After you prepare your holiday helping of fudge this season, keep in mind proper storage of your treats to make sure that they stay fresh. Whether you plan to give your fudge as gifts to friends and family or keep some for yourself, store it correctly to make sure that the maximum shelf life is reached while at the same time protecting the texture of your confection.
The maximum shelf life of your holiday fudge can be reached by storing it in the freezer until you're ready to eat it., where it will keep for several months. Fudge stored in the freezer should be wrapped in waxed paper as well as aluminium foil and placed in an air tight, freezer safe container. The combination of waxed paper, aluminium foil and the air tight container will reduce the amount of moisture the fudge is exposed to and will maintain the consistency of the fudge once it is thawed.
When you're ready to thaw the fudge, remove it from the freezer but allow the fudge to stay wrapped until it has reached room temperature. Consider wrapping and freezing fudge in single-serving sized portions so that it can be removed from the freezer in small amounts at a time.
Store your fudge in the refrigerator to extend the life of your treat for up to three weeks. Line an airtight container with a piece of waxed paper and separate layers of fudge with additional layers of waxed paper. The waxed paper will prevent the fudge from sticking to the container or to itself while being stored. Before serving your fudge, allow it to remain sealed in the container until it returns to room temperature.
Fudge that will not be refrigerated can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks. Line your air tight container with waxed paper to prevent fudge from sticking and store it out of direct sunlight in a cool dark location to prevent the fudge from melting. Fudge that will be given as gifts in non-airtight containers should be transferred the day it is given to the recipient to maximise the freshness and texture of the fudge.
If you are shipping your fudge to out of town friends and family then take special care to wrap the fudge to protect it on the trip. Consider wrapping individual pieces of fudge in waxed paper and fit them securely in a decorative airtight container. Stuff any open spaces in the container with additional waxed paper to prevent the fudge from becoming damaged during transit. Consider expediting the shipment of your holiday fudge to be certain that it reaches its destination as quickly as possible.