The appearance of packaged fudge is important if you plan to give the candy as a gift, but wrapping it safely is just as important. Because fudge is naturally soft and pliable, rather than brittle and breakable, it travels easily — whether you present it in person or send it through the mail. Treat commercial and homemade fudge in the same manner when you wrap it for mailing or package it for storing it at home.
Because fudge contains a large amount of sugar, it stays safe to eat for about two weeks stored at room temperature. If you layer cut pieces of fudge between layers of waxed paper, the pieces won’t stick together. Store the fudge in an airtight container made of glass, tin or plastic. The fudge will soften, or ripen, at room temperature, but it will still be safe to eat. Wrapped in the same way, fudge stays safe and fresh for about three weeks in the refrigerator.
If you plan to give someone fudge in person, begin by placing cellophane or parchment paper inside a gift tin or box. Place a piece of waxed paper cut to size in the bottom of the container and layer the fudge on top, with more layers of waxed paper in between the layers. Include a small notecard with storage instructions, letting your recipient know to place the fudge in an airtight container if you’ve presented it in a cardboard gift box.
Wrapping for Mailing
Always use first-class postage when you mail fudge and let your recipient know that a package that contains food is on the way. Include storage tips in the package for keeping the food fresh. Because fudge is so pliable, you can simply place the gift-wrapped package inside any sturdy box. If you mail it during warm summer temperatures, place a frozen gel pack wrapped and sealed in plastic so it doesn’t leak in the outer packaging box to keep the gift container cool.
Fudge stays in good condition in the freezer up to one year as long as you wrap it so that it’s airtight. Wrap pieces of fudge in plastic with waxed paper in between the pieces, or freeze an entire block of fudge in one mass, also wrapped in plastic. Place the plastic bundle in foil to wrap a second time; this second wrapping helps ensure that no air or ice crystals will form on the fudge. Thaw frozen fudge in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
References and ResourcesCrafty Baking: Fudge
United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service: Mail Order Food Safety