Coda Signature Chocolates
If you’re of a certain age—say, over 30—you may remember eating weed-infused desserts like pot brownies as a teenager. To make them, you had to concoct a vat of weed butter on the stovetop, which probably tasted wholly unappetizing (even with all the added cocoa powder). In the last few years, however, edibles have evolved into a buffet of confections; tasty chocolate bars, gummy worms and more, available for purchase in cities like Denver and Seattle. But now there’s a new game in town. Colorado’s Coda Signature has upped the ante, designing beautiful, cannabis-infused confections—and on a massive scale.
“We believe,” says Coda Co-founder Mark Grindeland, who started the company in 2015 with business partner Elizabeth Cooke, “that at some point the Feds will decriminalize cannabis. And when they do, that opens up the doors for interstate commerce.” In anticipation, Coda has built a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on 10 acres in Trinidad, Colorado, producing their museum-worthy chocolates—many of which resemble polished marble stones—seemingly by the ton. “We can probably produce 20,000 pieces an hour,” Grindeland reports. “We’re built for scale.”
So far, things seem to be paying off. Grindeland, a former marketing maven and startup guru, along with Cooke, a former psychotherapist and medical dispensary proprietor, have partnered with a classically trained dessert chef (and former Thomas Keller product) to forge new designs for their elegant edibles. Together, the trio has won first place awards with High Times, Hemp Connoisseur and this very publication, DOPE Magazine. And Coda, whose products are available in more than 250 dispensaries, has been recognized both for the pleasant effects of their chocolates—which range from truffles and bars to “hot chocolate on a spoon,” with or without marshmallows—as well as their design, packaging and overall gleaming aesthetic. To achieve this standard, the company often market tests their products to ensure they’re enjoyed by consumers.
While Coda is working hard on its Colorado-based facility, Grindeland says the company has its eye on continued national expansion. “We’re starting our plans for California,” he acknowledges, “and after California, our goal is Florida. Then the Northeast, followed by the Midwest.” Soon, it would seem, Coda, a musical term signifying the end of a song or passage, is at the beginning of something special—and delicious.
To learn more about Coda Signature, please visit their website: codasignature.com