Holiday Cookie and Candy Trays
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,
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!