My favorite time of year is finally here! When the bounty of black in my closet becomes an asset and my bright red lipstick can be considered costume chic. I’m ready to get spooky, and there is no more frightening good time than to devour a cannabis brownie and go see a 35mm screening of the 1984 Wes Craven classic, Nightmare on Elm Street.
I purchased a two pack of Zoots Caramel Espresso brownies known as “Zootbites” at my local recreational dispensary, Bud Nation Seattle. The beige colored package reminded me of a regular candy bar and was a perfectly portable size to carry in my purse. When I opened the package, each brownie was individually vacuumed sealed to stay fresh and delicious. The brownies themselves didn’t look glamorous or decadent, just mini cupcake sized rounds of what looked to be dense chocolaty goodness.
As I bit into the brownie, I was pleasantly surprised that the espresso flavor was not overpowering, and the subtle caramel and chocolate flavors really came through. The outside of the brownie was perfectly crisp and toothsome, while the center remained soft and moist, similar to a lava cake without the lava. I admit it was difficult to hold fast to my initial decision to eat just a half, but somehow I managed to restrain myself. I would have happily eaten both brownies, they were so tasty!
Joined by a few of my friends, we grabbed a bite to eat before heading over to the Grand Illusion. I had eaten my brownie a half an hour or so ahead of time so I had time to ease into the sensations. My body felt warm and relaxed, and my mind was amused by anything and everything around me. I had the giggles something furious. I remember we were talking about how Adam Duritz, the lead singer of Counting Crows, had at one time dated every leading actress from the tv series “Friends,” and I said “Talk about Friends with benefits, am I right?” and laughed for a million years. Thanks for the confidence, Zoots!
As we settled into the ruby red seats of the Grand Illusion, I was filled with anticipation. As the movie began, with the crackle of old 35mm film, I felt completely at home. The campy 80’s tomfoolery and cheesy lines had me guffawing like a giddy child.
How can you not laugh at the alcoholic mother, with her distracting brown lip liner, basically making out with a bottle of gin the whole movie? Or at Freddy’s slithering tongue springing out of a spiral-cord phone? The bounty of cheesy lines made the audience erupt in laughter and Freddy’s gory predation had many squirming and screaming. This was such a fun movie to watch in a jovial local crowd and with such a floaty and euphoric body high.
The Zootbites made me feel ultra relaxed, super joyful, and able to enjoy this film without feeling any anxiety or fear. Granted, I already love and enjoy horror movies, but there was something magical about anticipating gratuitous death scenes with such glee. I was really on cloud nine for this entire movie, to be honest. My excitement was so palpable Johnny Depp’s cheekbones could cut it into two!
I would definitely recommend Zootbites to anyone who wants a portable treat to bring to a hangout or event. Half a brownie before the movie gave me an even and steady euphoria for the entire film that amplified my enjoyment of the movie and of those around me. I will be purchasing these again!