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A Must-Know: How to Maintain the Flavor and Freshness of Candies

by Jocelyn Balais on February 20, 2024


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Do you need sugary foods to get through the day? Do you like throwing people for a loop with unexpected candy boxes? If you want your sweets to stay as fresh and tasty as possible for as long as possible, proper storage is essential.

At Vintage Candy Company, we create individualized candy gift boxes for family and friends of all ages and genders. This article offers storing recommendations to help our clients enjoy their candies longer.

How to store candy for display

Candy must be adequately displayed if it is to last. Sweets must be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to avoid melting or spoiling. Keep chocolates and candies that melt quickly in hot temperatures away from radiators and ovens. A fan can also circulate air around the screen and keep it from becoming too hot.

Keeping your sweets last (even after they are opened) 

The type of candy, how it is packaged, and how it is stored all impact how long it will last. Hard candies and gummies, for example, can last up to a year if stored in a cool, dry place with no air in the container.

When properly stored, chocolates have a shelf life of up to six months. Candy can last a few weeks to several months after opening, depending on the type and storage circumstances.

A must-have to keep sweets fresh for a long time: jars

Glass jars or plastic containers with tight lids are ideal for storing candy. Marking the containers with the date they were filled is an excellent way to track how long the goodies will last. You should keep your sweets in a cool, dry place, out of the sun and the rain, to keep them from going rancid.

Curious about how long would candy survive if stored in a sealed jar? Candy won't go wrong as quickly and won't get soggy from condensation if stored in airtight containers.

Candies such as chocolates, gummies, and hard candies can be safely stored for up to a year in an airtight glass container. Keep the container in a dry, dark place.

Advice on the Proper Storage of Hard Candies:

Although hard candies are always popular, their irregular shapes might make it difficult to stock up on them. Maintaining their original form and flavor requires an airtight container.

Several methods to keep hard candies fresher for longer are as follows:

  1. Under no circumstances should you wet them. Candies, especially the hard ones, can get sticky when they absorb moisture from the air.
  2. Hard candies, once wrapped in wax paper or cellophane, are best stored in an airtight container. The candy's original flavor remains even after so much time has passed.
  3. Sweets with strong flavors. Hard candies that are mixed together can leave you with a sour sensation in your mouth. To avoid this problem altogether, sort your hard candies into containers based on their taste.
  4. Keep them inside, where it's cold and dark, to protect them from the sun. Certain sweets, such as chocolate, can soften under the warmth of the sun because they are easily damaged. Keep the container in a cool, dry place to prevent condensation.

The use of paper bags for storing candy

When it comes to long-term candy storage, paper bags aren't the best option because of how much moisture they can absorb. 

If you only need the sweets for a few days, paper bags will suffice. Chocolates and gummies can be kept in a paper bag for up to six months, and hard candies for even a year, provided they are preserved in a cool, dry place.

There may be more long-term solutions than using paper bags for confectionery storage, but the tried and tested method is to store them in airtight containers or jars stored away from sunlight, and moist still works best. 

Refrigerating candies

Condensation and moisture from the refrigerator degrade candy's flavor and texture; however, exceptions exist.

Hard candies: Airtight and dry. This candy is ideal for long-term storage because it has low moisture.

Chocolate: Dry, dark chocolate lasts two years. Consume milk or white chocolate within a few months. Store chocolate away from moisture, heat, and light.

Gummies: In a sealed container away from light and air, gummies last a year. Airtight containers in cold, dry conditions preserve these treats. Avoid dampness, heat, and direct sunlight.

Lollipops: Like hard candies, keep lollipops in an airtight container in a cold, dry area. Their corn syrup and sugar make them shelf-stable. Dry them to avoid clumping or melting.

Candy canes: Sugar and corn syrup make candy canes durable. Store them in the original package in an airtight container in a cool, dry location.

Fudge: Seal and refrigerate or freeze fudge. To preserve long-term freshness, inspect the candies often. If candy changes color, texture, or flavor, discard it.


Properly storing your favorite candy keeps them fresh for display or long-term storage. Keep sweets dry and away from moisture and extreme temperatures. 

Looking for a unique way to delight a loved one (or yourself)?

Look no further than Vintage Candy Company's online store for a one-of-a-kind candy gift box that will make your taste buds dance! 

We've got you covered whether you're in the mood for something sour, chocolatey, or gummy. And don't worry about spoilage; our treats will stay fresh until you're ready to eat them.

So, why delay? Treat yourself or someone special TODAY!

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