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Pot Brownie Bracketology Semifinal 2: Our Editor’s Mom vs. Julia Child

April 2, 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: Our Editor’s Mom’s Brownies (by Mrs. Barbara Martin) vs. Best-Ever Brownies (by Julia Child)

The story: Having already taken down one big-name baking celeb in round one (sorry, Martha Stewart), the momentum of Mrs. Barbara Martin’s brownies may be hard to stop in round two. The raspberry-studded sensations earned a higher total score than any other contestant in the competition thus far. On the other hand, the brownies that Mrs. Martin’s beat out were cakey, pecan-filled and frosted, and the ones they’ll face in round two are the polar opposite: classic, fudgy, and sans icing. Can Julia Child’s pure chocolate squares take down the cool, colorful dessert favored to win this round? Let’s find out.

Brownie ASam’s Mom’s Brownies

Cannabis-infused raspberry chocolate brownie on red and white striped tablecloth

Get the full recipe here.

Creator: Mrs. Barbara Martin of Brisbane, Qld., Australia

Original recipe contains cannabis? No

First round strengths: Aroma and potency; this recipe scored two rare perfect fives in these categories during round one.

First round weaknesses: Very few.

Most Valuable Ingredient: Dutch process cocoa powder. It’s harder to track down than the standard natural cocoa powder, but the Dutch stuff imparts a darker color and softer, earthier chocolate flavor.

Judges’ notes:

“Lots of mush, but great effects and it worked as a painkiller fairly well.” –Naomi Fowler, senior marketing CRM manager

“I could smell this thing through my purse. Texture was almost fudge-like.” –Sharee Church, sales support specialist

“Needed more of a ‘brownie’ texture – otherwise #perf.” –Kelly Bennett, mobile application developer

Best Pot Brownies: Our Editor's Mom's Cannabis Brownie Recipe

Brownie B – Best-Ever Brownies

Julia Child's "Best-Ever" cannabis-infused chocolate brownie on table

Get the full recipe here.

Creator: Julia Child

Original recipe contains cannabis? No

First round strengths: Consistent scores across all five categories.

First round weaknesses: Few distinguishing characteristics.

Most Valuable Ingredient: Extra chopped chocolate. Mrs. Childs’ and Mrs. Martin’s recipes are in fact quite similar, but Julia brings in about six ounces of real chopped chocolate to Barbara’s four.

Judges’ notes:

“Takes an hour for full effect, lasts 3+ hours.” –Adrian, developer

“A bit squishy for my taste.” –Lisa Rough, associate editor

“It’s mild enough as far as strength, but the effects are long-lasting. This is perfect for someone who’s looking for a long but mellow high.” –Darren Harris, data entry specialist

Best Pot Brownies: Julia Child's "Best-Ever" Cannabis Brownie Recipe

Scores (Average of Two Judges):

Our Editor’s Mom Julia Child
Appearance 3.5 4
Aroma 3.5 3.5
Texture 4 3.5
Flavor 3.5 3.5
Potency/Effects 4.5 4
Total 19 18.5


Winner: Sam’s mom!

Will Sam’s mom’s raspberry brownies be able to defeat The Cannabist’s triple chocolate ones? Find out on our Pot Brownie Bracketology home page in the championship post on Monday!

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.