Last Updated: May 4, 2023 @ 1:52 pm.

Great for camping, backpacking or just an unusual gift, the best freeze-dried candy can give a new spin on an old treat. We tried out freeze-dried candy from 10 brands, looking for the best taste and flavor. Here are the one we think are best.

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Finding the Best Freeze-Dried Candy: Tips & Tricks

Have you tried freeze-dried candy?

Perfect for that camping trip or other backwoods adventure, freeze-dried candy companies take candy favorites and put them through a freeze dryer. The result removes all the water from the candy—and transforms the candy both physically and flavor/texture-wise.

A few notes on this process:

• Even though freeze-dried candy uses brand-name candies, the freeze drying process is done by a third-party company that is not associated with the brand. 

• Flavors can become more intense. Freeze-drying will change the taste of candy. In our tests, we found the flavors to be more, well, flavorful . . . sometimes significantly more intense!

• Chew is often replaced by crunch. That is, candy that is chewy is now crunchy. 

We did a blind taste test with several top freeze-dried candy companies. Here are the ones we thought tasted the best!

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Best Crunch

Made in the USA
So tasty! We loved how crunchy these candies were on the outside, while powdery inside. Unique . . . and quite addictive!
$7.50 ($1.25 / Ounce)

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Best Ice Cream

So yummy
This one was a favorite among our kid testers, who loved this crunchy version of chocolate mint ice cream.

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Best Gift Idea

Resealable pouch a plus
Delicious freeze-dried fruit candies with great crunch and flavor. A winner with our testers.
$10.48 ($2.62 / Ounce)

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Best Unique Treat

Fruity and fun
And now for something different—yes, this is freeze-dried taffy in a variety of flavors. Our favorite was banana!
$24.89 ($3.11 / Ounce)

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