Does Fudge Need to be Refrigerated?

Every year, my Grandma would make the most delectable fudge I have ever tasted. It’s something I look forward to every year. Unfortunately, She has declined in recent years and has left fudge-making to me. (Which is perfectly fine, and I’m happy to do it!)

During my learning journey to make fudge, I ran into a few obstacles. I was burning the ingredients in the saucepan, leaving it in the fridge for too long, and not storing it correctly, to name a few. 

But with plenty of practice, I learned how to be successful – not only at making the fudge but storing it properly.

What I discovered is that fudge should absolutely not be stored in the refrigerator. The fridge will suck out the much-needed moisture from the fudge, causing a dried-out, crumbly, and rock-hard mess as unpalatable as it gets.

Keep reading to find out more crucial fudge-storing info!

Does Fudge Need to be Refrigerated?

I love my refrigerator. No, really. I wish I could store everything in there, and to be honest, I do. Heck, I have even stored bread successfully in the fridge and do it often. Needless to say, the fridge was my first thought when it came to fudge storage.

But boy, was I wrong.

Fudge does not need to be refrigerated. The fridge is going to cause more harm than good. The best place for your fresh batch of fudge is right there on the countertop.

I know this can be confusing, as some people place their fudge in the fridge to help it set and harden up a tad. The thing to remember is that the refrigerator is only meant for those two purposes: setting and hardening. 

Once that’s complete, the fudge should be placed back on the counter.

In fact, setting and hardening in the fridge aren’t essential. You can leave it on the countertop. And while, yes, it will take a lot longer to set, it’s worth it. 

How to Store Fudge in the Refrigerator

Let me repeat it: you do not need to store fudge in the refrigerator. But, if for whatever reason you think you need to, you can be successful.

The most important thing to remember is that you want to keep the elements (moisture, air, etc.) away from your fudge. Fudge is delicate and will get ruined if it’s not cared for properly.

If you want to store your fudge in the fridge, do the following:

Step 1: Wrap the fudge with a layer or two of plastic wrap. Make sure the wrap is nice and tight against the fudge and that all areas of the fudge are covered.

Step 2: Place in an airtight container. Always use a sealable and lockable container

Step 3: Store towards the back of the fridge. The fridge door has too many temperature fluctuations that can damage your fudge. Keep it in the back and ensure it is far away from any strong-smelling leftovers or ingredients.

Two Best Ways to Store Fudge

One more time, for those that didn’t hear it in the back: fudge does not need to be stored in the refrigerator, and doing so can cause your fudge to dry out and become unappealing. Here are two way better options for fudge storage.

1. At Room Temperature

Fudge is known for its creamy, silky, and smooth consistency, with just the right amount of “stiffness” and chocolatey goodness. And the best way to hold on to this luscious texture is to store it at room temperature.

Now, that doesn’t mean you should leave your fudge out in the open to fend for itself. You will want to use your trusty airtight container to store your fudge. You don’t need to cover it in plastic wrap before storing it in the container, but you can if you’d like to!

Stored at room temperature, the fudge will last 2-3 weeks. 

2. In the Freezer

Want to extend the lifespan of your fudge generously? Look no further than your handy freezer! The freezer is always the go-to for lengthening the shelf life of food items, including fudge. As a matter of fact, fudge can last up to three months in the freezer. Wow.

Storing in the freezer requires a few additional steps to ensure the fudge stays fresh and moist. Here’s how:

Step 1: Wrap the fudge in plastic wrap. 

Step 2: Wrap the fudge in aluminum foil.

Step 3: Place inside an airtight container.

Step 4: Store the fudge towards the back of the freezer.

When you’re ready to eat your fudge, thawing is a cinch. Simply set the container on the countertop at room temperature for an hour or two and enjoy! The fudge should have the same texture and flavor as the night you made it or bought it. Yum!

How to Use Leftover or Dried-Out Fudge

Stuck with way too much fudge than you’ll ever eat? Did you store your fudge in the fridge, and now it’s become an inedible mess? Regardless of why you need to use up all this fudge, I have some recipes that will pique your palate.

  • Fudge sauce. Fudge sauce is lovely because it will mask any dried-out fudge and bring it back to chocolatey goodness. You can pour it over just about anything, but on top of ice cream seems to be the crowd favorite.
  • Beef stew. Yes, you read that correctly. Beef stew can get a luxurious flavor makeover with a few chunks of fudge dropped inside. Yes, it might sound a bit odd at first. But don’t knock it till you try it!


Fudge doesn’t need to be refrigerated. It’s recommended to keep your fudge far, far away from the fridge. Here are a few more questions you might be asking yourself.

Can I leave fudge out overnight?

You can leave your fudge out overnight. In fact, you leave it at room temp (in an airtight container) for up to two weeks. Although fudge contains dairy, the sugar stabilizes it to ensure it will remain safe and delicious for weeks on the countertop.

Can you eat unrefrigerated fudge?

Yes, because fudge is supposed to be unrefrigerated. Look for signs of spoilage if it’s been longer than two weeks. Such signs include dryness and cracking of the surface and sliminess or liquid pools. 

How long does fudge need to be set?

If you’re setting the fudge on the counter, it could easily take up to three hours or more. Using the fridge will cut down the time tremendously, which most fudge sets in as little as 45 minutes to an hour. Keep an eye on it and remove it the second it’s set.

Final Words

Fudge does not need to be refrigerated, and you risk dried-out, rock-hard fudge. If you need to store it in the fridge, ensure it is wrapped and stored in an airtight container. The best option is to keep the fudge at room temp for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to three months.

How do you store your fudge? Do you store it in the fridge? Share with us!

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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  • ET

    Hmm. The ambient summer temperature here is about 35 degrees Celsius (which I think is about 95 Fahrenheit) – leaving fudge on the counter top will result in fudge soup (unless you’re making that super hard type of fudge, which I don’t). Counter top is simply not an option in summer and barely an option in winter in the tropics. I’ve got multiple layers of plastic, what I hope is an air tight container… sounds like the freezer is the next step?

    • Michelle

      Hi ET,
      I would recommend the freezer instead of the refrigerator for fudge. So, yes, you are correct.
      Happy baking, and enjoy your fudge,