Holiday Cookie and Candy Trays

by Brandi
(Puyallup, Wa)

I am trying to plan my holiday cookie and candy trays for Christmas.



I am planning on making chocolate and peanut butter fudge, as well as some chocolate candy molds.


I am concerned with how long ahead of time I can make these and store them in the freezer or refrigerator. Can you please help me???


** How long can I make fudges and chocolate molds ahead of time if stored properly?


**** What is the proper way to store chocolate candy molds and fudge to keep them fresh until I am ready to put them on trays?


Thank you for your help,
Brandi






Hi Brandi,

Oh, just the thought of holiday cookie and candy trays brings back lovely memories. I guess it is time to start the planning, isn't it?


I freeze fudge. Mine has always still been yummy, but from time to time someone will comment that theirs wasn't very nice after freezing. I suppose it may depend on the type of fudge you make and how well you wrap it.


I would suggest that you wrap it thoroughly. I usually wrap mine in waxed paper and put it in an airtight container.


Once it returns to room temperature it may be slightly damp from the condensation, but should be delicious all the same.


I never freeze my fudge for too long (only because I can't leave it alone), but I would say at least a few weeks to 2 months.


Molded candy is a little trickier. I would be tempted to just store it in a cool dry place in an airtight container.


The reason for that is because freezing molded chocolates runs a greater risk of ending up with chocolate bloom. this is when the sugars and fats separate and it discolors the chocolate.


The chocolate still tastes good, but doesn't look as nice.


If you are just making plain molded chocolates, they should keep well for several weeks, too. Just don't store them near anything with a strong smell or changing temperatures.


Hope that helps and that your holiday cookie and candy trays turn out beautifully. Take some photos and share them with us!

~Angie




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Nov 10, 2010
Freezing Molded Chocolate
by: Angie

Peter,

Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to share your experience with freezing molded chocolates, etc. I'd never heard of using a fan to aid in the defrosting process and keep the moisture down.

It sounds so "common sense" but it never crossed my mind! :)

I hope you will pop in often to help answer questions and give advice. Your experience is invaluable!

Blessings,
Angie

Nov 10, 2010
Storing and Freezing Fudge/Molded Chocolates
by: Peter, Ontario Canada

Angie we make fudge and Molded Chocolates in our Business.

We wrap fudge in foil; put in Ziplock freezer bag, then freeze it up to about a year. Leave at room temperature for 24 hours before unwrapping.

Molded chocolates can be frozen, but when you take them out of the freezer they must be tempered with a fan to take out the moisture as the sugar crystals thaw out.

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