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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 3:27 am 
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i was thinking about my kids.. and that they do like candy, and i like candy.. the typical candy that you'd buy on the shelves.. kit kat, hersheys etc..

what is the best way to store candy bars and things like this.. because it will be an important thing if TSHTF, or in a PAW situation..

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 3:38 am 
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Processed chocolate doesn't store long term very well, I would go with hard candy and mason jars.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 3:45 am 
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the kids like processed chocolates, etc..

i think there are freeze dried 3 musketeer bars, etc.. i wonder if freeze drying would save a Twix Bar, or something like that.. in a good way..

it's hard when you really prefer something and know that those would be gone..

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Save on dental bills and switch them over to slim jims and beef jerky ?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 4:09 am 
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bonanacrom is right, most commercially available chocolate isn't going to store very well. The only alternative that comes to mind is something like the heat-resistant "tropical" and "desert" Hershey bars that were produced for the military, but I don't know if anyone sells anything along those lines to the public...

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When my family's y2k buckets needed to be rotated out, we ate what we could out of them, which was basically everything but the candy bars.

+1 to hard candy, we actually just bought a ton of bulk jolly ranchers from the after halloween sales for our food preps. We keep them in small rubbermaid tubs.

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THROBGOD13 wrote:

i think there are freeze dried 3 musketeer bars, etc.. i wonder if freeze drying would save a Twix Bar, or something like that.. in a good way..


The only freeze-dried stuff I can think of is astronaut ice cream.

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Have you tried the freezer? :lol:


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jolly ranchers will outlast superman and withstand the nuclear inferno of the sun. at least that's what my teeth are claiming.


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Funny you should bring this up. :lol:

http://www.mredepot.com/servlet/the-513 ... ate/Detail

I can usually get a year to year and six months out of chocolates by sealing them in seal-a-meal type bags and keeping them out of the heat. Note: ONLY seal ONE TYPE of candy together at a time. For instance sealing Reese's cups and any kind of chocolate mint ... makes a nasty combo.

The peanut butter taffy type stuff is pretty good long term as well, just make sure you don't yank out a filling. :shock:

But hard candies last the longest.

Alternative would be to get a copy-cat recipe where you could approximate the taste/texture of their favorite candy. Its not that hard.

Baker's chocolate or melting wafers that you can add flavorings to also keep pretty well.

If anyone wants a particular copy-cat recipe give me a list and I'll see if I can find them.

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This site has recipes for giant versions of popular candies.

I'm sure it could be adapted to normal sized treats.

Chowhounds also has a recipe for homemade peanut butter cups: http://www.chow.com/recipes/11056

Maybe also look into stocking ingredients for fudge recipes? Many rely on cocoa powder instead of chocolate, an ingredient that has a much longer shelf life.


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If you are storing chocolate, I'd think M&Ms would be best. The plain or the dark, not the PB or peanut ones, just because peanut products can get funky. Vacuum pack them with food-safe desiccant pack, store in a cool, dry, dark place.

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I heard Twinkies last forever...

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I think you have to rotate it like anything else. Luckily, there's a bunch of nicely spaced massively cheap candy buying opportunities throughout the year (after Halloween, Christmas, Easter, and Valentine's Day).

If you're talking like stockpiling for the PAW, I think you'll just have to ration your stash, because like others have said it'll go stale/weird/crumbly somewhat quickly. And there's only so much candy you can eat (normally) without the law of diminishing returns taking effect.

Though ya know, maybe it won't be so bad after you're used to eating eyeballs, testicles, placentas, and sweetbreads for a few months...stale candy might taste just as good as the real thing. ;>


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Tootsie rolls in mason jars last a long time.

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I've had some really old Jolly Ranchers that were hard to peel
the plastic wrappers off .The plastic came off in little pieces.
It might be a good idea to peel them, then dust them with
powdered sugar before storage.

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GeneralDiscontent wrote:

The only freeze-dried stuff I can think of is astronaut ice cream.


That stuff is really good, and it comes in chocolate. :D

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zephyrkyuubi wrote:
GeneralDiscontent wrote:

The only freeze-dried stuff I can think of is astronaut ice cream.


That stuff is really good, and it comes in chocolate. :D


To each his own - I haven't tried it since I was a candy-obsessed kid, and even then I thought it was nasty. :(

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I'm with GD. I like the texture of the "astronaut ice cream", because it reminds me of vinegar/"honeycomb" candy, but...otherwise, uck.

I do like freeze dried fruit though. Maybe the dairy aspect (assuming it's real dairy in the first place) just doesn't do it for me.


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M&Ms seem to last longer than most "'chocolate' coated" candy, even the individually wrapped mini-bars.

+1 to 'Candy is best when rotated.'

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just a reminder. sugar and hard candies are hygroscopic, so make sure to toss in a few silica packs with your candy balls.

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KillaICM wrote:
Have you tried the freezer? :lol:


Why is Domokun humping a Wheatabix?

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What about using a food sealer? I figure it would be exposure to heat, air, and moisture that would degrade the candy. If you can take two of those things out of the equation it should make for a much more shelf stable item.

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Have you tried the freezer? :lol:


Why is Domokun humping a Wheatabix?

I don't know but damn if it isn't the funniest shit I have seen all day. :lol:

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