So your kids brought home a big stash of Halloween candy. That’s means lots of goodies for everyone to enjoy. What’s not so great is that unless you put that candy away, chances are it could all be eaten within a few days, much to the chagrin of most parents and dentists. If you’d like to ration your confection collection, here are some Halloween candy storage tips to ensure that your sweets stay fresh.
- Store candy in air-tight containers, in their original wrappers. To maintain freshness, taste and texture, it is best to leave the wrappers on until you are ready to eat the candy.
- Keep hard candy like lollipops and chocolates/cream-type candies like taffy and caramels in separate containers. Chocolates and cream candies lose moisture but the hard candy will absorb the moisture and can become sticky.
- Nuts can go bad so try to eat candy that contains nuts first.
- Chocolate candy bars in wrappers can be frozen and can be kept in the freezer for up to 12 months. Do not freeze candy that has fruit or nuts. The texture will change and the candy might lose taste.
- Chocolate should be stored in a dark, dry, and slightly cool place. High temperatures can cause chocolate to turn gray due to the cocoa butter rising to the surface.
- Keep chocolate away from smelly foods. Chocolate can absorb pungent odors which may affect the flavor.
- In an unopened package, gummy candy can stay fresh for up to 6 months but like chocolate, gummies should be kept in a cool, dry area.
- Gum is also best kept in a cool, dry place, and away from direct sunlight. When kept in an unopened package, gum has a shelf life of about 9 months.
- Help keep licorice soft by storing it in its unopened package in a place that doesn’t get too cool. If temperatures get too cold, the licorice can lose moisture and become hard.
- If you have opened hard candy that you’d like to keep fresh, sprinkle granulated sugar over the candy and store in an airtight container. The sugar will help absorb moisture so the candy doesn’t become too sticky.
And don’t forget…
There are other things you can do with your Halloween candy:
- Use the candy to decorate cupcakes, cookies and cakes, add to cookie or brownie batter, or make a leftover Halloween candy trail mix.
- Save the candy for the holidays and use it to decorate gingerbread houses.
- Donate the candy. Bring a box of candy to a nursing home, homeless shelter, women’s shelter, food bank, or other organization so that others can share and enjoy your bounty of sweet treats.