Most cookies will stay fresh when stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about three days. After 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. 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. Use these types for storing candies:
- Protect truffles, caramels, nougats, and popcorn balls from dampness by wrapping them individually in clear plastic wrap.
- 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.