How Long Does Fudge Last? (3 signs of spoilage)

In this brief article, we will answer the question how long does fudge last, we will also explain three ways to store it, and how to thaw a frozen fudge.

How Long Does Fudge Last?

On average, fudge stored at room temperature should be consumed between one to two weeks. In the refrigerator, the limit could be extended up to three weeks. And frozen fudge with air-tight packaging should last for more than three months.

Fudge is a sweet with almost 60 to 70 % percent of its contents comprising sugars. Other major ingredients include butter and milk. It is made by mixing and heating all of these ingredients until they melt; giving you a soft, spongy, yummy treat to savor.

Shelf life of fudge:

Fudge is a confectionary product with no specific shelf life but it remains safe to consume for weeks if stored properly. The estimated shelf life of fudge is normally two to three wells at room temperature and qup to three wells when refrigerated.

Packaged fudge from the market has a higher tendency to stay fresh for longer periods of time than home-made fudge. For processed fudge, check the expiry date, although it is likely that the product will remain edible for a much longer period than that.

How to tell if Fudge Has Gone Bad?

Fudge does not typically go rancid or rot in the way other bakery items usually do. There may be oxidation of chocolate, characterized by a white layer on the surface, if chocolate is included in the recipe.  It is safe to eat. The only issue is the bad taste and texture.

If fudge contains certain elements such as nuts, they may go rancid. In order to store such fudge variants, it is advised to freeze them in an air-tight container.

More often than not, eating an expired fudge won’t cause physical damage to your health or anything, but it will be a terrible experience and might ruin your perspective about sweets for good.

Here are some ways to identify if fudge is not in its best condition.

Texture:

Fudge will start to wither with the passage of time. Its surface will get a drier texture and it may develop cracks during the process.

Color:

The color of fudge changes with time. It starts to look less glossy and shiny and more dry. The color change occurs often on the surface.

Odor and Taste:

 The most general method of testing any edible, and works almost every time for fudge as well. If the smell is uncomfortable or the taste is unappetizing, dispose of your fudge collection.

How to Store Fudge?

Fudge is a spoilable food item and can not be left open as it attracts insects. to avoid its spoilage, it should be stored in proper conditions of storage and temperature. The conditions to store fudge are:

At Room Temperature

As soon as you bring fudge from the bakery, you should look for an air-tight container. If left open in the air, it can interact with water vapors in the atmosphere and absorb them. Fudge should be kept in a cool place. Exposure to sunlight or warmth may fasten the degradation rate of fats and nuts.

Refrigeration

One of the main issues with refrigerating fudge is dehydration. In fact, some bakeries advise that you do not refrigerate fudge, as it will dry out quicker. It may also absorb the odor of other foods present in the refrigerator.

However, if you do have to store it in a fridge, you should do so by wrapping it with wax paper and aluminum foil. And then putting this package into an air-tight container. Methods of refrigeration may vary depending upon the recipe and ingredients used.

Freezing

Freezing is perhaps the best method to preserve fudge in the long term. Frozen fudge in air-tight containers may last up to three months and more. While storing in a freezer, again, remember to wrap your fudge in plastic and aluminum foil and seal them in an airtight container with as little air as possible

How to thaw frozen fudge?

Frozen fudge does not remain the same in quality and appearance as fresh fudge. If it is not stored properly the surface may dry off, to avoid that always store fudge in airtight containers. The way to thaw the fudge is the same as thawing other food items.

When thawing, place the airtight container in a refrigerator. The longer the time given for it to defrost, the better its texture will be. Once it has completely thawed, you can bring it to room temperature and cherish every bite of your delectable fudge.

Conclusion:

In this brief article, we have answered the question how long does fudge last, we have also explained three ways to store it, and how to thaw a frozen fudge.

References:

https://www.canitgobad.net/can-fudge-go-bad/

https://www.triofudge.com/pages/faqs

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