How Long Can You Freeze Candy?
by Margaret Geary
(The Pas MB Canada)
How long can you freeze candy for and what is the best way to keep it for an extended period of time? I am wondering specifically about cream filled chocolates and also a brittle like candy.
I want to be able to freeze some chocolates and a butter almond brittle that I have made for resale. What is the best way to do this?
I would like to be able to keep them for about 9 months if possible. The chocolates have a cream filling in them and some are just nuts, raisins, coconut etc.
One of the most frequently asked questions around here is how long can you freeze candy and other tips on storing candy for the long term.
Here are some ideas from Better Homes and Gardens about what they suggest when it comes to freezing candy. "Fudges, pralines, and caramels freeze well. Even chocolate-covered candies freeze successfully."
I've certainly frozen fudge on a number of occasions so I know that part is definitely true. "To freeze pan-shaped candies, remove candy from pan; place in an airtight freezer bag or container.""Chocolate-covered candy that is boxed and ready for a gift can be frozen. Just wrap the box in moisture- and vapor-proof wrap or place in an airtight freezer bag."
The wrapping is really important. You want to be sure that any candy you freeze is well wrapped. You want to keep ice from building up inside the package."To freeze popcorn balls, first wrap the balls individually in
clear plastic wrap, then place them in an airtight freezer bag."
I'll be honest. I've never frozen popcorn, so I don't know how it will taste over time. I would imagine it could taste a bit stale, but maybe someone who's done it will comment below and let us know their experiences.
Also, I'm just not sure how brittle candy will react to freezing. It may get a sticky finish because of the moisture. I think this is going to be something you'll have to test by freezing a small amount for a few days and then thaw to see how the candy reacts.
I wouldn't worry about it too much if you were just using it for friends or family, but since you want to sell the candy, you want to be sure you are offering quality. Let us know how your tests turn out. Important:
When you remove your candy from the freezer, be sure to let it stand for several hours to allow it to warm to room temperature before opening it or taking off the wrapping. This will help to prevent moisture from collecting on the surface of the candy and causing "bloom," white speckles or gray streaks.
Condensation is the major problem when it comes to freezing candy. They just don't go well together.
In my house, the question isn't how long can you freeze candy before it goes off, but rather how long can you freeze it before it gets gobbled up? :)