Edibles, Meet Ancient Grains
Quinoa and chocolate? Why not.
The Quinoa Crunch Chocolate Tokens are just one of the many upscale, chocolate offerings from the Seattle-based Goodship Company. Each hexagonal token is made from fair trade cacao and contains crunchy puffed quinoa and 10mg of THC. Goodship says to think of the quinoa crunch tokens as a refined, elevated take on the Nestle Crunch bar.
The uniqueness and high quality of Goodship's products is no accident. Former Starbucks executive Jody Hall, who founded The Goodship Company in 2016, came to the infused foods game with more than a decade of experience branding sweet treats. In 2003, Hall founded Cupcake Royale, which has since grown to six locations throughout Seattle and has cultivated a reputation as the Emerald City’s premiere purveyor of cupcakes. The bakery not only produces the best cupcakes in Washington; Royale also has a long history of working with community outreach programs and employing sustainable business practices, which Hall has carried over into Goodship. Needless to say, my expectations for the Quinoa Crunch Chocolate Tokens were reasonably high.
“Frankly, these little chocolate tokens are delicious and would even be worth eating sans weed.”
The phrase “In Good We Trust”—a cute detail not lost on the discerning consumer—is etched onto each token, and the infused sweets come in a pouch that resembles the high-end packaging normally reserved for expensive, organic confections you’d find at a specialty market. The only disappointment worth noting is the quinoa-crunch factor. All be told, it's a bit underwhelming and feels somewhat limited. Maybe I’m left wanting more because I was raised on Nestle Crunch bars, where the puffed rice and fake chocolate combo would yield a consistently crisp crunch each and every time.
The absence of a solid crunch is not that big of a deal, though, and is immediately redeemed by a perfectly timed, surprisingly spicy aftertaste. The cayenne kick becomes noticeable at the exact moment the chocolate taste fades out, confirming this candy was created by total pros. Honestly, the unexpectedly strong spice seemed to have more of a presence in the candy than any crunchiness. And though there is a chili pepper pictured on the outside of the bag to indicate spiciness, it still might have made sense to incorporate that aspect into the name as well.
Another point of contrast between Goodship’s quinoa tokens and Nestle Crunch bars is that the tokens will get you high. In my experience, the effects come on gradually. I felt a clean, relaxed body high coupled with dialed-in focus. To that end, Goodship exclusively infuses its edible offerings with cannabis extracts as opposed to flower-infused butter, which makes for a smooth and even experience. The quinoa crunch tokens deliver a high that’s perfect for getting through that book you’ve been trying to finish while providing a cognitive boost that's great for working on some creative writing. After one or two tokens, your mind may be down for a workout, but your body probably won’t want any part of it.
Frankly, these little chocolate tokens are delicious and would even be worth eating sans weed. Which makes sense since Goodship makes arguably the highest-quality edibles in Washington. All of the ingredients are organic and sourced locally when possible. This particular chocolate comes in easily dosed 10mg pieces, though, so I wouldn’t suggest the Quinoa Crunch Chocolate Tokens as a starting point for new edible users. Sure, you could always break one in half, but eating just half of a Goodship edible is a cruel kind of torture. Who does that?
Luckily, the brand does offer a number of other low-dose edible products. The pastilles collection, for example, starts at a beginner-friendly 2.5mg of THC per edible. This is the lowest dose you can find among edibles and is the most ideal way to introduce a novice to weedy treats. Such a low dose will elicit nearly sub-perceptual effects and will allow newcomers to gradually work their way up. Goodship also offers a few 1:1 CBD to THC edibles that are worth trying out. Edibles with such a ratio are less commonly found in stores as Goodship’s other, higher-dosed products, but these treats are great for consumers looking to maximize the medicinal benefits one gets from cannabis-infused foods.
“The only real issue I find with these tokens is that you might have trouble stopping at just one.”
Customers can snack on the brand’s chocolates and cookies with peace of mind (as well as a pleasant high) knowing that each dollar earned by the company goes toward helping out local businesses. Goodship is not only a source of heavenly confections, but it operates as a collective. For the last few years, the confectioner has offered a quarterly workshop and lecture series that covers topics ranging from art and culture to technology and cannabis education.
Ultimately, the only real issue I find with these Quinoa Crunch Chocolate Tokens is that you might have trouble stopping at just one. These balanced, chocolate medallions would pair perfectly with a morning coffee or an evening glass of wine. Really, they're ideal for any time of the day.