Freezing Candy

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Whether you are making candy ahead for gifts or got a good sale price at the store, freezing is one way to store candy. This is a page about freezing candy.


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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.

By Marie from West Dundee, IL

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April 21, 2009

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!


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April 24, 2004

Since Easter is over, the fun jelly beans were on sale. Can I freeze them for next Easter?


April 25, 20041 found this helpful

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.

Storage Length:
1 year?

I think they may become a bit graining when thawed. Maybe someone else has had some success with this.

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By Homemaker (Guest Post)
April 26, 20041 found this helpful

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!

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By Linda (Guest Post)
April 26, 20041 found this helpful

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.

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By EMaryBelle Wrightnter your name. (Guest Post)
April 27, 20041 found this helpful

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.

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By jodi (Guest Post)
June 4, 20041 found this helpful

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.

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By Gianni (Guest Post)
December 21, 20041 found this helpful

How long can you freeze candy canes for? I'm pretty sure you can freeze them but I need to know how long. Please if you know e-mail me at and put in the subject candy cane post. Thanks a lot!

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October 31, 20170 found this helpful

We atayed at a campground where they were frozen for the year. When defrosted they were awful. They were so sticky, and melted in your hands leaving them sticky mess everywhere and staining your hands the color of the beans..


Frozen chocolate on the other hand freezes fine. Maybe because its wrapped. We use a vacuum sealing machone and so its double wrapped and protect if from breaking into a millions of pieces by putting those vacuum packed containers so that other things thrown in the freezer doesnt break it up.

I havent done it but some will chop candy and freeze it , using as needed for cookies or other desserts calling for chocolate chips

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December 28, 2013

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.


By Nickie


December 29, 20131 found this helpful

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 but there are many others you really need to check out to be sure. Good luck & enjoy!

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October 31, 20161 found this helpful

I always freeze M&M's from one year to the next. They're still fantastic. Just put them in a zip lock bag for freezing. I also do this for Andes chocolates.

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December 11, 2017

Can you freeze potato candy?


December 12, 20170 found this helpful

No you can refridgerate up a week.

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December 17, 20170 found this helpful

What is potato candy?

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December 17, 20170 found this helpful

Potatoes do not freeze well, so I would say no.

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December 18, 20170 found this helpful

It's candy that is made from potatoes. Here are some recipes and questions in this guide.

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May 29, 2014

Can you freeze licorice?

By Linda C. from Topeka, KS

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April 21, 2009

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


Save Left Over Halloween Candy for Holiday Baking

You can also use that candy and make your own "blizards" in the blender. (11/10/2008)

By mom-from-missouri

Save Left Over Halloween Candy for Holiday Baking

The little snack packs are reduced very cheap. As a teacher, they make great prizes (11/18/2008)

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