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.

Hi Margaret,

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? :)

~ Angie

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Nov 26, 2019
Freezing Candy NEW
by: Angie from

I probably wouldn't freeze those types of candy. They have a very long shelf life, so you can just put them in an airtight container and pop them in the pantry.

Nov 25, 2019
Freezing candy NEW
by: Yinn

How to properly freeze unopened bags of candy like nerds, laffy taffy, airhead, blowpop

Jan 24, 2017
Freezing Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls NEW
by: Angie from

Hi September,

If you wrap them well, they should be fine for a few months at least. Mine never last that long in the freezer because I can't keep away from them, but theoretically if you keep them from freezer burn they can last indefinitely. :)


Jan 23, 2017
peanut butter balls NEW
by: september

how long can I freeze peanut butter balls for

Nov 06, 2016
Freeze Halloween Chocolate Candy NEW
by: Angie from

Hi Ross,
Definitely! Freeze your Halloween candy and use it later either as they are or cut up and put in brownies, cupcakes, etc. This is an especially good idea if you see Halloween candy in the bargain bin after the holiday. :) Great savings to make delicious homemade goodies later!

Nov 01, 2016
freezing candy NEW
by: Ross

We have a ton of leftover candy(choc.bars)left
over from Halloween. Is it safe to freeze?

Dec 22, 2015
Freezing Candy NEW
by: Angie from

Yes! :) Merry Christmas

Dec 21, 2015
Reply to Angie NEW
by: Eagle Scout Mom

Thank you Angie! Would that apply to both the chocolate candies (made with the candy melts) and the cream cheese mints (homemade cream cheese mint recipe)?

Dec 07, 2015
Freezing Candy NEW
by: Angie from

Hi Eagle Scout Mom,
I would take them out of the molds once they set and then store them in an airtight container in layers with waxed paper or baking paper in between the layers. You can then put the whole container in the freezer until you need them. They don't take long to return to room temperature and should keep fine frozen for several weeks.

Dec 05, 2015
Chocolate molds and cream cheese mints NEW
by: Eagle Scout Mom

I seem to recall people in the past making choco late candy molds and cream cheese mints--homemeade cream cheese mint recipe and freezing them. the chocolate candies would be using Wilton candy melts in several colors with a flavoring in them and cream cheese mints--homemeade cream cheese mint recipe, then pressed into candy molds. I want to make some of both for my son's Eagle Scout Court of Honor over Christmas break and then keep frozen until the ceremony in January-beacuse I know I won't have time to do them that week. I remember when I put them in the molds, I will freeze them to set up, but once I unmold them, how long and how do I pop them back in the freezer to keep well for the ceremony? Thanks!

Mar 25, 2014
Freezing Liquor Filled Chocolates NEW
by: Angie from

I don't usually eat liquor filled chocolates, so I've not had occasion to test the freezing of them. I would do as you suggested and put one or two in the freezer for a day or two and see how they fare. Do let us know the verdict after you've taste-tested them in a couple of days. :)

Mar 24, 2014
Can you freeze chocolate will with a liquor? NEW

Rec'd this 64 piece of 'spirit filled' chocolates...very tasty - but to save them for later - I wondered how well the liquor would take freezing inside the chocolate.

I too freeze my chocolates when I get them on sale. I suppose I could try freezing one and see - they are wrapped in foil.

Oct 23, 2009
Defrosting and re-freezing?
by: Maria

Thanks for the help on storing candy in the freezer! I'm getting ready to sell my candy buckeyes (peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate) at some craft fairs this fall. I have some frozen that I will defrost before packaging in boxes. My question is this... if these are defrosted, packaged, and kept in a cooler for the day, can they be re-wrapped and re-frozen and then defrosted at a later date (like a couple of weeks later)? I'm nervous about making too much and then having to pitch it. Any help would be appreciated! THanks!

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