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How should I store homemade caramels? In the fridge or room temperature?

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I make caramels using a brown rice syrup. I want to make them and store them to give for Christmas gifts. How long will they keep their soft consistency without turning granulated? Could keeping them in the fridge help with maintaining freshness?
Recipe:
1 lb butter
2 cups brown rice syrup
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
4 cups brown sugar

I have had some caramels get a granulated texture, is the fridge helping or hurting?

Thank you !

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  1. do not store them in the fridge. wrap in wax paper and place in an air-tight container. they should last at least a month, depending on the humidity in your house.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      Thank you for your response. Do you know how long they should set before cutting? I was putting them in the fridge over night then cutting them the next day and storing them in the fridge. I thought it would make them last longer since there are no preservatives??

      1. re: pauliesmom

        don't put them in the fridge. ever. how hard or soft they are will determine the drying time. 4-6 hours, maybe a little longer. all that sugar acts like a preservative and the dry cold air of your fridge is sucking the moisture out of the candy and causing the crystallization.

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          Good to know. Thank you. Could I freeze them or will this have the same affect?

          1. re: pauliesmom

            they shouldn't be frozen. they are extremely shelf-stable, so don't worry about them going off.