Fudge is a quick fix whenever you’re craving for sweet treats. It is rich, creamy, and decadent.
Although fudge is irresistibly delicious, it is far from being healthy. So, suppose you are watching your calorie intake. In that case, it is unlikely to finish an entire batch of homemade fudge in one or two sittings.
Perhaps, you’re planning to make fudge in advance and freeze it for an upcoming birthday party. Either way, you’re wondering if freezing fudge is a viable option to extend its shelf life.
In short, yes, fudge is one of those foods that freeze pretty well. You only need to do it right.
If you’re curious, keep reading! This article shares the complete guide on freezing and thawing fudge, and everything in between!
How To Store Fudge
Fudge is a classic American candy made of butter, sugar, milk (or condensed milk).
Next to these basic ingredients, fudge has limitless variations on the added flavor and ingredients. You can add vanilla extract, chocolate, nuts, peanut butter, dried fruits, caramels, marshmallows, or whatever you like.
The shelf life of homemade fudge depends on how it is stored. When kept at room temperatures, fudge stays fresh for at least 1 to 2 weeks. Meanwhile, it stays fresh longer, for 2 to 3 weeks, when stored in the fridge.
Either way, keeping fudge in a sealed airtight container is crucial to prevent this sweet treat from getting dry.
If you are conscious about your sugar intake, you may need more time to finish your homemade fudge. Hence, freezing is an option to allow you to enjoy this delicious treat in months to come.
How To Freeze Fudge
Freezing fudge is not a hard nut to crack. It is incredibly simple and straightforward.
How well fudge freeze also depends on the ingredients. Dense types of fudge—such as chocolate fudge—tend to freeze better than light fudge. Lighter types of fudge are best to keep at room temperature or in the fridge.
The best way of freezing fudge also depends on how you want to enjoy it. If you plan to pull one piece at a time, our best recommendation is to freeze sliced fudge.
Follow these steps below to freeze fudge successfully.
1. Make fudge according to your favorite recipes.
2. Let the fudge completely cool down.
3. Slice fudge into bite-size pieces. You can also freeze a whole fudge, but pre-sliced frozen fudge is handy for later serving.
4. Wrap the individual pieces in a plastic wrap or wax paper to provide extra protection against excess moisture and freezer burn (optional).
5. Pack the fudge in a freezer-safe container or a freezer bag. Pick a short container and avoid stacking the pieces.
6. Press as much air as possible from the freezer bag.
7. Seal the container and mark it with the freezing date. If you’re freezing different flavors of fudge, label each bag with the flavor.
8. Make sure to maintain the ideal temperature of your freezer at 0 °F (−18 °C).
How Do You Defrost Frozen Fudge?
When you’re ready to serve, simply place the frozen fudge in the refrigerator to slowly thaw overnight. If you prefer to enjoy fudge slightly chilled, you can eat it right away from the fridge.
Alternatively, leave it on the counter for 15 to 20 minutes to reach room temperature.
How Long Can You Freeze Fudge?
Freezing fudge significantly prolongs the shelf life for up to 3 months. Frozen fudge is likely safe to eat after three months, but the flavor might not be that delicious.
Yes, it is possible to put fudge in the refrigerator or freezer to harden. Leave it for 30 minutes in the freezer or 2 to 3 hours in the fridge. However, it is best to check your recipes, as different ingredients might require a various amount of time to set.
It is okay to keep fudge at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks. Store it in a sealed container. However, if you plan to keep it longer, consider refrigerating or freezing it.
Just like other foods, unfortunately, fudge also goes bad. The general signs are pretty easy to spot, such as textural change (drying out, crumbly, oily, or soggy), off-smell, or rancid smell. Do not consume fudge if you find any of these symptoms.
Yes, you can freeze almost any kind of fudge, including one that’s prepared with peanut butter!
Freezing fudge is an ultimate option to prolong the shelf life of this sweet delicacy. It is effortless and straightforward.
You can freeze a whole or sliced fudge, but the latter makes it easier when it comes to thawing and serving. Pack the fudge in a freezer-safe container and label it with the freezing date.
Whenever you’re craving for a sweet fix, pull a piece and defrost it in the fridge. Consume frozen within three months to enjoy its delicious flavor!
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