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Save any non-chocolate Halloween candy left over from your hand-outs or collected from what your children have received and will not eat. Place it into a self-seal plastic bag and put it in the freezer to save for next year. I have done this for the past few years and when the season rolls around each October, I'm all set. I've never had to purchase another bag of candy.
Great idea! You can also freeze chocolate. However, the oils in it "bloom" out while frozen, producing a cloudy appearance. While I would not recommend giving out frozen, year-old chocolate the following Halloween, it can be frozen for your own use. Happy Halloween Everybody!
If you have too much chocolate left over from Easter and the kids lose interest or you want them to ease off, here's what you can do. You can cut it into little pieces and freeze it. When you make chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip muffins, or anything else needing chocolate, all you need to do is pull out some of the chocolate pieces from the freezer and you are set! No need to buy any chocolate chips until you are all out of the leftovers!
By Bellevillelady from Belleville, Ontario, Canada
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Since Easter is over, the fun jelly beans were on sale. Can I freeze them for next Easter?
That's a good question. I have not tried it so I am not sure how they would survive the freezing process.
Here is very general info for freezing candy:
Candies Make as usual. Or, freeze commercially made candy. Package.
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.
I think they may become a bit graining when thawed. Maybe someone else has had some success with this.
Jelly beans would not last long enough in our house to see if they would freeze, but if no other thoughts come in, try freezing a few (25 or so) for a few weeks and take out and see what they are like. If they don't freeze, then you haven't lost much. I would wrap them airtight to be sure no moisture gets in. I have frozen candy canes before with success. Good luck!
Don't freeze-if there is the tiniest bit of moisture they'll get stuck together, colors will run. Just store unopened in a dry place and they'll keep. I found some in back of a cupboard from last year and they were as good as new.
Jellybeans would not freeze well. Do you like to fish? Native Americans use an herb wiht a licorice flavor to fish. For Catfish use the black jellybeans. I do not know what to do with the rest of them.
Since I pack a little candy bag each nite with my husbands lunch I go the first day after each holiday an stock up on all kinds of candies...what a savings !
I bought a big plastic container an stock the candies in that (of course UNopened) I have had no problems what so ever..only when I forget to pack the little candy bag in the lunch.
Can you freeze chocolate clusters (with peanuts) and freeze M and Ms? I have too much left over from Christmas; however, I am having a gathering on January 11 and will put them out at that time. I'm not sure above freezing them or if they would be OK just in the refrigerator or left out.
Go to Google & type in "freezing chocolate candy" or something about how & length of time you can store. Came up with this link as to freezing http://www.choc reeze-candy.html but there are many others you really need to check out to be sure. Good luck & enjoy!
Can you freeze licorice?
By Linda C. from Topeka, KS
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Now is the time to gather up as much of the uneaten Halloween candy and stash it in your freezer or at least hide it from the kids. Chocolate candy can be used in place of chocolate chips for lots of your holiday baking and other kinds of candy can be used to decorate cookies, cupcakes, gingerbread houses and the like. Going out to buy this stuff later is costly, and by now your kids have had enough sugar overload anyway!
BTW, brush a little clear Karo syrup on your plain cookies and the little candies like Smarties will stick to the syrup as if with glue! Sprinkles or crushed hard candies will stick, too.
By Linda from Vista, CA
You can also use that candy and make your own "blizards" in the blender. (11/10/2008)
The little snack packs are reduced very cheap. As a teacher, they make great prizes (11/18/2008)