Can You Freeze Cotton Candy?

Have you bought too much cotton candy and don’t think you are going to be able to finish it all? Perhaps you have a cotton candy machine and want to know whether you can make a big batch and store it away for a rainy day? Either way, can it be frozen like other foods as a means of storage? Well, here is everything you are going to want to know and consider.

So, can you freeze cotton candy? You can freeze cotton candy, but you will want to ensure it is kept in an airtight container. Otherwise, the cotton candy will quickly become hard and inedible. Properly sealed frozen cotton candy should last indefinitely and will not require defrosting prior to consumption.

Excellent news, right?

But it is essential that you are careful and mindful when it comes to freezing.

Get it wrong and your cotton candy will quickly spoil.

So keep reading as I walk you through exactly how to freeze cotton candy to ensure it lasts and you get the most out of your efforts!

How To Properly Freeze Cotton Candy

To freeze cotton candy, you are going to want to:

  1. Transfer your cotton candy into a resealable freezer bag. You can either keep it on a stick/cone or remove it first.
  2. Next, be sure to press any excess air out the bag (without squishing the cotton candy together). Seal the bag firmly shut.
  3. Net, transfer the bag into an airtight container. Ensure the lid is firmly shut and there is not the possibility that the lid will dislodge or come off.

This double protection will help ensure that no air or moisture can access the cotton candy, helping to preserve it indefinitely.

And when it comes to selecting freezer bags, I’d actually recommend these ones from Amazon.

They are extra thick and a fantastic size, ensuring all your cotton candy can fit neatly inside without being squashed together. At the same time, the durability will ensure you do not accidentally pierce the packaging, nor let any moisture in (which will tarnish you candy).

What Happens To Frozen Cotton Candy?

Cotton candy placed in the freezer should remain in-tact. In fact, little actually will happen, and it shouldn’t even ‘freeze’ like other foods. This is because cotton candy so not container and moisture – it’s just sugar and air – there is literally nothing that can freeze!

As such, if stored correctly and appropriately, the flavor, color or fluffy consistency is not going to change.

Which leads me to the next point.

Do You Have To Defreeze Cotton Candy?

The best part about freezing cotton candy, other than preserving it indefinitely, is that you do not need to defreeze it when you are ready to eat it.

All you need to do is remove the cotton candy from the storage containers, and you can eat it right away.

Just be sure you do so relatively quickly. If left out it will begin to spoil (in as little as two hours).

Equally, it is not a good idea to then place back inside the freezer once you’re done.

So only get out what you intend on eating, and be quick to reseal the bag/airtight container lid.

Essentially, the less exposure to air and humidity, the better!

How Long Will Frozen Cotton Candy Last?

If stored appropriately and the cotton candy is kept from air and moisture, cotton candy stored in the freezer can last indefinitely. However, if the cotton candy is exposed to moisture, heat or air, it will deteriorate quickly, in as little as a couple of hours.

This is why the choice of your storage vessel(s), and how you use them is so important.

Can You Put Cotton Candy In The Refrigerator?

You can put cotton candy in the refrigerator, but you will need to ensure it is sealed and kept in an airtight container.

Otherwise, just as is the case with freezing, you will find that your cotton candy quickly spoils, clump and go hard.

Besides, refrigerators are actually very moist environments.

And the water droplets in the air will quickly absorb into the cotton candy and make it indebile.

So, be sure to invest in some good, air-tight storage containers and be sure to keep the lid on!

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