You may have some chocolate in your pantry or a candy dish, but how about the freezer? Can you freeze chocolate? The short answer is yes, chocolate can be frozen and it keeps so well in the freezer too! Now before we outline the steps on how can you freeze chocolate, let’s discuss reasons why you should freeze chocolates in the first place.
The shelf life of most milk chocolate is one year; for most dark chocolate, it's two years. Chocolate keeps best between 65 and 70°F, away from direct sunlight, and protected from moisture. When refrigerating or freezing chocolate, make sure it is sealed in an airtight container—refrigerators are very humid.
To freeze the chocolate, place it in an airtight container, and do not remove it from its container until it has been brought up to room temperature, which will prevent condensation from forming on the chocolate. Water droplets will prevent the chocolate from melting smoothly and might affect the texture of the melted chocolate.
The trick to freezing chocolate is to try to bring its temperature down slowly. Wrap the chocolate as tightly as you can in heavy-duty freezer bags (vacuum packing is ideal for this job), then place the chocolate in the refrigerator for several hours, followed by the freezer.
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."
Freezing chocolate, while possible, doesn't actually preserve the life of the candy. If you want to store chocolate for a short time, place it somewhere cool and dry. Keeping chocolate in an environment that is too warm allows the candy to melt and become mushy. In the summer, store chocolate in a dry place where the heat can't get in.
Candies Make as usual. Or, freeze commercially made candy. Package. Using: Thaw in wrappings at room temperature. Fat bloom which develops in chocolate candy during freezing should disappear. Cracks in brittle candies, chocolate-covered nuts and a few creams should disappear when candies are thawed.
Fudges, pralines, and caramels freeze well. Even chocolate-covered candies freeze successfully. To freeze pan-shape candies (such as fudge), 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 vaporproof wrap or place in an airtight freezer bag.
Chocolate candy bars can be safely frozen in the freezer for 10 to 12 months. For maximum freezer shelf life, the chocolate should be unopened or wrapped properly. Chocolate candy bars freeze best when placed in airtight containers or freezer bags.
However, leftover candy does not need to be a waste of money. There are ways to store your candy for later or even for next year. Whether you found a great deal on candy and stocked up before the Halloween season or if there is too much candy leftover after the holiday, freezing is a frugal way to make the best of it.