Can you freeze fudge? Yes, and it’s a fantastic dessert for freezing because it keeps for a long time and its texture and taste won’t change.
How Long in Freezer
Best Stored In…
Airtight container OR freezer bag, wrapped in plastic wrap
How to Thaw
Fridge OR room temperature
Best Way To Freeze Fudge
The best way to freeze fudge is to wrap it tightly to protect it from air exposure. You’ll want to wrap it in plastic wrap, pop it into another air tight container or freezer bag, and then store it deep in the freezer.
If you plan on defrosting a whole batch, don’t cut it before freezing it. Dividing it into smaller portions means exposing more sides of it to the air, increasing the chances of freezer burn.
Here are a few don’ts when freezing fudge:
- Don’t wrap and freeze different flavors of fudge together.
- Dense fudges—like chocolate or Russian fudge—freeze better than lighter types like vegan or microwave-made.
- Storing fudge in cardboard in the freezer will ruin its flavor.
How To Freeze Fudge
- Freezer-safe plastic wrap
- A resealable, plastic freezer bag OR an airtight, freezer-safe container
- Parchment paper OR waxed paper
- Alumnium foil
- Freezer labels
- A permanent marker
- A straw (optional)
- Space at the back of your freezer
- Wait until the fudge has cooled to room temperature. If you iced the fudge, wait until the icing has dried or hardened. Do not wrap hot or warm fudge.
- Unroll the plastic wrap onto a flat surface, but don't cut it.
- Place a single layer of fudge on the wrap. Leave space in between each piece of fudge if you're wrapping pre-cut pieces. Layer with waxed paper or a sheet of parchment paper.
- Stack another layer of fudge on top of the first, and layer with waxed paper or parchment paper. Repeat this step as required.
- Tightly double-wrap the fudge in plastic wrap. Then, wrap the fudge in aluminium foil.
- Straw "vacuum seal" trick (optional): Slide a straw into the bag and suck out the air so the bag "shrinks" around the wrapped fudge. Slide the bag down the straw as you inhale, and quickly seal the bag while you remove the straw.
- Write today's date on a freezer label, stick it to the bag or container, and place it in the back of your freezer.
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Freeze Fudge FAQs
Here’s a few frequently asked questions we get about freezing fudge:
Yes, you can freeze homemade fudge—just remember that vegan or microwave fudge does not freeze as well as chocolate or Russian fudge. Bearing this in mind, all you need to do is allow for your homemade fudge to cool, then wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, then place it in a freezer bag or container, and store it at the back of your fridge for up to 1 year.
No, you can’t freeze fudge to make it set—it needs to be set in the refrigerator. If you tried to do this, you’ll likely need to fix your fudge, which you can do by putting the fudge into a bowl and mixing in a small amount of icing sugar to thicken it. You can also reheat your fudge in a pot and add a small amount of evaporated milk or water and cornstarch to thicken it.
Yes, you can freeze fudge made with sweetened condensed milk—this is otherwise known as Russian fudge. Once the fudge is cooled and set, wrap it tightly before popping it into a freezer bag or airtight container, seal it and store it deep within your freezer.
Fudge keeps remarkably well due to its high sugar and fat content. It can be stored in the refrigerator can last 2 to 3 weeks when kept in an airtight container. It can even be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
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How Long Can You Freeze Fudge?
Fudge can be frozen for up to 1 year. Try to defrost and eat your fudge within 3 to 6 months for better results in terms of flavor.
How Do You Thaw Frozen Fudge?
The correct way to thaw fudge is overnight in the fridge. Don’t thaw fudge at room temperature. It’s unsafe to thaw food this way because any bacteria that was present on the fudge can multiply between 40 and 140 degrees F (4.4 to 66 degrees C.)
How To Thaw Frozen Fudge
- A plate
- Take the plastic bag or container of fudge out of the freezer. Open the bag or container and take out the wrapped fudge.
- Place the wrapped fudge onto a plate and put it in the fridge. Don't unwrap it. Let it defrost overnight.
- Take the fudge out of the fridge and allow it to warm up for about 10 minutes.
- Unwrap the fudge, cut, and serve.
What to Expect After Thawing Fudge
Here’s what to expect when your frozen fudge is defrosted:
- The taste of flavored fudge can change after freezing—frozen fudge made with imitation vanilla will lose its flavor, whereas cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg become stronger after freezing.
- If you unwrap the fudge after defrosting and you see a little moisture on top, let it sit until the moisture is gone.
- If the fudge looks dry, cracked, oily or mushy, then toss it.
Thawed Fudge Shelf Life
Thawed fudge shelf life is about 1 week; eat it within this timeframe. Always keep fudge in the fridge.
Can You Re-Freeze Fudge?
Re-freezing fudge weakens its flavor and changes the texture.
With this in mind, yes, you can re-freeze it since it’s kept in the fridge and freezes well. It’s better to take portions out of the freezer and only thaw what you need.
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