Buying candy when it’s on sale after holidays can save you a lot of money. Learn how to freeze candy, how long you can freeze candy and why you should.
A good way to stock up on candy for baking and treats during the holidays is by buying and freezing candy after other holidays. After Valentine’s Day, you can get red and white candy and other holidays just look for candy that isn’t holiday specific.
This can save you a lot of money by doing this instead of buying candy while it’s regular price during the holiday season. And most candy can be frozen easily and for plenty of time.
I also like doing this because you can start your holiday baking earlier if you already have the candy on hand. If you want to make M&M cookies early and freeze the dough to make around the holidays, stock up on M&Ms after other holidays. It can end up being a big time and stress saver.
How to Freeze Candy
It’s best to store candy in an air-tight container. If you haven’t opened the candy yet put the bags in a plastic freezer bag for extra protection.
Be sure to write the type of candy and date on the side of the container so you know how long you have had it. You don’t want to have to just try and remember several months later.
How Long Can You Freeze Candy?
These are general guidelines for how long you should freeze candy. The candy should be safe long after these dates but likely won’t taste as good.
- Chocolates: One year
- Chocolate Bars: One Year
- Caramels: Six months
- Peanut Butter Cups: Six months
- Jellybeans: 10 months
For other candy try to stick to about six months. It’s likely fine longer than that but that’s a safe bet. Homemade candy is usually better used sooner because it doesn’t have all of the preservatives that store bought candy often has.