How Long Does It Take to Freeze-Dry Candy?

How Long Does It Take to Freeze-Dry Candy?

Mmmm…. freeze-dried candy. Our true love. And no, we’re not exaggerating. If you’ve been following along on our blog for a while now, you know how much we truly love freeze-dried candy. It’s sweet, fun, and simply delicious!


Hopefully, our blog has inspired you to begin your own freeze-drying adventure. You have a list of candies you’re eager to pop into your freeze-dryer, and can’t wait to get started! But you may be wondering, how long does it take to freeze-dry candy? What sort of time commitment should you expect?


If you want to know exactly how long it takes to freeze-dry candy, keep reading! We’ll break it all down for you, so you know what you’re getting yourself into.


Freeze-drying is a bit of a lengthy process. It can take anywhere between 20 to 40 hours, depending on the candy. In general, the more water content a candy has, the longer it will take to freeze-dry.


But some can be done in as little as 5-6 hours! Tiny candies with little water content freeze-dry super quickly, so stick to these if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth but don’t have much time on your hands.


The time it takes also depends on what you’re using to freeze-dry your candy. Here at That Sweet Lyfe, we like to use the Harvest Right freeze-dryer. But there are many different machines available on the market.


We will say, these machines can be a bit on the pricier side, so if you’re looking to save money and still enjoy your favourite candies in a freeze-dried form, don’t worry. There are many ways to freeze-dry at home without a machine, though these methods tend to take much longer.


If you really are a freeze-drying enthusiast, we recommend biting the bullet and investing in a machine. Not only will it cut the time it takes to freeze-dry in half, but it also makes the process so much easier. The machine will do all the work for you, and alert you with a beep when the process is complete. That way, you can go about your day while your candies are in the freeze-drier, and save yourself some time (busy girls, unite!).


Of course, if you’re not interested in buying a machine or going through the waiting process – we’ve got you covered. Use our website to buy your ready-to-eat batch of freeze-dried candy. We have everything from Salt Water Taffy to Hi Chews, and more to come! All you have to do is order, and enjoy. When you taste our delicious, sweet treats, we guarantee you’ll be coming back for more.

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