Shelf-Life and Storage Suggestions:
Dark chocolate can be kept for one to two years if wrapped in foil and stored in a cool, dark and dry place. A pantry or basement is an ideal location. Milk and white chocolate have a more limited storage time—no more than eight to ten months.
Hard candies can last up to a year when stored at room temperature or in a cool, dry location.
If the packaging has been opened, soft candies should be kept in a covered candy dish, away from heat and light at room temperature (about 70 degrees). Stored in this manner, the candy should last six to nine months. If the packaging has not been opened, soft sweets will last approximately twelve months.
If the packaging has been opened, candy corn should be stored under the same conditions as soft candies and will last approximately three to six months. Unopened, fresh packages will last about nine months.
As long as the packaging remains sealed, most gum products have a shelf-life of six to nine months. To maximize product freshness, keep chewing gum packages in a cool, dry place and out of any direct sunlight.
Caramel treats should be kept covered, away from heat and light at room temperature. Stored properly, caramel should last six to nine months and even up to twelve months in some cases.
Protect Candy in the Pantry.
While different types of candy have different storage requirements, the pantry is generally a safe place to stash sweets. Airtight storage in a cool place will ensure a longer shelf-life. Some treats may also be frozen.
Wrap It Up.
Treats such as taffies, caramels and nougats should be protected from dampness during storage. Before storing away, make sure these sweets are wrapped individually with clear cellophane.
Use Caution When Freezing.
Freezing is a popular method for keeping candy over long periods of time. However, not all sweets are suited for the freezer. While toffee and truffles can be frozen for up to two months, avoid freezing candy with fruits and nuts.
Avoid Moisture Mixes.
Do not mix candies that absorb moisture – such as caramels, mints and hard candies – with candies that lose moisture like fudge and creamy candies. Storing these sweets in the same container will cause the harder candies to become sticky. To make sure that hard candies stay hard, sprinkle with finely ground sugar and store in an airtight jar.