How do I store homemade cookies and candy so they stay fresh?
Most cookies will stay fresh stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about three days. Beyond that it's best to freeze them.
Most candies will keep well for two to three weeks if stored tightly covered in a cool, dry place. Use these tips for storing different types of candy It's best to avoid storing different types of candy together in the same container because hard candies will become soft and sticky, and soft candies will dry out. In other words, don't store your Crystal Candies with Southern Pralines. Use these tips for storing your candy:
- To protect brittles and toffees from dampness, layer them in an airtight container between sheets of waxed paper.
- To preserve the glossy finish on chocolate-covered candies, separate chocolates from one another by storing them in paper candy cups.
- To prevent divinity from quickly drying out, store it in an airtight container lined with waxed paper.
- Gumdrops are an exception to storing candies tightly covered. They need to be loosely covered so their surface remains dry. Moisture makes the sugar coating soft and sticky.
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