Having an overabundance of Halloween candy after a shortage of wizards can result in a disappointing night. So, what to do with all these gifts?
Throwing things in the garbage can make you feel like you're wasting money, especially when we're talking about expensive candies in this scary season. No, you do not have to eat everything either. Freezing your candies is a great frugal solution for all kinds of edible treats. Let's take a look at this iced candy solution (and when it's best to avoid it).
How to keep the leftover Halloween candy
Seal your candies using an airtight container, freezer bag or sturdy freezer envelope. Be sure to indicate on your sealed container the date and type of candy you are freezing. It's also a good idea to add an expiration date so you can easily know when it needs to be unloaded.
Each type of candy has its specific guidelines for storage. Follow the recommendations below for scary results.
Lifetime for various sweets
According to National Association of ConfectionsMany types of candies are doing well as long as they are properly wrapped and stored in a cool, dry place. The NCA also claims that you should avoid freezing candies with fruits and nuts. Here are some recommendations for freezing your candies.
Dark chocolate: Freezing dark chocolate does not necessarily extend the shelf life, but if you live in a warm place, it's a good option. As long as it is properly sealed, you can keep it up to two years. But do you really think you can store it for years without indulge in a few bites?
Milk and white chocolate: This type of chocolate will last up to one year in the freezer or in an airtight container at room temperature.
Gummy candy: As long as you seal and store the candies correctly, they will stay in the freezer for up to twelve months for optimum quality.
Hard candies: Hard candies will keep their best quality in the freezer for up to a year.
Caramel sweets: The caramel candies must be very well closed and protected from moisture. If they are stored properly, they taste better when frozen for more than twelve months.
If you're not a fan of the freezer, do not worry, you can do a lot with Halloween candy leftovers. Try baking it in a fun dessert or mix it with a Chex mix, trail mix. However, if your goal is to avoid extra calories, bring them to the office.