How to Freeze Dry Starburst

How to Freeze Dry Starburst

Freeze Dried Candy

Starburst is a delicious candy to eat. But they stick to your teeth like crazy! If you’re lucky, they’ll even stay at the roof of your mouth. So if you want a different experience from aside from the chewing and gumminess, here’s how to freeze-dry starburst.

How Do I Prepare Starburst for Freeze Drying?

Starburst is one of the most straightforward candies to freeze dry. They’re already bite-sized, so you don’t have to cut them like tootsie rolls and snickers. They don’t expand as much as skittles and bit-o-honey do, so you don’t have to cut them into small pieces. They’re already small enough as it is.

Do I Pre-Freeze Starburst?

Pre-freezing is not necessary for candy. Especially if you have a newer model of Harvest Right freeze dryer and or an updated firmware. The latest ones have a candy mode where the trays are heated to soften the candy and slightly liquify it.

How Do I Set The Machine For Candy Mode?

Getting to the Candy Mode in your Harvest Right freeze dryer is easy.

  1. Turn on your machine and select “CUSTOMIZE”.
  2. Raise the “Dry Temp” to 135°F. You should see “Candy/High Temperature Mode” shown on the screen. For the starburst, others go up to 140°F.
  3. Press “SAVE > START”.

How Do I Freeze Dry Starburst?

Now that you know how to set your freeze-dryer to Candy Mode, let’s start freeze-drying.

  1. Put the freeze dryer on Candy Mode.
  2. Let the chamber pre-cool for 15 minutes before loading the trays.
  3. When the unit is ready, you’ll see “High Temperature Mode Candy Process” on the screen. Slide the button to the left until it shows “ON” and turns green.
  4. Close the drain valve and load the trays.
  5. Press “CONTINUE”
  6. On the next screen, you’ll see “WARM TRAYS” on display. Select “START” to begin the cycle.

How Long Does It Take to Freeze Dry Starburst?

How Long Does It Take to Freeze Dry Starburst?

Freeze drying starburst can take 12-16 hours, depending on several conditions like:

  • How much candy you’re freeze-drying.
  • The structure of the candy.
  • Temperature of the location where you put your freeze dryer.
  • The performance of your vacuum pump.

A properly freeze-dried starburst should have a light, airy, crunchy texture. Test random pieces to see if it’s dry right down the middle. If you get some that are still gooey, chewy, and cold, put the trays back for 2-3 hours of extra dry time.

How Do I Store Freeze Dried Starburst?

If you have kids who love candy, Mason Jars are excellent. You can easily open and reseal the jars whenever someone wants their sweet tooth satisfied. Mylar bags are best if you want to store the candy for long-term storage. They’re lightweight, durable, and don’t take up too much space.

Before you seal your container, make sure to add oxygen absorbers. They take out residual oxygen, which is one of the leading cause of food spoilage in food supplies. Use 1-2 of the 300cc packets per gallon-size of your container. It’s better to use more than to use less.

Where Do I Buy Freeze-Dried Starburst?

If you want to try what freeze-dried starburst is like before making your own, here’s where you can buy them.

Trendy Treats

Their freeze-dried starburst comes in a candy-pink Mylar bag with a small window. The zip-top allows for easy resealing that keeps your candy fresh between snacks. For purchasing, you can pay through Shop Pay, PayPal, and Google Pay. Once they confirm your order, Trendy Treats will ship your candies in 1-2 business days. Unfortunately, once they ship, you can’t cancel your order.

So far, most reviews show satisfied customers. A grandmother got this for her granddaughter, who has braces and says they’re perfect. You’ll be pleasantly surprised on how good they are.

The Freeze Dried Candy Store

Sweety Treaty Co.

This is for you if you’re looking for a site to buy freeze-dried starburst with several payment options.

We recommend this company because it’s one of the top brands for freeze-dried treats. It shows with the reviews saying this freeze-dried treat is delicious and worth doing a video on.

However, you might be misled by the picture they used. The first image shows a bag with a lot of freeze-dried starburst. The second picture shows a bag with ginormous freeze-dried candies. So far, most of the reviews say what they got was the second one. At  $7.49 USD for 4-5 pieces of candy, we can understand their disappointment.


The Freeze Dried Candy Store

Are you a fan of starburst minis, and are partial to specific flavors? Then try the freeze-dried starburst from the Freeze Dried Candy Store. You can get:

  • Original
  • FaveReds
  • All Pink
  • Sours

The bags also come in two sizes that can fit your hunger for sweets. The Normal (3oz) is suitable for solo binging or when you prefer to eat sweets occasionally. The Party (9oz) is great for sharing the love with family and friends.

Eating freeze-dried starburst will make you think about this candy differently. The light, airy, crunchy texture that bursts with flavor is certainly so satisfying.

Do you wish to make your own? Or prefer to buy the candy so you have room for other food in your freeze-dryer? Let us know in the comment section.

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  1. I need help with some candy that I’m doing.

  2. Connie says:

    I need help with gushers. How are these freeze-dried? My grandkids want me to try these.

    • Hi, Connie! So sweet of you to find ways to make your grandkids happy! May we know the version of your freeze-dryer? You’ll see it at the upper right corner of your freeze-dryer’s screen.

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