Ask the Chef: Can You Freeze Fudge?

‘Tis the season to pop a delectable morsel in your mouth and let it melt all your cares away! Nothing does that like the combination of mint and chocolate unless you want to add the nice crunch of pecans to keep yourself grounded. You’ll love this fudge, not only for its escapism value, but also for how easy it is to make—no candy thermometer needed!

Ask the Chef: Can You Freeze Fudge?

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Ask the Chef: Can You Freeze Fudge?

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The following question came into The Food Channel:

Question:

Help! I made fudge and everyone’s watching their weight, so they haven’t eaten much. Can I freeze the fudge, and if so, how long will it keep?

Answer:

Many people are concerned about both refrigerating and freezing fudge because of the dairy content in some recipes. Many fudge recipes use sweetened evaporated milk, which is canned and considered shelf-stable without refrigeration.

It stands to reason then, that fudge can be safely frozen without any loss of quality. Keep in mind that if you are going to use the fudge up within two weeks, you don’t really need to refrigerate it—that can actually dry it out. As long as you can keep it at room temperature and not store it in hot weather or where it may melt, fudge can be kept on the counter within easy reach of temptation!

Photo by Darren Coleshill on Unsplash

Darren Coleshill//Unsplash

To keep it longer, store it in a freezer bag and mark the date. We suggest not stacking the fudge as it can stick together when thawing, so a small batch per bag works best. Some people recommend individually wrapping each piece of fudge but we haven’t found that makes any difference unless you plan to pull one piece of fudge out of the bag at a time, or if you are freezing it in a non-air tight container (like a cookie tin).

We recommend using it up within three months to prevent any kind of freezer burn and loss of flavor.

Here’s a way to plus up your fudge for the season, both in looks and in flavor. It’s a double layered fudge with milk chocolate on the bottom and white chocolate on top, and both have the surprise of dried fruit inside. As one tester noted, “It’s what fruit cake would taste like if it was good!

White and Milk Chocolate Fudge with Fruit. Photo: Lance Mellenbruch.

For something a little different, try our White & Milk Chocolate Fudge with Fruit. It’s as delicious as it is pretty!

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