Fudge offers big indulgence in just a small bite. Sweet, creamy, rich, and smooth, it is the perfect treat for someone with a sweet tooth. Although fudge does have a reasonably long shelf life, it can be a bit too much sweetness to consume before it starts deteriorating.
Luckily, this sweet treat can be frozen to preserve its freshness and your indulgences for a few more months.
Types of Fudge
Fudge is a sweet treat made from sugar, butter, and milk. These ingredients are mixed together and heated to a soft-ball stage before being beaten as it cools to acquire a smooth consistency. Fudge holds its shape firmly once cool but is not nearly as hard or sticky as a hard caramel.
Typically made in a large pan, fudge is cut into smaller squares once set. Fudge commonly has a caramel-type flavor and often includes a splash of vanilla. This sweet delicacy has however evolved to include all kinds of flavors, colors, and decorations.
Fudge flavors, layers, toppings, or fillings can include chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, caramel, walnut, cookies, cherries, and mint.
Can I Freeze Fudge?
Yes. The great news is that you can freeze fudge. Make a big batch in advance and you’ll be set with sweet treats for months to come, by preserving it in the freezer. Some fudge types freeze better than others depending on the ingredients. Denser types of fudge freeze better than lighter types.
It is important to consider the types of toppings or filling you add to your fudge as this may affect the quality during thawing.
When freezing fudge, it is important to protect it from moisture and air to prevent the formation of ice crystals causing freezer burn.
Packaging should, therefore, create an airtight environment and provide protection against the absorption of flavors or odors. Cardboard containers should not be used for freezer storage.
How To Freeze Fudge
If you are freezing different flavors of fudge, use separate packaging for each flavor so that the fudge does not absorb surrounding flavors and affect its taste when thawed.
Step 1: Cool
Let the fudge cool completely before packaging to freeze. Any icing or glaze should be completely dry. Wrapping fudge that is still warm may result in moisture inside the packaging which will form ice crystals resulting in deterioration of the fudge quality.
Step 2: Plastic Wrap
Fudge can be either individually wrapped or wrapped before cutting as one large block.
If you only want to take one piece of fudge out of the freezer at a time, it is easier to freeze it as small individual portions. However, freezing fudge in one large block and cutting it after thawing allows for better preservation and prevention of drying out.
Whether you are storing a large block or ready-cut pieces, double wrap the fudge in a layer of cling film. Seal all the edges tightly so that no air can get in.
If you are freezing small blocks, wrap them individually, or at least separate them with parchment paper, so they do not stick together.
Step 3: Foil Wrap
Wrap the fudge again in a layer of foil to prevent it from getting freezer burn. Make sure it is well covered on all sides.
Step 4: Freeze
Place the wrapped fudge in an airtight container, or freezer bag, pressing out all the air before sealing it. Keep the fudge stored inside the freezer and not on any freezer door shelves. It is colder with a more consistent temperature inside the freezer.
How To Thaw Frozen Fudge
Step 1: Refrigerate
Remove the fudge from the freezer and place it in the fridge, keeping the wrapping on to prevent moisture from forming on the fudge.
Step 2: Unwrap and Cut
Once thawed, allow the fudge to stand at room temperature unwrapped for 15 to 20 minutes before cutting or serving.
Deliciously sweet and creamy, there is little chance that your fudge may last long enough to need freezing. If you are making a big batch, freezing can be a fantastic way to store it (or hide it from the rest of the household). Due to its low moisture content, the fudge will freeze well if wrapped sufficiently and kept at a consistently cold temperature.
Whether for a party, gifts, or lunchbox treats, fudge has a long shelf life when frozen, making it a convenient treat to keep on hand.
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