How To Freeze Fudge
Fudge is one of the easiest and most crowd-pleasing desserts to make. A basic fudge recipe is delicious enough, containing just a few simple pantry-staple ingredients. You can also add your favorite stir-ins such as nuts, marshmallows, candies, etc., which can take a basic recipe from good to great. It is easy to overdo and make too much fudge so, instead of overindulging or letting it go bad, you can freeze fudge and enjoy it another day.
Does All Fudge Freeze the Same?
Baseline fudge ingredients–milk, sugar, cocoa–usually hold up pretty well when frozen. Texture and flavor can change, however, when you start adding other ingredients. Depending on the type of milk being used–full-fat, skim, etc., the fat will separate from the water parts. This will have more effect on the texture than the flavor once the fudge is thawed out. Nuts hold up well when frozen but if sprinkled on the outside of fudge, they will simply fall off during freezing. If you plan ahead to freeze fudge, just go ahead and stir the nuts into the mixture. Here is a pro tip: for best flavor, toast your nuts before adding to the fudge. If using marshmallows, they should also be stirred into the fudge instead of sprinkled across the top.
How To Prepare Fudge to Freeze
To properly freeze fresh fudge, cut the candy into whatever size pieces you prefer. Smaller pieces will allow you to just pick two or three pieces from the freezer at a time, while keeping the fudge in larger blocks creates less surface area to dry out. After cutting, wrap each piece with an airtight wrapping material such as aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Then place the wrapped pieces into a plastic freezer bag, removing as much air as possible before sealing the bag. Do not use cardboard containers for storage because the aroma from the box may be absorbed by the fudge. Do not stack layers of unwrapped fudge as it can stick together when thawing. Instead, you can put sheets of wax paper in between the layers and then wrap. Label your package and freeze flat in your freezer, being careful not to stack anything heavy on top of it.
How To Thaw Frozen Fudge
Changing temperatures too rapidly can have undesirable effects on texture and flavor, so keep the frozen fudge in the plastic bag and thaw in the refrigerator. Refrigerating will also help preserve fudge until you know you are ready to eat it. For the ideal temperature, take your candy out of the refrigerator anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours (depending on the size of the pieces) before you are ready to serve it.