Here are the best CBD chocolates you can buy online.
Cannabidiol (CBD’s) astronomical rise to mainstream stardom isn’t a fluke. Its popularity is a direct result of how beneficial it is for your body. Many users around the world consume CBD-infused hemp products for a range of recreational and social reasons, as well as health and wellness reasons.
As of April 2020, cannabis-infused product sales have reached $3 billion. Solid edibles, which includes CBD chocolate, make up 90% of these sales. This is a staggering number and a testament to the popularity of CBD chocolate, as well as other CBD edibles.
What makes CBD chocolates so popular is the combo of being non-intoxicating, beneficial to your body, and ridiculously tasty. We always stock a bar or two of CBD chocolate for days when relaxation is the only thing on our minds.
8 Best CBD-Infused Chocolates
We've tested the top brands. Here are the best full-spectrum and broad-spectrum (THC-free) CBD chocolates you can order online.
When we purchase hemp-derived CBD chocolate, we don’t just randomly pick something out. There’s a process we follow in order to curate the best CBD chocolates on the market. This process is how we vet companies and products for our Best CBD Products lists.
1. Choose a reputable CBD brand
Choosing a legitimate CBD brand is crucial. There are many amazing CBD brands out there with equally amazing CBD chocolate for you to choose from. There are also many terrible brands out there with poor quality CBD chocolates.
We look for third-party reviews, social media profiles, customer complaints, business history, among other factors to determine if the business has a raving reputation. If we're not a huge fan of the brand, we won't recommend it. Period.
2. Keep an eye out for superior full-spectrum CBD extracts
Full-spectrum hemp extracts are arguably the superior choice for your CBD chocolate. They contain a full range of the following:
Other beneficial plant compounds — fatty acids, etc.
Together, these plant compounds are said to work synergistically. The theory is cannabinoids and terpenoids enhance each other’s psychoactive benefits within your body. This synergistic phenomenon is known as the entourage effect.
3. Third-party lab tests are vital
Third-party testing is arguably the most important thing to look out for when purchasing CBD chocolate.
Third-party tests are conducted on all CBD products by accredited, independent laboratories specializing in cannabis testing and analysis.
Once a CBD hemp extract/product has been tested and analyzed, the laboratory will issue a Certificate of Analysis (COA). A COA is essentially a magnifying glass into the CBD chocolate you purchase.
4. CBD chocolate should be made with domestically-grown US hemp
Domestically-grown U.S. hemp is arguably the best hemp you can have in not only CBD chocolate but CBD products overall. This is partly down to strict regulations governing hemp growth, cultivation, and production.
Certain states have better regulations surrounding hemp cultivation than others. Weather is also a prime factor.
We generally look for hemp grown in these US two states:
Colorado — long-running hemp program (2014), straight-forward regulations, great environment, clean soil, and high ground elevations
Oregon — long-running hemp program, permits the production and use of all hemp products, grows more hemp than any other state, excellent governing regulations
If you come across a CBD brand selling CBD chocolate and claims to source its hemp from Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska, or Mississippi, be warned! These states aren’t hemp or CBD friendly.
5. Make sure the ingredients are organic and/or all-natural
Naturally, CBD chocolate contains other ingredients aside from cocoa and CBD hemp extract. Many CBD brands include added dairy, sodium, sugar, and preservatives. We generally prefer the more authentic dairy-free dark chocolate bars that contain very little to no added sugar.
Also, if you have any food allergies or you have special dietary requirements, it’s worth checking the ingredients list. Some CBD companies make their CBD chocolate gluten-free or dairy-free (100% vegan).
6. Look out for different CBD chocolate flavors
CBD chocolate isn’t restricted to just natural flavors. Similar to regular chocolate, CBD brands have taken the bull by the horns and created large ranges of CBD chocolate complete with various different flavors.
The obvious good news here is you’re not stuck with one or two options. If you’re an orange chocolate fan, there’s something here for you. If you’re a dark chocolate fan, there’s something here for you. The list is endless and enough to satisfy any craving you have.
What are CBD chocolates?
CBD chocolates are exactly what they say on the tin: chocolate with hemp CBD extract infused into it.
They’re a sweet and flavorsome way of consuming CBD without the oftentimes bitter, earthy taste of hemp extract associated with naturally-flavored CBD oils.
You may have noticed CBD chocolate isn’t just sold online or in head shops. Many health stores and beauty stores now stock CBD chocolate as well. Not something we would have expected ten years ago!
The reason for this is simple. CBD chocolate caters to a wide audience. Casual users and beginners see CBD chocolate products almost as a rite of passage into the CBD world. Easy to consume, full of flavor, and excellent as a post-dinner treat without any complex equipment or additional paraphernalia.
Types of CBD chocolate:
A. CBD chocolate bar
CBD chocolate bars are the most common. Usually comes in bars of 4 or 8 pieces. Most pieces carry 10-20 mg of CBD. You can purchase them in dark, milk, or white chocolate variants. You can also find different additional flavor options such as orange, cherry, hazelnut, etc.
Prices vary depending on strength, potency, ingredients, and size. Some basic CBD chocolate is priced at $10.00-$15.00, whereas specialized gourmet CBD chocolate can reach $30.00.
Taste-wise, you can’t tell the difference between a regular chocolate bar and a CBD chocolate bar. The sweet, delicious chocolatey flavor masks any bitter, earthy hemp extract flavor. A perfect alternative to naturally-flavored CBD oils.
Price range: $10-$30 per bar
Potency range: 100–250mg per bar
Common flavors: Natural dark/white/milk, sea salt & caramel, orange, hazelnut
Useful for: Making your own melted CBD chocolate, after-dinner relaxation, mild anxiety
B. CBD chocolate bites
CBD chocolate bites differ from CBD chocolate bars in terms of overall composition. Where chocolate bars are slab-shaped with little to no shape variants, chocolate bites come in all shapes and sizes.
CBD chocolate bite variants include:
Chocolate caramel centered bites
Chocolate covered strawberries (and other fruit)
The list of variants is endless. This is great for adventurous chocolate lovers. We highly recommend the marshmallow bites.
C. CBD chocolate baked goods (brownies, cookies)
In-store and online CBD chocolate brownies and cookies are generally low-medium potency. Some brownies contain only 15mg of CBD. Useful as a top-up but not for regular, frequent dosing. It’s just not cost-effective.
The best way to purchase CBD chocolate brownies or CBD chocolate cookies is to get all the ingredients and make them yourself. You ultimately have full control over how much CBD hemp extract/flower you put in. You can also make as much as you want without being limited to smaller brand-owned packages.
Can you purchase CBD chocolate for pets?
No, CBD chocolate isn’t available to pets
Chocolate carries a chemical called “theobromine” — poisonous to animals
Theobromine poisoning can be mild to severe — very rarely fatal
Alternatives to CBD chocolate are CBD pet treats and CBD pet chews — usually made from vegetables, meat, and other pet-friendly ingredients
CBD chocolate’s uses and benefits
CBD chocolate’s main benefit is taste — masks the bitter and earthy flavor of natural hemp extract
They generally aren't potent like high-strength CBD oils or capsules — useful as a mild after-dinner treat
They aren't the healthiest option. Eat in moderation. 1-2 pieces is advised.
The most obvious benefit of consuming hemp-derived CBD chocolate is taste. You don’t get the oftentimes bitter or earthy flavor commonly found in naturally-flavored CBD oils. The sweet and delicious taste of cacao, natural flavorings, and any other additional ingredients (caramel, nuts, raisins, marshmallows, etc).
The second-most obvious is Cannabidiol. Although CBD chocolate tends to carry less Cannabidiol than tinctures or CBD oil pills, the mild strength is perfect for after-dinner relaxation.
Alternatively, you can pair your edible chocolates with a beverage like CBD coffee or tea.
However, CBD chocolate isn’t the healthiest way of consuming Cannabidiol. Sugars and fats are high, which can lead to health problems if eaten excessively.
Effects of CBD chocolate
CBD chocolate is mainly derived from hemp — causes no intoxication or euphoric high
CBD chocolate derived from high-THC marijuana will cause intoxication and/or a euphoric high
CBD chocolate isn’t potent — only carries 10-20mg of CBD per piece
The mild potency of CBD chocolate is enough to satisfy you physiologically
Because of the sugars in CBD chocolate, you may feel a slight sugar rush or sugar buzz
CBD chocolate is typically derived from hemp. It’s non-intoxicating and won’t cause a euphoric high or “stoned” feeling. If they’re derived from marijuana (as is the case with dispensary-bought cannabis chocolates) with a high percentage of THC, you will experience a euphoric high or “stoned” feeling.
CBD chocolate also isn’t potent. They’re not similar to high-strength CBD oils or CBD capsules. Usually, CBD chocolate carries roughly 10-20mg of CBD per serving, which places them on the milder side of the potency scale.
Because of this, CBD chocolate won’t produce a strong buzz unless, of course, you eat a whole 200mg bar.
Pair the CBD (and the other beneficial plant compounds) with a slight sugar rush and you’ll likely feel calm and mentally/physically energized. Great for focus and concentration.
Where can you buy CBD chocolate?
CBD chocolate can be purchased from practically anywhere. It’s one of the most popular ways of consuming CBD edibles, so companies and businesses in and out of the CBD industry have capitalized on it.
The problem with having so many brands producing huge numbers of hemp products (including CBD chocolate) is it’s difficult to know which one(s) to buy.
Buying CBD chocolate online
Purchasing CBD chocolate online is perfectly legal in 47 states. You can have CBD chocolate shipped and transported across state borders unless you live in Idaho, Nebraska, or South Dakota (all forms of CBD are illegal in all three states).
Buying CBD chocolate in-store
You can also buy CBD chocolate in-store. This way of shopping is preferred by beginner CBD users unsure of what to purchase.
Many health stores, beauty stores, and pharmacies across the United States stock CBD chocolate, as do head shops and vape stores. Usually, the selection is limited to three or four brands.
You can also find CBD chocolate in stores owned by hemp brands. We recommend these stores if you want specialized guidance. Beauty stores, health stores, and pharmacies may not know everything about CBD chocolates or CBD in general, and may give you wrong advice.