Chicago Chef Mindy Segal to develop Line of Marijuana Edibles

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on December 11, 2015.

Prominent Chicago chef Mindy Segal has announced plans to create a line of marijuana-infused edible products for medical marijuana patients. Segal, who is the owner of Mindy's HotChocolate restaurant in Bucktown, has given her consent to make a line of marijuana products for Cresco Labs, which will operate three cultivation centers in Illinois. According to Cresco, Segal will be the first James Beard Award-winning celebrity chef to bake for the marijuana industry.

The first line of products to be developed by Mindy Segal, will include chocolate brittle bars, granola bites, hot chocolate and cookie batter mix. The new edibles should be ready by the end of February 2016.

The medical marijuana industry got a beginning in Illinois only in November 2015. It aims at serving patients who obtain doctor's permission to treat any of the 40 specified chronic debilitating ailments such as cancer, HIV or muscular dystrophy.

While marijuana-infused food is very difficult and complicated to prepare, edibles provide the best alternative and are highly popular too. Edibles are preferred to smokable flower in many states in the U.S. that have allowed medical marijuana. Segal is hopeful that she would be able to make delicious edibles to help the people who have lost their appetite or taste due to illness.

The first line of marijuana edibles to be developed by Segal will be salted toffee smoked almond brittle, peanut butter brittle and caramelized white chocolate with butterscotch. Several other chefs are also planning to get into this marijuana edible business, confirms Segal without naming anyone. Segal's products would be available for sale at licensed dispensaries across the state, and in 5 additional states.

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