Storing Fudge (2024)

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Fudge is best stored at room temperature for 2 to 3 weeks wrapped up in its original wax paper.NEVER REFRIGERATE your fudge as this will draw out the moisture and leave you with dry, crumbly fudge.

Freezing Fudge

Most of the time fudgeis consumed within the first week...however, if you plan on keeping it past the 3 week shelf life then you can freeze your fudge for up to a year by following this simple process.

  1. Wrap your fudge in an air-tight container. Several layers of saran wrap, vacuum seal, Tupperware should all keep the moisture locked in pretty good.
  2. A couple hours before you would like to enjoy your fudge, take it out of the freezer and allow it to thaw out on your counter.
  3. ENJOY!

Hard Fudge?

If fudge is left unwrapped or accidentally put in a cold area/refrigerator then the result can be hard fudge. It is possible (but not guaranteed) to reverse this process by wrapping up your fudge in several layers of clear wrap. Thisallows the moisture to re-permeate into the fudge & make it soft again.

If this doesn't work then a yummy alternative is to melt your fudge on ice cream. To do this place your fudge in a sauce pan with a splash of milk. Constantly stir until the fudge warms & softens up. Pour the fudge sauce on your ice cream and get ready for some amazing ice cream.

Storing Fudge (2024)


What is the proper storage of fudge? ›

Ensure you have kept the leftover fudge in a sealable container in a cool, dark, dry place, such as kitchen drawers, cupboards, or a pantry. Fudge stored exposed at room temperature will last for a month or two but will start to show signs of hardening around the edges and a loss of its freshness.

How do you store fudgery fudge? ›

Whether you make a batch of homemade fudge or bring home a pound of assorted flavors from the general store, the best way to keep fudge fresh is by transferring it to an airtight container and leaving it stored at room temperature.

How to store fudge made with condensed milk long term? ›

For an extra layer of protection, wrap the fudge in some wax paper before storing. Fudge should be stored in a dry, dark, and cool area away from direct sunlight, like a cupboard or pantry, and not on your kitchen counter. If you need to store your fudge for much longer, freezing is a great option.

How should fudge be? ›

It should hold together well without being too hard and, above all, has to be melty and silky in your mouth. It's the size of sugar crystals that makes the knees of fudge lovers buckle…the smaller the crystals, the less they are perceived on the tongue and the more the fudge tastes smooth and creamy.

How long will fudge last unrefrigerated? ›

Fudge is best stored at room temperature for 2 to 3 weeks wrapped up in its original wax paper. NEVER REFRIGERATE your fudge as this will draw out the moisture and leave you with dry, crumbly fudge.

Do you refrigerate fudge to harden? ›

Do not freeze the fudge to set it. Best way is to just be patient for a couple hours and set it in the fridge.

Can you store fudge in a Ziploc bag? ›

Q: How Do I store fudge? A: Storing Fudge @ Room Temp: The key to fudge is keeping the moisture in the fudge. To do this keep your fudge in wrapped in the wax paper/saran wrap that it came with. Beyond that you could place it in a zip lock bag or even heat seal it in a bag.

Can fudge be set at room temperature? ›

Proper fudge will set after sitting at room temperature for about 4 hours.

Why won't my 3 ingredient condensed milk fudge set? ›

Why won't my 3 ingredient fudge set? This often happens when the condensed milk and chocolate chip mixture isn't hot enough to start. Everything must be completely melted before it is transferred to the pan to cool.

Why is condensed milk not refrigerated? ›

Sweetened condensed milk has a longer shelf time due to its high level of sugar. Canned condensed milk can be shelved for up to a year even without refrigeration. However, after being exposed to air, canned condensed milk must be stored in the refrigerator, decreasing its shelf time significantly.

Does sweetened condensed milk fudge need to be refrigerated? ›

No, fudge doesn't need to be refrigerated. Store it in an airtight container (with wax paper between layers) at room temperature for one to two weeks.

What is the secret to good fudge? ›

You have to control two temperatures to make successful fudge: the cooking temperature AND the temperature at which the mixture cools before stirring to make it crystallize. Confectionery experiments have shown that the ideal cooking temperature for fudge is around 114 to 115 °C (237 to 239 °F).

What is the secret to smooth fudge that is not gritty? ›

Once a seed crystal forms, it grows bigger and bigger as the fudge cools. A lot of big crystals in fudge makes it grainy. By letting the fudge cool without stirring, you avoid creating seed crystals.

How do I store fudge? ›

Storing fudge in an airtight container is your best bet. Cut the fudge, and then store it in separate layers with waxed paper in between. If you intend to enjoy your fudge relatively quickly, it's best stored at room temperature short-term. If you plan to keep your fudge for longer, the freezer will be your best bet.

Do you put chocolate fudge in the fridge to set? ›

Let the fudge rest at room temperature for 15 minutes before placing in the refrigerator, uncovered. Refrigerate until the fudge is firm, about 2-3 hours (or overnight), before slicing and serving.

How to package fudge for gift giving? ›

Add a simple wooden or paper stick, some transparent gauze wrapping, a bow and a creative label to any piece of fudge, and you've now got something that looks more like an expensive candy apple than a humble square of fudge.

How long does fudge sit for? ›

Proper fudge will set after sitting at room temperature for about 4 hours. Understand that cooking the fudge properly is the skirmish before the war. The real test of your mettle will occur when you beat the fudge, and learn to master the fine art of turning and pouring.

How to save fudge that didn't set? ›

Options for what you can do with your unset fudge:

OPTION 1) Depending on how runny it is, you can either use it as a frosting for cakes, or a sauce for ice-cream. OPTION 2) Freeze it overnight.

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