SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) — A popular Sioux Falls bakery well known for its alcohol-infused pastries is about to venture into a different kind of “baking,” in partnership with Dakota Herb, a Brandon-based cannabis company.
The partnership is still in its infancy, but Holly Jorgenson, one of the co-owners of Intoxibakes, the bakery in question, says she’s “super excited.” The two companies will work together in the near future to produce medical food products for those with medical cards.
Jorgenson spoke with KELOLAND on the phone this week, helping to provide details about the end of the bakery. The first thing to understand is that customers won’t stop at the downtown Sioux Falls bakery location to buy cannabis-infused treats. Jorgenson says Intoxibakes won’t be an A-list partner in the venture, but will instead go into wholesale, producing the edibles for sale in South Dakota dispensaries.
Intoxibakes also won’t bake the products in its downtown location, but will instead use a Dakota Herb facility.
“We have our county manufacturing license, for Lincoln County,” said CEO Dalton Grimmius at Dakota Herb. “We are working on the state process right now.”
Grimmius says that as early as January 2023, Dakota Herb will be ready to supply Intoxibakes with the raw ingredients to make their products.
In terms of products, Grimmius says after talking with the Intoxibakes team, they are considering cakes, brownies, crispy rice bars and gummies.
Jorgenson says that while they haven’t been able to work with marijuana yet, they’ve been experimenting with hemp to see what they can do.
Jorgenson also shared something that might surprise some fans of the alcoholic bakery. “It was always in our plan,” she said. When asked to elaborate, Jorgenson said she considered cooking with alcohol a good first step, but five years ago when they started the business, they had intend to enter the cannabis market.
This is of course good news for Dakota Herb, which finds value in the unique type of cooking that Intoxibakes specializes in. good edible taste.
When asked which was harder, cooking with alcohol or THC, Jorgenson said THC was definitely harder. Indeed, with alcohol, you can simply go out and buy pre-bottled drinks which can then be inserted into the recipe.
With THC, it’s not that simple. Intoxibakes will make all of their THC butter and oil, and all of it will need to be tested for quality and potency. Since potency can vary depending on certain factors, this also means that quantities needed for recipes may need to be adjusted to ensure the quality of all products.
The ability to sell edibles is also important to Dakota Herb, according to Dakota Herb CFO Joe Stavig.
“Not everyone wants to smoke, do they,” Stavig asked, rhetorically. “There are medical patients out there who literally can’t.”
Currently, the plan is simply to produce medical products, although the potential switch from marijuana to adult use could open up the recreational market for the partnership. One thing is off the table though; alcoholic edibles. “It’s just asking for trouble,” Jorgenson said.