency/Effects 2.5 4.5
Total 17 20

Winner: Julia Child!


How will Julia Child’s Best-Ever Brownies fare in the semi-final against our editor’s mom’s brownie recipe? Find out on Saturday! See all of the matchups at our Pot Brownie Bracketology home page.

Pot Brownie Bracketology: The Search for the Best Cannabis Brownie Recipe Ever

Note: Dosing homemade edibles can be tricky (click here to learn why), so the best way to test for potency is to start with one portion of a serving, wait one to two hours, then make an informed decision on whether to consume more. Always dose carefully and listen to your body, and never drive under the influence of cannabis.

Image Source: Sara Dilley